Podestà in Le ragazze di San Frediano
20 June 1934
|Died||10 December 2013
|Spouse(s)||Marco Vicario (8 August 1953 - 1976)|
|Partner(s)||Walter Bonatti (1981 - 13 September 2011)|
Podesta was born in Tripoli, in the Italian colony of Libya, where she spent her first years and later moved to Rome after World War II. Sixteen-year-old was discovered by director Léonide Moguy during the preparation of the cast for the film Domani è un altro giorno; this will be the beginning of a career during which will turn sixty films, both in Italy and abroad.
In Italy, she resided in Dubino (Sondrio province). She married and then divorced movie producer Marco Vicario. She subsequently lived with the famous mountain climber, explorer and journalist Walter Bonatti; he died on September 13, 2011. On 11 December 2013, Podestà died in Rome, aged 79.
Podestà's most memorable role was as Helen in Helen of Troy, produced by Robert Wise in 1956. She could not speak English so she learned her lines by rote with a voice coach. The movie gave Podestà international exposure, and she performed alongside a young Brigitte Bardot. Thanks to her starring in the Mexican film Rossana, she became very popular in Latin America.
Podestà also starred in the movie Ulisse (1955), directed by Mario Camerini, and in the sixties and seventies she acted in some romantic movies, including Paolo il caldo and Il prete sposato. Her last performance was in Segreti segreti (1985), directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci.
- 1950: Strano appuntamento
- 1951: Domani è un altro giorno
- 1951: The Seven Dwarfs to the Rescue
- 1952: Il moschettiere fantasma
- 1952: Io, Amleto
- 1953: Voice of Silence
- 1954: Le ragazze di San Frediano
- 1954: Addio, figlio mio!
- 1955: Ulysses
- 1956: Santiago
- 1956: Helen of Troy
- 1956: The Sword and the Cross
- 1960:Fury of the Pagans
- 1961: La schiava di Roma
- 1962: Solo contro Roma
- 1962: The Golden Arrow
- 1963: Sodom and Gomorrah
- 1962: La vergine di Norimberga
- 1964: Le ore nude
- 1964: Last Plane to Baalbek
- 1965: Seven Golden Men
- 1966: Seven Golden Men Strike Again
- 1970: The Swinging Confessors
- 1971: Man of the Year
- 1972: L'uccello migratore
- 1974: The Sensual Man
- 1975: Il gatto mammone
- 1976: Il letto in piazza
- 1977: Pane, burro e marmellata
- 1980: Sunday Lovers
- 1983: Hercules
- 1985: Secrets Secrets