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Valentina Cortese (born 1 January 1923) is an Italian film actress.

The Milan-born actress starred in The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) directed by Robert Wise, and costarring Richard Basehart and William Lundigan. Cortese, aged 28, married Basehart in 1951, and had one son with him before they divorced in 1960.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in François Truffaut's Day for Night.

Cortese appeared in Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway (1949), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche (1955), Gérard Brach's The Boat on the Grass, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and in the Franco Zeffirelli projects such as the 1972 film Brother Sun, Sister Moon, his 1977 miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth and the 1993 film Sparrow.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Valentina Cortese, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Valentina Cortese (born 1 January 1923) is an Italian film actress.

The Milan-born actress starred in The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) directed by Robert Wise, and costarring Richard Basehart and William Lundigan. Cortese, aged 28, married Basehart in 1951, and had one son with him before they divorced in 1960.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in François Truffaut's Day for Night.

Cortese appeared in Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway (1949), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche (1955), Gérard Brach's The Boat on the Grass, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and in the Franco Zeffirelli projects such as the 1972 film Brother Sun, Sister Moon, his 1977 miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth and the 1993 film Sparrow.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Valentina Cortese, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 74

Birthday 1923-01-01

Place of Birth Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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Also Known As

  • Valentina Cortesa

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Diva!
2000 Federico Fellini's Autobiography
1993 Sparrow as Madre Superiora
1991 Buster's Bedroom as Serafina Tannenbaum
1989 I promessi sposi(5 episodes) as Donna Prassede
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as Queen Ariadne / Violet
1988 Facciaffittasi as Gina Grandi
1987 Blue Tango as Rachele Cigno
1986 Via Montenapoleone as madre di Guido
1980 When Time Ran Out... as Rose Valdez
1979 Ring of Darkness as Elena Merrill
1978 Tanto va la gatta al lardo... as Wilma/Leonilde Bosco Casagrande
1977 Widows' Nest as Dolores
1977 Jesus of Nazareth(4 episodes) as Herodias
1976 The Big Operator as Witwe
1975 Son tornate a fiorire le rose
1975 Kidnap Syndicate as Grazia Filippini
1975 The Demonic Womanizer Costante Nicosia, or: Dracula in Brianza as Olghina Franchetti
1974 The Kiss of Death as Elizabeth Blixen
1974 Tender Dracula
1974 Amore mio non farmi male
1974 Passionate as Elisa Rutelli
1973 Day for Night as Severine
1972 The Assassination of Trotsky as Natalia Trotsky
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon as Pica Di Bernardone
1972 Chronicle of a Homicide as Luisa Sola
1971 The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire as Mrs. Sobiesky
1971 The Boat on the Grass as Catherine
1970 The Love Mates as Eva
1970 First Love as Mutter
1970 Les caprices de Marie as Madeleine de Lépine
1969 Oh, Grandmother's Dead as Ornella
1969 Il killer(3 episodes)
1968 Listen, Let's Make Love as Lallo's Mother
1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare as Countess Bozo Bedoni
1966 Black Sun as Maria
1966 Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials as Herself
1965 Juliet of the Spirits as Valentina
1965 The Possessed as Irma
1964 The Visit as Mathilda Miller
1963 The Girl Who Knew Too Much as Laura Craven-Torrani
1962 Axel Munthe – Der Arzt von San Michele as Eleonora Duse
1961 Barabbas as Julia
1961 Square of Violence as Erica Bernardi
1958 Love and Troubles
1957 Kean: Genius or Scoundrel as Fanny
1956 The Rocket from Calabuch as Eloisa, the Schoolmistress
1955 Le Amiche as Nene
1955 Magic Fire as Mathilde Wesendonk
1954 The Barefoot Contessa as Eleanora Torlato-Favrini
1954 Angels of Darkness as Vally
1953 La passeggiata
1952 Secret People as Maria Brentano / Brent / Lena Collins
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1951 The House on Telegraph Hill as Victoria Kowelska
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)
1950 Shadow of the Eagle as Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova
1950 The Glass Mountain as Alida Morrosini
1949 Malaya as Luana
1949 Thieves' Highway as Rica
1949 Black Magic as Zoraida
1948 L'ebreo errante
1948 Storm Over Paris as Cosetta
1948 Les Misérables as Fantine
1947 Il corriere del re
1947 Il passatore as Barbara
1946 Un americano in vacanza
1945 No One Comes Back
1943 4 ragazze sognano
1942 Giorni felici
1942 Soltanto un bacio as Maria Renda / Luisa Renda
1942 The Jester's Supper as Lisabetta
1942 Orizzonte di sangue
1941 Il bravo di Venezia as Alina

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