Ida Galli

Ida Galli is an Italian film actress best known for her roles in spaghetti western and giallo films in the 1960s and 1970s. Galli has appeared under several pseudonyms, including Arianna, Evelyn Stewart and Isli Oberon.

Ida Galli
Other namesArianna
Evelyn Stewart
Isli Oberon
Years active1959–1990

Life and career

Ida Galli was born in Sestola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Her date of birth has variously been given as 9 April 1942[1] and 8 October 1939.[2] After finishing school, Galli moved to Rome to find work as an actress. Galli's first film appearance was in 1959, under the pseudonym Arianna, in Nel blu dipinto di blu, directed by Piero Tellini. This role caught the attention of Federico Fellini, who cast Galli in a small part in his 1960 film La dolce vita.[2] Galli has since appeared in over forty-five film roles. One of her significant roles was the part of Carolina in Luchino Visconti's 1963 film adaptation of the novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). She last appeared in 1990's Con i piedi per aria, directed by Vincenzo Verdecchi.[3][4]

Although her early roles were usually billed by her real name, Galli mostly acted under the pseudonym Evelyn Stewart. However, her role in Mario Bava's 1963 film La frusta e il corpo was credited to the pseudonym Isli Oberon.[5][3]

Several of Galli's roles have been in the spaghetti western genre, beginning with Un dollaro bucato, Adiós gringo and Perché uccidi ancora in 1965. Galli has also featured in several giallo films, including Lucio Fulci's Sette note in nero, Umberto Lenzi's Il coltello di ghiaccio and Sergio Martino's La coda dello scorpione.[3] Enrico Lancia, author of the Dizionario del cinema italiano series, describes Galli as being at her best in dramatic roles, but notes that her largest success came as a result of adopting the Evelyn Stewart pseudonym and focussing on roles in genre films.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1959 Nel blu dipinto di blu Donata As Arianna
1960 La dolce vita Débutante of the Year
Messalina Silvia As Arianna Galli
1961 Madame Sans-Gêne July
Fantasmi a Roma Carla
Ercole al centro della terra Persephone
Le italiane e l'amore Anthology film, section Il prezzo dell'amore
1963 Roma contro Roma Rhama As Evelyn Stewart
Il crollo di Roma Licia As Evelyn Stewart
Il gattopardo Carolina
La frusta e il corpo Katia As Isli Oberon
1965 Un dollaro bucato Judy O'Hara As Evelyn Stewart
Adiós gringo Lucy Tillson As Evelyn Stewart
Sette magnifiche pistole Mary As Evelyn Stewart
1966 Entre las redes
Perché uccidi ancora Judy McDougall As Evelyn Stewart
Missione speciale Lady Chaplin Constance As Evelyn Stewart
Rififi in Amsterdam Mrs Fischer As Evelyn Stewart
Django spara per primo Jessica As Evelyn Stewart
1967 Il giardino delle delizie Carla As Evelyn Stewart
Assassination Barbara As Evelyn Stewart
1968 Il medico della mutua Anna Maria As Evelyn Stewart
Tre croci per non morire Dolores As Evelyn Stewart
Il dolce corpo di Deborah Suzanne Boileau As Evelyn Stewart
Il suo nome gridava vendetta Luisa As Evelyn Stewart
Quel caldo maledetto giorno di fuoco Belinda Boyd As Evelyn Stewart
1969 La battaglia d'Inghilterra Flight Officer Meg Jones As Evelyn Stewart
Ciakmull – L'uomo della vendetta Shiela As Evelyn Stewart
La battaglia del deserto Jean As Evelyn Stewart
1970 Concerto per pistola solista Isabelle As Evelyn Stewart
Il prof. Dott. Guido Tersilli, primario della clinica Villa Celeste convenzionata con le mutue Anna Maria Tersilli As Evelyn Stewart
Strada senza uscita As Evelyn Stewart
1971 Il delitto del diavolo Bibiana As Evelyn Stewart
Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate Maria Marchi As Evelyn Stewart
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail Lisa Baumer As Evelyn Stewart
1972 Un bianco vestito per Marialé Marialè As Evelyn Stewart
Il coltello di ghiaccio Jenny Ascott As Evelyn Stewart
Grazie signore p... As Evelyn Stewart
La mansión de la niebla Martha Clinton As Evelyn Stewart
1973 La badessa di Castro Margherita As Evelyn Stewart
Lo chiamavano Tresette... giocava sempre col morto Miss Marlene As Evelyn Stewart
Küçük Kovboy Yumurcak's mother As Evelyn Stewart
1974 Le orme Mary As Evelyn Stewart
1975 Cagliostro Serafina Cagliostro As Evelyn Stewart
Il giustiziere sfida la città Signora Marsili As Evelyn Stewart
Il medaglione insanguinato Jill Perkins As Evelyn Stewart
Diagnosi Luisa Cardona Television miniseries; as Evelyn Stewart
1977 Sette note in nero Gloria Ducci As Evelyn Stewart
1978 Il grande attacco Miss Scott As Evelyn Stewart
1989 Arabella l'angelo nero Marta Veronese As Evelyn Stewart
1990 Con i piedi per aria



  • Lancia, Enrico (2003). Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore. ISBN 888440214X.
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