Lucia Bosè

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Lucia Bosè
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Lucia Bosè

(1931-01-28)28 January 1931
Milan, Italy
Died23 March 2020(2020-03-23) (aged 89)
Segovia, Spain
Years active1950–2007
(m. 1955; div. 1967)
ChildrenMiguel Bosé
Lucía Dominguín
Paola Dominguín

Lucia Bosè (28 January 1931 – 23 March 2020) was an Italian actress.

Life and career[edit]

Lucia Bosè was born in Milan to Francesca Borloni and Domenico Bosè.[1] 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.[2]

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 SantisNon 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).[citation needed]

Her career flourished until 1955 when she fell in love with Spanish bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín during the filming of Muerte de un ciclista,[3] and gave up acting to marry and raise a family.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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).


Bosè in 2010

Bosè died at the General Hospital of Segovia on 23 March 2020, at the age of 89, from pneumonia during the COVID-19 pandemic.[7][8][9]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Lucia Bosè Birth Certificate". Roberto Liberatori. 11 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Lucia Borloni". Archivio Flavio Beninati (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "La Revista: Nosotros los Bosé". El Mundo (in Spanish). No. 124. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ Herrero, Nieves (8 October 2015). Como si no hubiera un mañana: La pasión de Ava Gardner y Luis Miguel Dominguín (in Spanish). La Esfera de los Libros. p. 666. ISBN 9788490605158.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Vargas, Manuel Ríos (2012). Antología del baile flamenco. Signatura Ediciones. p. 111. ISBN 9788495122490.
  7. ^ "È morta Lucia Bosé. Aveva contratto il coronavirus" (in Italian). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Lucia Bosè, Italian Beauty Who Starred in Films of the 1950s and Married the Philandering Bullfighter Luis Dominguin Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  9. ^ Daniel E. Slotnik. "Lucia Bosé, Whose Acting Was Interrupted by Marriage, Dies at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Italia
Succeeded by