Raffaella Carrà

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Raffaella Maria Roberta Pelloni (born 18 June 1943), better known as Raffaella Carrà (Italian: [raffaˈɛlla karˈra]), is an Italian singer, dancer, television presenter, and actress. She is a popular figure in Europe and Latin America, both as a result of her many well-known taped presentations and records, and because of her many popular TV shows. Carrà is widely regarded as a gay icon.[1][2]

Raffaella Carrà
Raffaella Carrà 74.jpg
Carrà in 1974
Raffaella Maria Pelloni

(1943-06-18) 18 June 1943 (age 77)
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Showgirl
  • television personality
  • dancer
  • singer
  • actress
  • radio host
  • television writer
  • television host
  • model
Musical career

Latin pop

New wave

Latin Ballad

Early lifeEdit

She was born in Bologna,[3] and took dance lessons there early on. When she was 8 years old, she left Bologna to study at the National Dance Academy (Accademia Nazionale di Danza) in Rome, and started her film career in the 1950s, playing the character of Graziella in Tormento del passato (1952), where she appears credited with her real name.



Carrà in Caesar the Conqueror, 1962

Carrà debuted in cinema at age nine, in Tormento del passato (1952). She did five other movies until 1960 when she graduated from the national film school of Italy. The same year she appeared in Long Night in 1943, and went on to appear in many Italian peplum films, including Fury of the Pagans (1960), Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops (1961), Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961), Ulysses Against the Son of Hercules (1962), Pontius Pilate (1962) and Caesar the Conqueror (1962), as well as comedies and action films such as 5 marines per 100 ragazze (1961), The Terrorist (1963), The Organizer (1963) and La Celestina P... R... (1965).

In 1965, she moved to the United States signing with 20th Century Fox. As Carrà, she starred in the motion picture Von Ryan's Express (1965) with Frank Sinatra, Edward Mulhare, and Trevor Howard. In 1966, she guest starred in an episode of the American television series I Spy (Sophia, as the title character). Feeling homesick, she decided to return to Italy where she starred in several Italian and French films such as Le Saint prend l'affût (1966), the Our Man Flint parody Il vostro super agente Flit (1966), Why Did I Ever Say Yes Twice? (1969) and Cran d'arrêt (1970), as well as a few television shows. However, subsequently her acting career has been scarce with no more than five works mainly for television.

Singing and dancingEdit

Since 1961, Carrà has sung and danced on the variety shows of Italian television. In particular, since the early 1970s, they have contained elaborate choreography, mesmerizing elaborate themes, and her uninhibited style. She was the first television personality to show her belly button on camera. This was met with heavy criticism from the Vatican and Catholic churches in the countries that watched her show, Canzonissima.[4]

Carrà had a hit song with the sensual Tuca Tuca (1971), written for her singing and dancing television presentations by her long-time collaborator and former boyfriend, Gianni Boncompagni. Similarly, in 1971 Carrà achieved other hits with Ma che musica maestro and Chissà se va.

Her greatest international hit single was Tanti Auguri (Best Wishes), which has become a popular song with gay audiences. The song is also known under its Spanish title Para hacer bien el amor hay que venir al sur (which refers to Southern Europe, since the hit was recorded and taped in Spain). The Estonian version of the song Jätke võtmed väljapoole was performed by Anne Veski.

"A far l'amore comincia tu" (To make love, your move first) was another success for her internationally, known in Spanish as En el amor todo es empezar, in German as Liebelei, in French as Puisque tu l'aimes dis le lui, and in English as Do It, Do It Again. It was her only entry to the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 9 in 1978, where she remains a one-hit wonder.[5] "A far l'amore comincia tu" has also been covered in Turkish by a Turkish singer Ajda Pekkan as "Sakın Sakın Ha". In 1977, she recorded another hit single, Fiesta (Party) originally in Spanish, but then recorded it in french and italian after the song hit the charts.

Raffaella Carrà

In 1984, Carrà recorded "Spera, aspetta e spera", italian version for "Lança Perfume", classic from Rita Lee, the queen of brazilian rock'n roll. In 1985, Carrà's Starlight Express video was released featuring characters, costumes and sets from the show.

Recently, Carrà has gained new attention for her appearance as the female dancing soloist in a 1974 TV performance of the proto-rap funk gibberish song Prisencolinensinainciusol (1973) by Adriano Celentano. A remixed video containing her dancing went viral on the internet in 2008.[citation needed] In 2008 a video of a performance of her only UK hit single, Do It, Do It Again, appeared in the Doctor Who episode Midnight.

Rafaella Carrà worked with Bob Sinclar on the new single Far l'Amore which was released on YouTube on 17 March 2011. The song charted in different European countries.[citation needed], and appeared in the soundtrack of the italian Academy award winner movie The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.[6] In May 2011, she presented the Italian points in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Spanish-language marketEdit

After her boom in the Italian market of the early 1970s, Carrà moved to Spain, doing television and releasing records in the Spanish language. This led her to move to South America, where her records had been heard for some years. In 1979, she established her headquarters in Buenos Aires, which was under a military dictatorship. Carrà was one of the figures of the ATC, the official television network of Argentina.

