Born 1951 in Dekemhare, Eritrea, Zeudi Araya is an ritrean-Italian actress, singer, model and film producer. She was introduced to director Luigi Scattini, who cast her with Beba Lončar in La ragazza dalla pelle di luna shot in the Seychelles in 1972 during her journey to Italy.
In 1973, songs composed by Piero Umiliani that Araya sang in the score of another Scattini film where she played the lead role (La ragazza fuoristrada) were released on a 45 rpm record. From 1973 to 1975, several roles in movies followed, most of them directed by Scattini. In 1976, Araya appeared with Paolo Villaggio in the Fantozzi-style comedy Il signor Robinson by Sergio Corbucci. She also appeared in the Italian version of Playboy magazine in March 1974.
Araya’s last prominent appearance was in the epic Hearts and Armour, released in 1983. She subsequently withdrew from acting, and has since then been producing movies.
Araya’s father was a politician and her uncle was a diplomat in Rome. She was married to film producer Franco Cristaldi from 1983 until his death in 1992. Araya now lives with the director Massimo Spano, with whom she has a son.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Zeudi Araya in the 1970s.