Bosè as Stefania Rocca in It Happened at the Police Station (1954)
28 January 1931
|Died||23 March 2020 (aged 89)|
(m. 1955; div. 1967)
Lucia Bosè (28 January 1931 – 23 March 2020) was an Italian actress, who was at the height of her fame during the period of Italian Neorealism, the 1950s.
Life and career
Lucia Bosè was born in Milan to Francesca Borloni and Domenico Bosè. After a number of years working in a bakery, Pasticceria Galli, in her native city, in 1947 she won the second edition of the Miss Italia beauty contest.
Later, she acted in Dino Risi’s short The Five Days of Milan, then in 1950, she made her big screen debut in Giuseppe De Santis’ Non c'è pace tra gli ulivi (No Peace Under the Olive Tree). The same year, she gave a performance as Paola Molon in Antonioni's Cronaca di un amore. In 1953, Michelangelo Antonioni asked her to play "Clara Manni" in La signora senza camelie and Juan Antonio Bardem cast her in the lead of Muerte de un ciclista (1955). She also appeared in the 1955 film Gli Sbandati and played the main female role in Luis Buñuel's Cela s'appelle l'aurore (1956).
Her career flourished until 1955, when she fell in love with Spanish bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín during the filming of Muerte de un ciclista, and gave up acting to marry and raise a family. The couple married twice, first on 1 March 1955 in Las Vegas and then on 19 October of that year, in a Catholic ceremony at the family estate or finca.
Dominguín returned to the bullfighting arena abroad, and their first child, Miguel Bosé, was born in Panama on 3 April 1956. Their second child, Lucia, was born in 1957 and their third, Paola, was born in 1960. Lucia and her husband were married until 1968, but their differences were accentuated over time, especially her lack of interest in bullfighting. She never became close to the "Dominguín" clan, and his marital infidelities also took their toll.
In 1960, she took a small uncredited role in Jean Cocteau's film Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi!. Then, after divorcing Dominguin, she returned full-time to the screen, appearing in Fellini's Fellini Satyricon (1969) and starring in the Taviani Brothers' Under the Sign of Scorpio (1969), Mario Colucci's Something Creeping in The Dark (1971), Liliana Cavani's L'ospite (1972), Giulio Questi's Arcana (1972), Marguerite Duras' Nathalie Granger (1972), Beni Montresor's La messe dorée (1975), Jeanne Moreau's Lumière (1976) and Daniel Schmid's Violanta (1976). She continued to be active in both Italian and Spanish films, appearing in Francesco Rosi's Cronaca di una morte annunciata (1987), Agustí Villaronga's El niño de la luna (1989), Ferzan Özpetek's Harem Suare (1999) and Roberto Faenza's I Viceré (2007).
- No Peace Under the Olive Tree (1950) – Lucia Silvestri
- Story of a Love Affair (1950) – Paola Molon Fontana
- È l'amor che mi rovina (1951) – Clara Montesi
- Paris Is Always Paris (1951) – Mimi de Angelis
- Three Girls from Rome (1952) – Marisa Benvenuti
- Rome 11:00 (1952) – Simona
- The Temptress (1952)
- The Lady Without Camelias (1953) – Clara Manni
- Era lei che lo voleva! (1953) – Nausicaa Invernaghi
- Of Life and Love (1954) – Angela Reis (segment "Marsina stretta")
- Concert of Intrigue (1954) – Elisabeth Tatabor
- It Happened at the Police Station (1954) – Stefania Rocca, wife of Luigi
- Magic Village (1955) – Thérèse Miceli
- Death of a Cyclist (1955) – María José de Castro
- Abandoned (1955) – Lucia
- Symphony of Love (1956) – Teresa Grob
- Cela s'appelle l'aurore (1956) – Clara
- Testament of Orpheus (1960) – Une amie d'Orphée / Orphée's Friend (uncredited)
- No somos de piedra (1968) – Monja
- Nocturne 29 (1968)
- Under the Sign of Scorpio (1969) – Glaia
- Fellini Satyricon (1969) – La matrona
- Love and Other Solitudes (1969) – María
- The Picasso Summer (1969) – Woman (uncredited)
- Jutrzenka (1969) – George Sand
- Metello (1970) – Viola
- So Long Gulliver (1970) – Evelyne
- Something Creeping in The Dark (1971) – Sylvia Forrest
- The Double (1971) – Nora Tosatti
- L'ospite (1971) – Anna / Mélisande / Geneviève
- The House of the Doves (1972) – Alexandra / Mother
- Arcana (1972) – Mamma
- Nathalie Granger (1972) – Isabelle
- La colonna infame (1972) – Chiara Mora – la moglie di Giacomo
- The Heroes (1973) – (uncredited)
- Ceremonia sangrienta (1973) – Erzebeth Bathory
- Manchas de sangre en un coche nuevo (1975) – Eva
- La messe dorée (1975) – Hélène
- Down the Ancient Stairs (1975) – Francesca
- Lumière (1976) – Laura
- Los viajes escolares (1976) – Avelina
- Violanta (1977) – Donna Violanta
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1987) – Placida Linero
- Brumal (1988) – Madre de Adriana
- Moon Child (1989) – Directora
- Volevo i pantaloni (1990) – Grazia
- The Miser (1990) – Dona Elvira
- Harem Suare (1999) – Old Safiye
- I Viceré (2007) – Donna Ferdinanda
- One More Time (2013) – Lucia (final film role)
- "Lucia Bosè Birth Certificate". Roberto Liberatori. 11 October 2020.
- "Lucia Borloni". Archivio Flavio Beninati (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- "La Revista: Nosotros los Bosé". El Mundo (in Spanish) (124). Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- Herrero, Nieves (8 October 2015). Como si no hubiera un mañana: La pasión de Ava Gardner y Luis Miguel Dominguín. La Esfera de los Libros. p. 666. ISBN 9788490605158.
- Piñeiro, Raquel (2 March 2019). "Las dos bodas de Lucía Bosé y Dominguín: en Las Vegas y en la finca familiar". Vanity Fair (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- Vargas, Manuel Ríos (2012). Antología del baile flamenco. Signatura Ediciones. p. 111. ISBN 9788495122490.
- È morta Lucia Bosé. Aveva contratto il coronavirus; accessed 14 July 2020.(in Italian)
- "Lucia Bosè, Italian beauty who starred in films of the 1950s and married the philandering bullfighter Luis Dominguin obituary". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
- Daniel E. Slotnik. "Lucia Bosé, Whose Acting Was Interrupted by Marriage, Dies at 89". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
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