Moira Orfei

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Moira Orfei
Orfei in Signore & signori (1966)
Born Miranda Orfei
(1931-12-21)21 December 1931
Codroipo, Italy
Died 15 November 2015(2015-11-15) (aged 83)
Brescia, Italy
Other names Miranda Orfei
Moira degli elefanti ("Moira of the elephants")
Spouse(s) Walter Nones (1961 – 2015; her death)
Children Stefano Orfei
Lara Orfei
Parent(s) Riccardo Orfei
Violetta Arata

Moira Orfei (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔira orˈfɛi]; born Miranda Orfei; 21 December 1931 – 15 November 2015) was a popular Italian actress and television personality.[1][2] Moira was considered the queen of the Italian circus.[1]


Raised in a family who owned the circus company Circus Orfei, Moira became the symbol of circus in Italy and attained international fame.[2] The Circus Moira Orfei itself was founded in 1960. She was photographed in various scenes as a rider, trapeze artist, acrobat, dominatrice of elephants and trainer of doves.

Her excessively garish image mirrors her eccentric and exuberant personality. It was Dino De Laurentiis who suggested that she change her name from Miranda to Moira.[3] From then on, her face became an effigy of unchanging characteristics: heavy make-up with eyes coated with eyeliner, bright lipstick, an accentuated mole above the lip, hair tied in a turban. Promotional billboards were carpeted with this picture in every city that the circus stopped. She also became a film actress, acting in over forty films, from comedies to sword and sandal films (among which were many Italian crime films).[2]


Her parents were Riccardo Orfei and Violetta Arata. She married Walter Nones and they had two children Stefano Orfei and Lara Orfei. On 4 August 2006 Moira Orfei suffered an ischemic stroke during a show in Gioiosa Ionica. The artist was still under medical care when she died on 15 November 2015 in Brescia, Italy.[1][4]



  1. ^ a b c "Addio a Moira Orfei, a Brescia il suo ultimo spettacolo" (in Italian). Giornale di Brescia. 2015-11-15. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "È morta Moira Orfei, regina del circo" (in Italian). La Stampa. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Una biografia online
  4. ^ Moira Orfei, circus owner - obituary

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