Luciana Paluzzi was born in Rome on June 10, 1937. Her father was an Italian Naval officer, which influenced her to study Naval Engineering at the Scientific Academy of Milan, being the only woman in her class.
In 1954 she got a walk-on role in Three Coins in a Fountain (1954) because a friend of her father’s who was invited to their house for dinner and happened to be looking for a young actress doing a very short two-line role for the movie.
Over the next few years, she appeared in several Italian films including My Seven Little Sins (1954) The Lebanese Mission (1956) and Mademoissel Striptease (1956). In 1957 she was cast in a pair of movies produced in the UK: No Time to Die and Sea Fury.
In 1959 Paluzzi moved to Hollywood under contract to 20th Century Fox. Her first series was Five Fingers with James Mason, which was canceled after 3 months.
In 1960 Paluzzi was cast in Return to Peyton Place in which she played the wife of a character played by Brett Halsey. The pair got married in real life that same year. They would go on to have a son before divorcing in 1962.
She would appear in a few guest spots on television over the next few years including an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well starring opposite Buddy Hackett in the comedy Muscle Beach Party (1964).
Thunderball and Beyond
In 1965 Paluzzi auditioned for the role of DominoVitali in the James Bond thriller Thunderball. The producers didn’t like her for that role and she was cast as the movie’s lead villainess Fiona Volpe instead.
After Thunderball, she primarily starred in Italian movies such as 99 Women (1969) and The Italian Connection (1972).In the United States, she mostly did television work including guest spots on The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) and Hawaii Five-Oh (1978).
In 1979, Paluzzi married American media mogul Michael Jay Solomon and she retired from acting.