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Martinelli as a guest star in The Rogues, 1964.
30 January 1935
Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
|Occupation||Actress and Model|
|Spouse(s)||Count Franco Mancinelli di San Vito (1957–19??); 1 child
Willy Rizzo (1968-2013)
|Children||Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958)|
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.
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). Since the late 1960s, she has worked in Europe in mostly foreign language productions. Her last English language role was as Carla the Agent in 1992s Once Upon a Crime. Her most recent appearance was in the 2005 European television series Orgoglio as the Duchessa di Monteforte.
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.
- The Red and the Black (1954) uncredited
- The Indian Fighter (1955) as Onahti
- Rice Girl (1956) as Elena
- Donatella (1956) as Donatella
- Four Girls in Town (1957) as Maria Antonelli
- Manuela (1957) as Manuela Hunt
- Prisoner of the Volga (1959) as Mascha
- Bad Girls Don't Cry (1959) as Anna
- Wild Cats on the Beach (1959) as Doriana
- Tunis Top Secret (1959) as Kathy Sands
- Ciao, ciao bambina! (1959) as Diana
- Blood and Roses (1960) as Georgia Monteverdi
- Captain Blood (1960) as Gisèle d'Angoulême
- Love in Rome (1960) as Fulvia
- Pelle viva (1962) as Rosaria
- Hatari! (1962) as Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro
- The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) as Antonella Massimo
- The Trial (1962) as Hilda
- The V.I.P.s (1963) as Gloria Gritti
- Rampage (1963) as Anna
- All About Loving (1964) as Mathilde
- Je vous salue, mafia! (1965) as Sylvia
- Diamonds Are Brittle (1965) as Juliette
- The 10th Victim (1965) as Olga
- Marco the Magnificent (1965) as The Woman with the Whip
- How I Learned to Love Women (1966) as Monica the rallye driver
- Maroc 7 (1967) as Claudia
- The Oldest Profession (1967) as Domitilla
- Woman Times Seven (1967) as Woman at supermarket
- Manon 70 (1968) as Annie
- The Belle Starr Story (1968) as Belle Starr
- Madigan's Millions (1968) as Vic Shaw
- Candy (1968) as Livia
- Una sull'altra (1969) as Jane
- The Pleasure Pit (1969) as Martine
- L'amica (1969) as Carla Nervi
- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) as Maria, Woman on Venetian bridge
- OSS 117 Takes a Vacation (1970) as Elsa
- The Lion's Share (1971) as Annie
- I Am an ESP (1985) as Carla Razzi
- Once Upon a Crime (1992) as Carla
- Elsa Martinelli bio, imdb.com; retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Elsa Martinelli filmography, Corriere della Sera; retrieved 18 March 2015.
- Profile, cinemaretro.com; accessed 18 March 2015.
- "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- IMDb profile; accessed 18 March 2015.
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