Lelia Goldoni

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Lelia Goldoni
Born (1936-10-01) October 1, 1936 (age 82)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1949-2012
Spouse(s)Ben Carruthers (1960-1960) (divorced) Bob Rudelson
ChildrenAaron J. Rudelson

Lelia Goldoni (born October 1, 1936) is an American actress who appeared in a number of motion pictures and television shows starting in the late-1940s, including uncredited cameo roles in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's House of Strangers (1949), John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949) and The Italian Job (1969). She appeared as Denise James in the 1965 horror film Hysteria.[1]

She costarred on the episode "Fair Exchange" and "Two Birds with One Bullet" of the British television series Danger Man (1964) with Patrick MacGoohan.

She is best known for co-starring in John Cassavetes's groundbreaking film Shadows (1959),[2] which really launched her acting career,[3] and playing the best friend of Ellen Burstyn's character in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).

In 2010, she appeared in the miniseries The Pacific as Dora Basilone.


Goldoni was born in New York City.[4] She attended Los Angeles City College and was part of the Lester Horton Dancers in the 1950s.[4]

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  1. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael “Bobb” (2013). "Goldoni, Lelia (1936-)". The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. p. 89. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ Carney, Ray (1994). The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies. Cambridge UP. p. 35. ISBN 9780521388153.
  3. ^ Lane, Lydia (20 July 1962). "Hollywood Beauty - Lelia Goldoni Individuality". Daily Press. Retrieved 2018-07-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Dancing Co-Ed". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 25 April 1954. Retrieved 2018-07-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Thomas, Kevin (5 September 1969). "'The Italian Job' Plot Includes a Big Chase". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-07-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b "Lelia Goldoni In New Role". The Evening Sun. 16 April 1974. Retrieved 2018-07-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "'Bloodbrothers' Film Just Doesn't Deliver". The Journal News. 27 September 1978. Retrieved 2018-07-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Giddins, Gary (2006). Natural Selection: Gary Giddins on Comedy, Film, Music, and Books. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 135. ISBN 9780195179514.
  9. ^ Thomas, Gary Goldstein; Kevin (2009-02-20). "Ex-con gets reacquainted with family in 'Chain Link'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-07-29.

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