bearded ladies: La donna scimmia

La donna scimmia

When Antonio meets Maria (Annie Girardot) he sees her facial and body hair as an opportunity to make money and is soon exhibiting Maria as a monkey woman; he marries her but only so that he can exploit her further as an exotic striptease performer. But things are more complicated than they seem – Maria finds that she can be herself with Antonio, and Antonio …

The film was apparently based on the true story of a nineteenth-century Mexican woman who was covered with hair. When she died in childbirth her manager-husband had both bodies embalmed and exhibited them in Europe.

The makeup

Alberto De Rossi was the makeup artist.