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Raffaella Carrà to get 5-euro coin

Late TV icon to be honoured by Italian Mint

(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 6 - Raffaella Carrà, the queen of Italian TV who died in July last year aged 78, is to get a five euro coin in her memory. the Italian Mint said Tuesday.
    The decision to dedicate a coin to the iconic showgirl, presenter, actress and singer was taken in a poll of Mint clients.
    Carrà starred with Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express in 1965 and found cult TV success in Spain, Argentina and other countries, becoming a gay icon.
    Carrà is also credited with boosting the sexual revolution in Catholic Italy with cheeky songs celebrating touching (Tuca tuca, 1971) and getting women to take the initiative in lovemaking (A fare l'amore comincia tu, 1976), and was slammed by the Vatican for showing her belly button on live TV in 1970.
    The coin is among many tributes to the TV legend in Italy and abroad.
    RAI State broadcaster has named a new studio after her.
    Madrid has named a square after her.
    The initiative was proposed by the Más Madrid group "in order to valorise the memory of this woman, singer, composer, presenter, dancer, choreographer and icon of reference for all the Madrileni and Madrilene and in particular for the LGTBI + community".
    The Carrà coin will be part of a Great Italian Artists series, which earlier this year saw a coin named after acting legend Alberto Sordi, who beat actor Nino Manfredi, writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and actor Ugo Tognazzi in a poll.
    Carrà herself beat cinema icons Anna Magnani and Monica Vitti, as well as comedian Anna Marchesini. (ANSA).
   

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