Varzi in the Italian magazine Cineguida (1954)
|Died||1 September 2014 (aged 87)|
(m. 1952; died 2002)
Elena Varzi (21 December 1926 – 1 September 2014) was an Italian film actress.
Life and career
Born in Rome, in spite of a non-professional acting background, Varzi made her film debut in a leading role, as the Sicilian Maria Antonia in Renato Castellani's neorealist post-war comedy-drama It's Forever Springtime. Her second role, as the mistress of a Sicilian bandit in Pietro Germi's Path of Hope, received critical acclaim. It was during filming The Forbidden Christ that Varzi met and later married Raf Vallone. She eventually left her film career, devoting herself to the family. She was the mother of Arabella, Saverio, and Eleonora Vallone. Her husband died in 2002.
- It's Forever Springtime (1950)
- Path of Hope (1950)
- The Forbidden Christ (1951)
- Rome 11:00 (1952)
- The Eyes Leave a Trace (1952)
- Sunday Heroes (1953)
- Human Torpedoes (1954)
- Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
- Fabio Carlini, Maurizio Gusso. I sogni nel cassetto: il cinema mette in scena la società italiana della ricostruzione, 1945-1957. F. Angeli, 2002. ISBN 8846441109.
- "Addio a Elena Varzi, volto del neorealismo italiano". La Repubblica. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.