She was well received throughout North, Central and South America, and filled the stadiums and theaters wherever she performed. In 1980, she filmed the Barbara musical romantic comedy, also in Buenos Aires, with the most important stars of the region. After appearing in the Festival de Viña del Mar (1982) she returned permanently to Italy. She visited the city of Salto, Uruguay and performed a show in the Parque Harriague.



Title Year Role Notes
Torment of the Past 1952 Graziella Credited as Raffella Pelloni
Europa di notte 1958 Herself Credited as Raffaella Pelloni
Caterina Sforza, la leonessa di Romagna 1959 Unknown Cameo appearance
Long Night in 1943 1960 Ines Villani Credited as Raffaella Pelloni
Fury of the Pagans 1960 Maritza Credited as Raffaella Pelloni
Il peccato degli anni verdi 1960 Diana's friend Credited as Raffaella Pelloni
Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules 1961 Princess Saliurà
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops 1961 Eber
Ulysses Against the Son of Hercules 1962 Adraste
5 marines per 100 ragazze 1962 Mirella
Pontius Pilate 1962 Gessica
I Don Giovanni della Costa Azzurra 1962 Waitress Cameo appearance
Caesar the Conqueror 1963 Publia
The Terrorist 1963 Giuliana
The Organizer 1963 Bianca
La Celestina P... R... 1965 Bruna
Von Ryan's Express 1965 Gabriella
Rose rosse per Angelica 1966 Angelica
Il vostro super agente Flit 1967 Aura
Le Saint prend l'affût 1967 Anita Pavone
7 eroiche carogne 1969 Sara van Kolstrom
Why Did I Ever Say Yes Twice? 1969 Teresa Coppa
Safety Catch 1970 Alberta Radelli
Barbara 1980 Barbara
"FF.SS." – Cioè: "...che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?" 1983 Herself Cameo appearance
Colpi di fortuna 2013 Herself Cameo appearance
Year Title Role Notes
1962–1963 Il paroliere questo sconosciuto Herself Talk show, co-host with Lelio Luttazzi
1964 I grandi camaleonti Ortensia Italian TV Series; 8 episodes
1965 Scaramouche Costanza De Mauriac Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
1966 I Spy Sophia American TV Series; episode: "Sophia"
1970 Io, Agata e tu Herself Co-host alongside Nino Ferrer
1970–1975 Canzonissima Herself Variety show, co-host with Corrado (3 seasons)
1971 Arsène Lupin Antonina Italian TV Series; episode: "La donna dai due sorrisi"
1974 Milleluci Herself Variety show, co-host with Mina
1976 La hora de...Raffaella Carra’ Herself Spanish Variety show, host
1978 Ma che sera Herself Variety show, host
1981 Millemilioni Herself Musical show, host
1982, 1991 Fantastico Herself Variety show, co-host with various
1983–1985 Pronto, Raffaella? Herself Talk show, Host
1985–1986 Buonasera Raffaella Herself Variety-talk show, Host
1986–1987 Domenica in Herself Talk show, host
1988 Raffaella Carrà Show Herself Variety show; host
1989 Il principe azzurro Herself Game show, host
1990 ... E saranno famosi Herself Variety show, host
1990–1991 Ricomincio da due Herself Talk show; host
1992–1994 Hola Raffaella! Herself Spanish Variety-talk show, host
1993–1994 A las 8 con Raffaella Herself Spanish talk show, host
1995 En casa con Raffaella Herself Spanish talk show, host
1995–2009 Carramba Che sorpresa/fortuna Herself Variety show, Host (seasons 1–8)
1996–1997 40 minuti con Raffaella Herself Game show, Host
1997 Mamma per caso Nicoletta Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
1998 Centoventitre Herself Game show, host
1999 I Fantastici di Raffaella Herself Game show, Host
2001 Festival di Sanremo Herself Musical show, host
2001 Dopo il Festival tutti da me Herself Talk show, host
2004 Sogni Herself Variety show; host
2006 Amore Herself Charity show; host
2008 Salvemos Eurovision/Europasion Herself Spanish Variety show, host
2011 Eurovision Song Contest Herself Musical show, commentator
2013–2016 The Voice of Italy Herself Talent show, Coach (seasons 1–2, 4)
2015 Forte forte forte Herself Talent show, judge and creator
2016 60 años juntos Herself Spanish Tv Special, host
2019 A raccontare comincia tu Herself Talk show, Host


  1. ^ Meccia, Ernesto (14 June 2013). "Con Raffaella todo es empezar". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ Pacho, Lorena (19 June 2018). "Raffaella Carrà, el mito cumple 75 años". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ Profile Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Stradanove.net. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Raffaella Carra – Italian Music". Retrieved 23 June 2015
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 95. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBSd272VwLw

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