Elena Fabrizi

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Elena Fabrizi
Sora Lella.jpg
Fabrizi in Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981)
Born(1915-06-17)17 June 1915
Rome, Italy
Died9 August 1993(1993-08-09) (aged 78)
Rome, Italy
Other namesSora Lella
Occupationactress, TV personality
RelativesAldo Fabrizi (brother)

Elena "Lella" Fabrizi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛːlena faˈbrittsi]; 17 June 1915 – 9 August 1993), popularly known as Sora Lella ("Mrs Lella" in Romanesco), was an Italian stage, television and film actress, and a television personality.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Rome, the sister of the actor and director Aldo, in the late 1950s Fabrizi started occasionally appearing in films, considering the acting career just a hobby, being her true profession the restaurateur and gastronome.[1] Mainly used for very little character roles, her acting career had her peak in early 1980s, thanks to a series of films directed by Carlo Verdone in which she played the typical role of the good-natured, grumbling grandmother.[1][2] For her role in Bianco, rosso e Verdone Fabrizi won a Silver Ribbon for Best New Actress, while in 1984 she won a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Acqua e sapone.[3]

Fabrizi was also a busy television personality, and for a long time she was a regular guest on the television program Maurizio Costanzo Show.[1][2] She suffered from diabetes, and died of a stroke at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome.[4] She was a supporter of S.S. Lazio.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. ^ a b Paolo D'Agostini (1993-08-10). "E' morta a Roma la sora Lella". La Repubblica. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  4. ^ P.C. (10 August 1993). "Addio Sora Lella voce di semplicita'". Corriere della Sera. p. 11. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  5. ^ Angelo Mellone. Romani: Guida immaginaria agli abitanti della Capitale. ISBN 8831733648.

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