Teresa Ann Savoy

Teresa Ann Savoy, FRSA (18 July 1955 – 9 January 2017) was a British-born actress who appeared in a number of Italian films.[1]

Teresa Ann Savoy
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Born(1955-07-18)18 July 1955
Died9 January 2017(2017-01-09) (aged 61)
Other namesTherese Ann Savoy, Terry
Years active1974–2000


Savoy was 18 years old when she appeared in the Italian adult magazine Playmen (October 1973), using an alias of "Terry". "Terry", who fled from home at 16, was living in a hippie community in Sicily and soon became an attention of the press.

In 1974, her acting career began when film director Alberto Lattuada (who discovered Federico Fellini and Silvana Mangano) gave her first role in the film Le farò da padre aka La bambina, playing an intellectually disabled girl named Clotilde.

Her next film was Private Vices, Public Pleasures (Vizi privati, pubbliche virtù) (1975) directed by the Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó. The film told the story of the Crown Prince Rudolf, son of the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph and his rebellion against his father. Teresa played the baroness Mary Vetsera, Rudolf's lover, but in Jancso's vision, she appears as a hermaphrodite.

In 1975 Savoy met Tinto Brass and they worked together in the successful film Salon Kitty (1976). In the film she played a young BDM girl (League of German Maidens, a female Nazi youth organization) who becomes a spy that poses as a prostitute for the SS Nazi paramilitary organization. In 1979 Brass directed her again as Drusilla in the controversial film Caligula.

In 1977 Savoy played Jamilah in the Italian film made for TV Sandokan alla riscossa! (Sandokan to the Rescue) based on the Sandokan novels by Emilio Salgari.

Savoy made a return to cinema in 1981 with La disubbidienza by Aldo Lado, where she played Edith, an attractive Jewish governess. The film covered events under the reign of the Republic of Salò. In the same year, director Miklós Jancsó worked with her again in the film A zsarnok szíve, avagy Boccaccio Magyarországon (The Tyrant's Heart) in which she played alongside Ninetto Davoli.

At this point the stardom of Teresa had disappeared and she would be relegated to supporting roles in obscure movies and TV Series. In 1982, she had a cameo in the TV mini-series La Certosa di Parma [it] (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1982), directed by Mauro Bolognini. In 1984, she was a terrorist in the very low budget movie Il ragazzo di Ebalus (The Boy from Ebalus) alongside Saverio Marconi. In 1986, she took the part of Maria di Gallese, the first wife of the writer and poet Gabriele D'Annunzio (played by Robert Powell), in the film D'Annunzio, directed by Sergio Nasca. Still in 1986, she appeared in La Donna del Traghetto, directed by Amedeo Fago.

In 2000, she made her last film appearance in La fabbrica del vapore, the first Italian digital movie.[citation needed]

She received the title of Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1989.[citation needed]

Savoy died of cancer on 9 January 2017 in Milan,[2] where she lived with her husband and two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Le farò da padre Clotilde Spina
1976 Salon Kitty Margherita
1976 Private Vices, Public Pleasures Mary
1977 Sandokan alla riscossa! (Sandokan to the Rescue) Jamilah
1979 Caligula Drusilla
1981 La disubbidienza Edith
1981 The Tyrant's Heart Katalin
1984 Il ragazzo di Ebalus Young terrorist
1986 La Donna del Traghetto
1987 D'Annunzio Maria di Gallese
2000 La fabbrica del vapore Magazziniera (final film role)


  1. ^ "Teresa Ann Savoy, morta la musa di Tinto Brass". ilfattoquotidiano.it. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Teresa Ann Savoy". Classic Images (512): 48. February 2018.

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