Beatrice Vitoldi

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Beatrice Vitoldi (December 15, 1895 – November 1939) was a Soviet film actress born in 1895 in Salerno, Italy.

She is most famous for her only film role as the mother with the baby carriage in the Eisenstein film The Battleship Potemkin, and later became the first permanent Soviet ambassador to Italy.

When she was five, her parents emigrated to Riga where her father worked as an engineer at the Russisch-Baltischen Waggonfabrik (later also known as Russo-Balt). The family later moved to Saint Petersburg where her father worked at a machine tool factory. Interested in both arts and politics, she met several Bolsheviks and was also introduced to Sergei Eisenstein (who incidentally also came to Saint Petersburg from Riga). Actively involved in the Bolshevik revolution, she worked later as a secretary for the Proletkult organization. In 1925 in the Eisenstein film The Battleship Potemkin, she played the role that made her famous in the Soviet Union. In 1931 she became the first Soviet ambassador in Italy. In 1937 she was recalled to Moscow where she was arrested and tried during the Great Purge. As with many victims of the purge, the exact circumstances of her death are unknown.[1]


  1. ^ Filmographie universelle, by Jean Mitry (in French), Publisher: Institut des hautes études cinématographiques, published in 1980, page 323-325

External links[edit]

Beatrice Vitoldi at the Internet Movie Database