Argentina Brunetti

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Argentina Brunetti
Born Argentina Ferrau
(1907-08-31)August 31, 1907
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died December 20, 2005(2005-12-20) (aged 98)
Rome, Italy
Cause of death
Natural Causes
Occupation Actress
Years active 1910 – 2002
Spouse(s) Miro Brunetti (m. 19??–1966; his death) 1 child

Argentina Brunetti (August 31, 1907 – December 20, 2005) was an Argentina-born American-based stage and film actress and writer.

Biography[edit]

Brunetti was born Argentina Ferrau in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her show business career at the age of three with a walk-on role in the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and followed in the footsteps of her mother, Mimi Aguglia, performing supporting roles on stages throughout Europe and South America. In 1937, she was placed under contract to MGM and began dubbing the voices of Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer in Italian. Next she became a narrator for the Voice of America, interviewing American movie stars for broadcast in Italy. At the same time she had her movie debut in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) as Mrs. Martini.

Brunetti wrote and performed in daily radio shows; became a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, writing numerous articles on Hollywood personalities; authored books; wrote music; and acted in almost 60 television programmes and almost 70 films.[citation needed] She hosted a weekly weblog on the Internet called Argentina Brunetti's Hollywood Stories, which her son plans to continue running, and wrote a biographical novel called In Sicilian Company. She continued to act into her nineties, most notably as a relative from the Old World who visits and stays with the (wrong) Barone family on a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond; her last role was in 2002.

Marriage[edit]

She wed Miro Brunetti, a foreign correspondent in Hollywood. The two helped to co-found the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The couple had one son, Mario. Miro Brunetti died in 1966. Argentina Brunetti never remarried.

Last years/death[edit]

She moved to Rome in 2004 to be with her family and died there from natural causes on December 20, 2005, aged 98. With her death, the only adult actor in It's a Wonderful Life known to be still alive as of 2009 is Virginia Patton (b. 1925), who played Ruth Bailey, the wife of George Bailey's younger brother, the war hero.

Filmography[edit]

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