She's the daughter of an Italian army officer.
Fluent in Italian and English.
Appeared in the same year in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and the James Bond film Thunderball (1965); in both she plays a villain's associate, who attempts to seduce the hero, and dies when the hero pushes her into the line of fire in her own death trap.
She was originally considered for the lead Bond girl Domino Derval in Thunderball (1965), which was eventually played by former "Miss France" Claudine Auger. Instead, she played the evil secondary role of Fiona Volpe, the fetching, bouffant-haired nemesis who accidentally takes it in the back while dancing with 007, and is probably better remembered for it. Sean Connery's Bond has the memorable line directed to a couple sitting near the dance floor: "Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead."
Shapely, reddish-haired Italian leading lady who followed a wave of 1950s Italian bombshells (Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida) into films, providing sexy but routine diversion in spy intrigue.