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RIP Argentine Pop Culture Icon Isabel ‘La Coca’ Sarli

The actress and model was 83 years old.

By | [email protected] | June 25, 2019 11:30am

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Canalla ¿Qué pretende usted de mí? 

If you’re not familiar with the previous catchphrase, then you’ve got a ways to go in your Argentine pop culture education, my friend. The six words, spoken by Isabel “La Coca” Sarli in the 1968 film Carne are, quite simply, part of local folklore (even though, apparently, the phrase was never really spoken to begin with). And today, her legend came to a quiet, peaceful end when she passed away at the age of 83 at the Hospital Central de San Isidro.

La Coca was a pop culture figure, a sex symbol and a gay icon, so it’s safe to say she will be dearly missed not only by us at The Bubble HQ but Argentina in general. Here are just a few of the nice little tributes we found on our feed this morning:

La Coca Sarli will always be remembered for her movie career, one that took her from being beauty queen Miss Argentina 1955 to one of the biggest names in erotic cinema worldwide. Her professional partnership with her partner Armando Bó (director) was vital to both of their careers. Since their first film together El trueno entre las hojas, they made over thirty movies, including the aforementioned Carne and such cult sexploitation classics as Furia infernalFavela,  Fiebre, Fuego,  SabalerosEmbrujada and Insaciable.

This impressive CV made la Coca a household name in places like Mexico, Paraguay, and Panama, and further away lands such as Russia and Japan. Even cult filmmaker John Waters considered her one of his muses and managed to interview her last year during BAFICI in a meeting that now stands as one of her last public appearances. We leave you now with said interview and encourage you to binge watch a bundle of her movies in one torrid marathon. That’s the way la Coca would’ve wanted it, after all.