Movie star #GinaLollobrigida
was 25 years older than 23-year-old music and TV god #DavidCassidy
when the Italian sex symbol decided the American #PartridgeFamily
star would be the perfect focus for her article in the #AustralianWomen
'sWeekly while he was performing at the #MelbourneCricketGrounds
The result was her stirring pictorial feature about the singing superstar that was published July 16, 1975. Today, Gina is 91 years old and still living in Italy; David is in heaven - still a god in another way. Here are parts of her article for the weekly: "DAVID CäSSIDY, the 23-year-old
American pop singer, drives young
I met him in Melbourne, when I was
there to promote my book, "Italia Mia," and to attend, as a guest of honor, a TV award ceremony. I discovered that David was
coming to give a series of concerts.
The concert took place in an open
stadium the Melbourne Cricket Ground and was filled with about 50,000 young girls, their ages ranging from 12 to 18. At least 300 girls fainted during the concert, and many of them were taken to hospital. I saw all this with my own eyes. ... I photographed David while he was
singing, and later, at the hotel, before
I wanted to photograph him in bed,
surrounded by fruit, looking like an
adolescent who has just woken up, all fresh and scrubbed, like his young fans. Because David, indeed, does not look 23 -more like a young boy of 16. Perhaps that is the secret of his success.