Elsa Martinelli

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Elsa Martinelli
Elsa Martinelli 1964.JPG
Martinelli as a guest star in The Rogues, 1964.
Born Elisa Tia
(1935-01-30)30 January 1935
Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
Died 8 July 2017(2017-07-08) (aged 82)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actress and Model
Years active 1953–2005
Spouse(s) Count Franco Mancinelli di San Vito (1957–1960; 1 child)
Willy Rizzo (1968–2013)
Children Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958)

Elsa Martinelli (born Elisa Tia; 30 January 1935[1] – 8 July 2017) was an Italian actress and fashion model.

Life and career[edit]

Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family and in 1953 was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Claude Autant-Lara's Le Rouge et le Noir (1954), but her first important film role came the following year with The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, who claimed to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions.[2]

In 1956 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli's Donatella.[3]

From the mid-1950s through the late 1960s, she divided her time between Europe and the United States, appearing in films such as Four Girls in Town (1957), Manuela (1957), Prisoner of the Volga (1959), Hatari! (1962), The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), The Trial (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963), Rampage (1963), Woman Times Seven (1967), and Candy (1968). From the late 1960s, she worked in Europe in mostly foreign language productions. Her last English language role was as Carla the Agent in Once Upon a Crime (1992). Her final acting appearance was in the 2005 European television series Orgoglio as the Duchessa di Monteforte.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Martinelli was first married to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, by whom she has a daughter, Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958), also an actress. In 1968 she married the Paris Match photographer and 1970s furniture designer, Willy Rizzo.[5][6]

Death[edit]

Martinelli died of cancer[7] in Rome on 8 July 2017, at the age of 82.[8][9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Charles Boyer and Elsa Martinelli
Martinelli in Rice Girl (1956)
Martinelli in The 10th Victim (1965)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elsa Martinelli filmography, Corriere della Sera
  2. ^ Profile, cinemaretro.com; accessed 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  4. ^ IMDb profile; accessed 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ Bergan, Ronald. "Elsa Martinelli obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Chilton, Martin. "Willy Rizzo, celebrated photographer, dies at 84". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/movies/elsa-martinelli-italian-model-and-actress-dies-at-82.html
  8. ^ "È morta Elsa Martinelli, i mille volti dell'attrice che da Cinecittà arrivò a Hollywood". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (10 July 2017). "Elsa Martinelli, Star of ‘The Indian Fighter,’ Dies".