Alba Arnova

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Alba Arnova
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Alba Arnova (1955)
Born Alba Fossati
(1930-03-15) 15 March 1930 (age 86)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation Ballerina
Film actress
Spouse(s) Gianni Ferrio

Alba Arnova (born 15 March 1930) is an Italian-Argentine ballerina[1] and film actress.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires as Alba Fossati, daughter of two Italian emigrants, Arnova studied piano at the Conservatory and enrolled in the university at the medical faculty.[3] She became the principal classical dancer of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and changed her surname first to Ars Nova and then to Arnova.[4] She left Argentina in 1948, for a six months stage tour, and eventually remained in Rome, where she worked first in theater as a classical dancer and as a revue and avanspettacolo soubrette. She began acting in films in 1949, though usually in minor roles.[4]

In 1956 Arnova created a controversy when she appeared on the RAI television variety show La piazzetta wearing a tight leotard that made her appear semi-nude because of the lighting effects and the black-and-white system. The show was suspended and she was subsequently fired and banned from Italian television. She subsequently chose to leave showbusiness.[5]

Arnova was married to composer and conductor Gianni Ferrio.



  1. ^ "Alba Arnova Makes North American Debut". Los Angeles Times. 2 December 1948. Drama section, p. B7. 
  2. ^ "Screen: 'La Gioconda'; Italian Import Is on View at Cameo". The New York Times. 13 October 1958. p. 33. 
  3. ^ Miriam Mafai, Natalia Aspesi. Le Donne italiane: il chi è del '900. Rizzoli, 1993. ISBN 881784229X. 
  4. ^ a b Lello Garinei, Marco Giovannini. Garinei e Giovannini presentano: quarant'anni di teatro musicale all'italiana. Rizzoli, 1985. 
  5. ^ Aldo Grasso, Massimo Scaglioni, Enciclopedia della Televisione, Garzanti, Milano, 1996 – 2003. ISBN 881150466X.

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