On November 26th 1977 Marlies Moitzi gave birth to a baby girl in Rome, Italy. She named her child "Louisa Erika" in reference to her mother Louisa who was a major and stable influence in her life at that moment and her life long best friend the Austrian actress and writer Erika Pluhar who would become in later years her tower of strength when her movie career came to an end and poverty settled in. Marlies Moitzi never revealed who the father was of this baby. Several names were mentioned in the yellow press but nothing got confirmed. Sadly the baby girl was not strong enough to be viable on her own. She died on the same day leaving a desperate Marlies Moitzi behind who had hoped so much to hold this baby in her arms. Several days later the baby girl was laid to rest in Rome at the cemetery "Campo Santo dei Teutonici e dei Fiamminghi" or "Teutonic Cemetery".This cemetry is situated in Rome in the south of the Vatican state. On the original grounds the Roman emperor Nero had build his circus. After the fall of the Roman Empire Nero's circus was destroyed and replaced around the year 8oo by the present cemetery. The founder of the cemetery was Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, with the blessing of Pope Leo III. Only subjects of the Charlemagne who died in Rome could be buried on this cemetery. Untill this day it is still the rule that only German or Dutch speaking people from countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland or Flanders can be buried on this cemetery. Even visiting the grounds is not simple! The pope's private guards the "Swiss guards" are still guarding the gate to this cemetery only allowing entrance to Germans, Austrians, Dutch or Flemish people, in other words, people originating from countries once important members in the Holy Roman Empire. Thanks to André Schneider for the information.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Campo Santo dei Teutonici e dei Fiamminghi
In the live of most women there comes a time when they want to experience the blessed state of pregnancy and joys of motherhood. Although Marisa Mell was known as a vamp, sex kitten or man eater, Marlies Moitzi was not! She loved to be at home far away from the spot lights and the red carpets and do homely things like cooking, painting, reading in a cozy chair in front of a fireplace, be with friends... So it is not strange that Marlies Moitzi also wanted to find unconditional love, marry a faithfull man and become the mother of his children. Although her profession as Marisa Mell did not allow her to have much time as Marlies Moitzi, in her heart she still longed for this normal life! During the 60's, Marisa Mell thought that she had found the man who could give her the family life of a common women. Sadly for her, Pier Luigi Torri, an Italian playboy and womenizer, could not and would not how hard Marisa Mell tried to live her life according to his rules and whimps. He wanted the adored glamorous beautiful Italian movie star Marisa Mell as his partner, not the Austrian girl from Gratz civily known as Marlies Moitzi. After some very violent and tumultuous years at the end of the 60's Marisa Mell got pregnant from him but lost the baby during the Cannes Film Festival. (More about that pregnancy and her life with Pier Luigi Torri as the "Number One" couple can be read elsewere on this blog).
Being emotionally drain from that relationship and miscarriage Marisa Mell focused the next years of her life on her career by making more than 20 movies untill 1977. In November of that year the paparazzi were able to catch Marlies Moitzi being visabley pregnant during a walk in the park in Rome on a rainy sunday afternoon in the company of fellow actor Gianni Macchia. (More about this part of her life can also be read elsewere on this blog) At the end of that entry it was not clear what has happened to the baby or the pregnancy of Marlies Moitzi. Now we know!