Laura Antonelli

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Laura Antonelli
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Born Laura Antonaz
(1941-11-28) 28 November 1941 (age 73)
Pola, Istria, Italy (now Pula, Istria, Croatia)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–1991

Laura Antonelli (born 28 November 1941) is a retired Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 movies between 1965 and 1991.

Early years[edit]

Laura Antonelli was born Laura Antonaz on 28 November 1941 in Pola (now Pula, Croatia), which at the time was the capital of the Italian province of Istria.[1] She moved with her family first to Genoa and then to Venice, before they all eventually settled in Naples. She had a childhood interest in education, and as a teenager she became proficient at gymnastics. In an interview for the New York Times she recalled, "My parents had made me take hours of gym classes during my teens... They felt I was ugly, clumsy, insignificant and they hoped I would at least develop some grace. I became very good, especially in rhythmical gym, which is a kind of dance." Setting aside ambitions to make a career in mathematics, she graduated as a gymnastics instructor. She moved to Rome, where she became a secondary school gym teacher and was able to meet people in the entertainment industry, who helped her find modelling jobs.[1]


Antonelli earliest engagements included Italian advertisements for Coca Cola. In 1965, she made her first feature film appearance in Le sedicenni, although her performance went uncredited.[1] Her American debut came in 1966 in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. Other roles followed; her breakthrough came in 1973's Malizia. She appeared in a number of sex farces such as Till Marriage Do Us Part/Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso!.

She worked in more serious films as well, including Luchino Visconti's last film, The Innocent (1976). In Wifemistress, a romance film of 1977, she played a repressed wife experiencing a sexual awakening. Later she appeared in Passione d'Amore (1981). Antonelli's most recent role was in the sequel Malizia 2000 (1991).

She won the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award, Nastro d'Argento in 1974 for Malizia.

On April 27, 1991, cocaine was found during a police raid on Antonelli's home. She was subsequently convicted of possession and dealing and sentenced to house arrest. She spent ten years appealing the conviction which was eventually overturned.[2] In 2006 the Italian court of appeals ruled in the favor of Antonelli and ordered to pay the actress 108,000 euros.[3]


TV appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). "Laura Antonelli". Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland. pp. 44–46. ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8. 
  2. ^ "Yahoo! Movies: Laura Antonelli". Yahoo. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ (Italian) Laura Antonelli sarà risarcita Troppo lungo il processo per droga La Repubblica, 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2014-04-13.

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