Wednesday, February 20, 2019

RIP Chelo Alonso

Goodbye to Chelo Alonso, the actress of the Dolce Vita movie star of the 60s

Dentro Magazine
February 20, 2019

The ballerina, soubrette and actress in the unforgettable 1960s, died this night Chelo Alonso in the house of Mentana where she had lived for several years with her son Aldo and his family. An extraordinary life was that of the Cuban showgirl born in Camaguey in 1933, still very young she approached the world of entertainment through dance. From Cuba she conquered Broadway and then arrived in Paris. A disruptive beauty with long legs and a sensual look, in the years of Dolce Vita becomes a star of Italian cinema. The bigger directors cannot do without her.

She made her debut in 1959, she took part in twenty productions, from “Morgan the pirate” to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, by Sergio Leone in 1966. She recited with Vittorio De Sica, Alberto Sordi, and is a charismatic woman appreciated in the roles of a proud and sensual woman, Chelo Alonso married the record producer Aldo Pomilla, and as a widow, went to live first in Siena and then in Mentana with her son Aldo. She abandoned the world of entertainment and became an entrepreneur.

Known, respected, and loved by the entire community of Mentana, she had suffered a great deal with several health problems that had afflicted her for the past five years, forcing her to enter and exit hospitals. She leaves her son Aldo and three nephews to whom she was very attached, Alessandra, Carola and Alice. The "Cuban H bomb" as she was called in America for her hypnotic beauty, will be remember for the magic of those years, having worked with the big ones, like Fellini.

But Chelo Alonso is a story that will remain among the many in history, told by the same actress on TV a few years ago. When at the end of the 1950s Ernesto Che Guevara presented himself in Rome sent by Fidel Castro to convince the artist to return to Cuba, but not even the head of the revolution succeeded in making her leave Italy.

ALONSO, Chelo (Isabel Apolonia García Hernández)
Born: 4/10/1933, Central Lugareño, Camagüey, Cuba
Died: 2/20/2019, Mentana, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Chelo Alonso’s westerns – actress:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Mrs. Mondrega/Stevens)
Run, Man Run – 1967 (Dolores)
Night of the Serpent – 1968 (Dolores)

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