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Marisa Mell

Marisa Mell Austrian actress and painter

Austrian actress and painter
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Austrian actress and painter
A.K.A. Marlies Theres Moitzi
Countries Austria
Occupations Actor Film actor
Gender female
Birth 24 February 1939 (Graz)
Death 16 May 1992 (Vienna)
Star sign PiscesPisces
The details

Marisa Mell (born Marlies Theres Moitzi; 24 February 1939 – 16 May 1992) was an Austrian actress who became a cult figure of 1960s Italian B-movies. She was born in Graz and died in Vienna.

Automobile accident

In 1963, she was involved in a serious automobile accident in France. For six hours, she lay unconscious, unaware that she nearly lost her right eye. The disfigurement extended to her lip as well. She spent the next two years undergoing plastic surgery, and no damage remained in her face, except for a distinctive curl of her upper lip.


She turned down a seven-year Hollywood contract, saying that while the payment would have been great, "the contract was a whole book. I think that even to go to the toilet I would have needed a permission."

In 1967, she performed the title role in the "utterly calamitous" musical Mata Hari alongside Pernell Roberts. After a preview performance in Washington, D.C. that became infamous for its numerous technical problems, producer David Merrick, decided to close the doomed production before it reached Broadway.

Mell may be best-known for the role of Eva Kant in Danger: Diabolik (1968). In the late 1990s, the television show MST3K brought the actress to a new generation of B-movie viewers when the film was featured on the final episode of the series. The show spoofed another of her starring roles in the film Secret Agent Super Dragon.


Mell died in Vienna from throat cancer in 1992, aged 53.

Selected filmography

  • Ruf der Wildgänse [de] (1961)
  • The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)
  • Venusberg (1963)
  • Ein Mann im schönsten Alter [de] (1964)
  • The Last Ride to Santa Cruz (1964)
  • French Dressing (1964)
  • Masquerade (1965)
  • Casanova 70 (1965)
  • Diamond Walkers (1965)
  • Train d'enfer (1965)
  • Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966)
  • Danger: Diabolik (1968)
  • Una sull'altra (1969)
  • Marta (1971)
  • The Great Swindle (1971)
  • Alta tensión (1972)
  • Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
  • Gang War in Milan (1973)
  • Mahogany (1975)
  • Casanova & Co. (1977)
  • Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (1977) (TV miniseries)
  • Beast with a Gun (1977)
  • Ring of Darkness [it] (1979)
  • I Love Vienna (1991)
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