Boratto in The Peddler and the Lady (1943)
15 March 1915|
|Died||14 September 2010
|Children||Marina Ceratto and Paolo Ceratto|
Caterina Boratto (15 March 1915 – 14 September 2010) was an Italian film actress. She appeared in 50 films between 1936 and 1993.
Life and career
Born in Turin, Boratto studied at the Musical Lyceum in her hometown with the purpose of becoming a singer; noted by Guido Brignone, she made her debut in To Live, alongside Tito Schipa. Thanks to the film's success, she immediately became a star in the Telefoni Bianchi genre, and also got a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which eventually dissolved because of the World War II.
In 1943 Boratto lost two brothers, the partisan Renato and the soldier Filiberto, killed in the massacre of the Acqui Division. In 1944, she married a doctor, Armando Ceratto, with whom she had two children. Except for a film in 1951, she basically retired from show business for twenty years before accepting to play two key roles in 8½ and Juliet of the Spirits by Federico Fellini, who had known her in the set of The Peddler and the Lady, where he had served as screenwriter. Starting from the second half of the 1960s, Boratto reprised appearing in films with some regularity, and from the late 1970s she also became very active on television, being cast in dozens of TV series.
- To Live (1936) - Paola - sua figlia
- Marcella (1937) - Marcella
- Chi è cchiu' felice 'e me! (1938) - Rina Carlo
- Hanno rapito un uomo (1938) - La granduchessa Sonia
- I figli del marchese Lucera (1939) - Giannina
- Romanzo di un giovane povero (1942) - Margherita
- Measure for Measure (1943) - Isabella
- The Peddler and the Lady (1943) - Elsa Bianchini
- Double Cross (1951) - Clara Vanzetti
- 8½ (1963) - La signora misteriosa
- Juliet of the Spirits (1965) - Giulietta's mother
- Me, Me, Me... and the Others (1966) - Luigia, Peppino's Sister-in-law
- Pardon, Are You For or Against? (1966) - Agnese Frustalupi
- Don't Sting the Mosquito (1967) - Marchioness Filangeri
- The Tiger and the Pussycat (1967) - Delia
- Stasera mi butto (1967) - Countess Eugenia - mother of Carlo
- Pronto... c'è una certa Giuliana per te (1967) - Aunt Amelia
- Danger: Diabolik (1968) - Lady Clark
- The Lady of Monza (1969) - Sister Francesca Imbersaga
- Castle Keep (1969) - Red Queen
- Una storia d'amore (1970) - Marco's Mother
- Angeli senza paradiso (1970) - Princess Vorokin
- Hector the Mighty (1972) - Ecuba
- The House of the Doves (1972) - Virginia
- Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
- La ragazza fuoristrada (1973) - Silvia Marino
- Story of a Cloistered Nun (1973) - Mother of Carmela
- Summer to Remember (1974) - The Princess
- Footprints on the Moon (1975) - Boutique Owner
- Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) - Signora Castelli
- Per questa notte (1977)
- First Love (1978)
- The House by the Edge of the Lake (1979) - Kira - witch by the lake
- Uno contro l'altro, praticamente amici (1981) - Mamma di Franco Colombo
- That Night in Varennes (1982) - Madame Faustine
- Ehrengard (1982) - Countess von Gassner
- Claretta (1984) - Giuseppina Petacci
- Amici miei – Atto III (1985) - Amalia Pecci Bonetti
- 32 December (1988) - Carlotta Tricarico (segment "La gialla farfalla")
- Phantom of Death (1988) - Robert's Mother
- The Sleazy Uncle (1989) - Passante che aiuta Luca
- Once Upon a Crime (1992) - Madame de Senneville
- Paolo Ceratto; Franco Prono. Caterina Boratto: Una regalità completa. Daniela Piazza Editore, 2014. ISBN 9788898623280.
- Marina Ceratto. Caterina Boratto, la donna che visse tre volte. Edizioni Sabinae, 2016. ISBN 9788898623280.
- Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. "Boratto, Caterina". Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 43–4. ISBN 888440214X.
- Massimo Novelli (16 September 2010). "Addio all'algida Caterina diva dei Telefoni Bianchi". La Repubblica. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
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