Carmen Villani

  • Born: (Ravarino, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Carmen Villani is an Italian singer, actress and showgirl.

In September 1959, at the age of fifteen, she won the Castrocaro Festival, where she presented the swing When a girl (in New Orleans) by Lelio Luttazzi and Cry Me a River.

After noticing her in a show at the Social Theater of Busto Arsizio, Fred Buscaglione offers her to join his group, the Asternovas. After a short experience at the Royal Club of Naples, the collaboration ended following the death of the Turin artist in a car accident.

The real success comes with Bada Caterina, written by the master Armando Trovajoli with a lyrics by Franco Migliacci. Based on the soundtrack of the film Adultery in the Italian style (1966), with Nino Manfredi and Catherine Spaak, the song wins the Caravella d'oro in Bari and reaches the charts. In the same year, Mille chitarre contro la guerra, an antimilitarist piece by Umberto Napolitano, was launched by her and by the author at the Rose Festival held at the Hilton Hotel in Rome.

Already in 1962 Carmen Villani had participated in the film Un uomo da bruciare by the Taviani brothers (the record company of the soundtrack of the film, Bluebell Records, was the same as Villani's) but it was in the early seventies that she decided to devote herself completely to cinema, becoming one of the main and most popular representatives of the so-called Italian erotic comedy, her main "competitors" were Edwige Fenech, Gloria Guida and Nadia Cassini.


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