Isabel Sarli was discovered by filmmaker Armando Bo and became the star of his films, starting with El Trueno entre las Hojas (1957) in 1956. Her nude scenes in this drama –a first in Argentinian cinema– and their subsequent soft-porn movies were highly criticized and condemned in Argentina. Despite censorship and persecution, she became an international star, filming in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, and films like Fuego (1969) and Fiebre (1971) reached the American and European markets. Although she was very funny in sex comedies like La mujer del zapatero (1965), Bo insisted on casting her in naturalistic melodramas. After he died in 1981, Isabel Sarli retired and only appeared sporadically in other directors’ films.
- Miss Argentina 1955.
- She was known as “the cleanest star of cinema” because she always had swimming scenes in the nude, at beaches, rivers, rivulets and cascades.
- Her familiar nickname, La Coca, derives from her addiction to Coca-Cola, which some say may have had some effect on her size.
- Director John Waters is a longtime fan.
- She had a long off-screen and on relationship with director Armando Bo.