Isabel Sarli (born July 9, 1935) is a retired Argentine actress, and model. She was a national sex-symbol of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Born Hilda Isabel Sarli Gorrindo Tito in Concordia, Entre Ríos Province, Sarli was nicknamed "Coca Sarli", which comes from either her Coke-bottle-shaped figure, or from her addiction to the soft drink.
She was discovered by filmmaker Armando Bó after she became Miss Argentina in 1955. She never married him as he remained married to his first wife. She was his mistress for life and became the star of his films, starting with El Trueno entre las hojas in 1956. The film has since become a cult classic as the first Argentine feature-length with full frontal nudity in it. She went on to become an international Latin American star, filming in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, and films like Fuego (1969) and Fiebre (1970) reached the American and European markets.
Bó later insisted in casting her in naturalistic melodramas. After his death in 1981, Isabel Sarli retired from the cinema industry altogether but came back in the mid-nineties for Jorge Polaco's picaresque film, La Dama Regresa (1996). The film was inspired largely on her life and public image, serving as an homage of sorts. In 2009 she teamed once more with Polaco in Arroz con leche for a bit part.
Armando Bó (May 3, 1914 – October 8, 1981 in Buenos Aires
) was an Argentine film actor
, film director
, film producer
and score composer
of the classic era. He was known for his erotic
productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including the first nude scene in an Argentine film (El trueno entre las hojas). Bó began acting for film in 1939 in Ambición
and made some 50 film appearances as an actor, but by the late 1940s he had already taken up an interest in film production
and began as a director, producer, actor, and screenwriter in the early 1950s. He was involved in almost 100 different films during his career. His son, Víctor Bó
, is also a prominent actor in Argentina.