Hilda Isabel Gorrindo Sarli (Spanish pronunciation: isaˈβel ˈsarli; born 9 July 1935), nicknamed Coca, is a retired Argentine actress and glamour model, known for her campysexploitation films. Sarli is a considered a cultural icon and the quintessential sex symbol in her home country.
Hilda Isabel Sarli Gorrindo Tito born in Concordia, Entre Ríos Province, in a very poor family. Her father left her family when she was 3 years old. Before becoming an actress she worked as a secretary. But thanks to her beauty she started modeling for Argentinian magazines. Sarli was nicknamed "Coca", which comes from either her Coke-bottle-shaped figure, or from her addiction to the soft drink.
She was discovered by filmmaker Armando Bó after she became Miss Argentina in 1955. She became the star of his films, starting with El Trueno entre las hojas in 1956. The film has since become a cult classic as the first Argentine feature length film with full frontal nudity in it. She went on to become an international Latin American star, filming in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela and films like Fuego (1969) and Fiebre (1970) reached the American and European markets.
She received offers to work in Mexico, England and USA, but declined.
Bó later insisted in casting her in naturalistic melodramas. After his death in 1981, Sarli retired from the cinema industry altogether but came back in the mid-90s for Jorge Polaco's picaresque film, La Dama Regresa (1996). The film was inspired largely on her life and public image, serving as an homage of sorts. In 2009 she teamed once more with Polaco in Arroz con leche for a bit part.
In 2011 she starred in the political drama Mis días con Gloria, where she plays a character based on her. The film also stars her daughter Isabelita Sarli.
Isabel was married to Armando Bó until his death. She never married again.
Sarli currently lives in Buenos Aires with her daughter Isabelita.
On 12 October 2012, it was reported that Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, named Sarli as Argentine Ambassador of Popular Culture. The Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (es), under Decree 1876/2012, stated:
... Isabel Sarli is considered a true representative of the national culture, as much for her acting skills in films as for being considered a popular icon of her day and an emblematic figure of Argentine cinema.
In 2010, the movie "Fuego" was premiered with english subtitles at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Filmmaker John Waters cites Sarli as one of his biggest influences.
El Trueno entre las hojas
... Y el demonio creó a los hombres
La Burrerita de Ypacaraí
The Female: Seventy Times Seven
Cora / Laura
La Diosa impura
La mujer del zapatero
La tentación desnuda
Los Días calientes
La señora del intendente
La mujer de mi padre
Desnuda en la arena
Intimidades de una cualquiera
El sexo y el amor
Una Mariposa en la noche
El último amor en Tierra del Fuego
Una viuda descocada
Flor Tetis Soutién de Gambetta
La dama regresa
Carne sobre carne
Herself (archive material)
Arroz con leche
Parapolicial negro, apuntes para una prehistoria de la AAA
Mis días con Gloria
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