Actress (USA, 1949)
Norma Jordan is an American born showgirl, actress and singer, who made a name for herself in Italian showbiz from late 1960s to mid 1980s. An article on La Stampa, dated November 11 1977, describes her as a “28 Detroit-born black girl [neretta], arrived in Italy in 1971″ but according to The Pittsburgh Courier (5.5.1973) she was native of Norfolk, VA. Norma was already known in Italy in late 1960s: in 1969 was released Italian-Spanish Spaghetti Western Il prezzo del potere (The Price of Power, 1969), also starring Ray Saunders and introducing Norma as supporting actress and singer (her song was called Catch a Star from the Sky and included in the soundtrack of the film). In 1971 she was involved as a witness in a crime case, the double murder of a young black American actress (Tiffany Hoyveld, former roommate of Norma) and of her Italian boyfriend Giuliano Carabei, that took place between 15 and 16 December 1971 on Marignano lake, near Rome.
Norma continued to have roles in Italian films and TV series until late 1970s, among which Natale in casa d‘appuntamento (Holiday Hookers, 1976) and La ragazza dalla pelle di corallo (1976), filmed in Santo Domingo and released on the strength of successful exotic erotic movies starring Zeudi Araya. She featured also as showgirl, host or guest, in TV shows Un secondo d‘amore (1974), L’amico della notte (1977), Settimo anno (1978), Tilt (1979), Hello Goggi (1981), Maurizio Costanzo Show (1983), Il cappello sulle ventitré (1983). In the same years she modeled for men’s magazines, as Playmen cover model in issue 3, 1977, appearing also in the Italian edition of Playboy (June 1975, February 1978). In late 1970s Norma was launched also as a disco music singer, with the albums Feel Me (Ciao, 1979) – featuring the hit single Disco Beat (here a music video of the time) -, and No Obligations (Ciao, 1980), produced by Thor Baldursson. After 1983 her name dropped off the chronicles.
Il prezzo del potere (Tonino Valerii, 1969, ff, act), All’ultimo minuto (s1e1. Allarme a bordo) (Ruggero Deodato, 1971, tvms, act), Io… donna (Alberto Cardone, 1971, ff, act), Il profumo della signora in nero (Francesco Barilli, 1974, ff, act), Ho incontrato un’ombra (Daniele D’Anza, 1974, tvms, act), La ragazza dalla pelle di corallo (Osvaldo Civirani, 1976, ff, act), Natale in casa d’appuntamento (Armando Nannuzzi, 1976, ff, act), A casa, una sera (Mario Landi, 1976, tvm, act), Traffico d‘armi nel Golfo (s1e1-3) (Leonardo Cortese, 1977, tvms, act), Jazz Band (Pupi Avati, 1978, tvms, act)
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La ragazza dalla pelle di corallo. Dir. Osvaldo Civirani. Wonder Films, Estela Films, Madrid, Filmica La Trinitaria, Santo Domingo, 1976.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Luigi Forgione and Renata Ornella Orlando
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