Raffaella Carrà (born Raffaella Maria Pelloni, 18 June 1943) is probably the most famous Italian showwoman ever.
After starring in several movies in the '50s and the '60s (including one directed by Mario Monicelli), she started singing and dancing in various variety shows. She became instantly famous thanks to the elaborate coreographies of her exhibitions, the unforgettable tunes she sang and her iconic style, which was seductive but never vulgar. She's also been the Ur-Example of Bare Your Midriff for Italian television.
She's a popular figure in many countries, especially in Latin America, but also Spain, Germany and Russia (she was famous even in the former Soviet Union).
Raffaella Carrà's work provides examples of:
- Bare Your Midriff: The Ur-Example for Italian television. It gained her many critics from Moral Guardians and even the Vatican.
- Lady in Red: Appropriately, during the video of "A far l'amore comincia tu", which was filmed in Soviet Union.
- Messy Hair: Her iconic hairdo was styled to avert this trope during her dance numbers.
- Really Gets Around: The most famous example is "Tanti auguri".
- Woman Scorned: Subverted in "E salutala per me", which is about a woman cheated on by her man. Although the intro is quite melancholic and she doesn't hide her disappointment, in the refrain she comes off as forgiving.