|Born||24 November 1973|
Paola Cortellesi (born on 24 November 1973 in Rome) is an Italian actress, singer, voice actress, and presenter. She has starred in about 20 movies as well as a number of theatrical shows, television shows, and radio shows.
Cortellesi debuted in the show business at the age of 13, as a singer for Cacao meravigliao, the jingle of the popular RAI TV show Indietro tutta! by Renzo Arbore. At 19 she began studying as an actress at the "Teatro Blu" in Rome (the same theatre school that Kim Rossi Stuart, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Claudia Gerini, Stefania Rocca, and Claudio Santamaria, among others, have attended).
She began her career in television with the show Macao, presented by Alba Parietti, but eventually reached nationwide popularity as a comic actress in the TV show Mai dire Gol by the Gialappa's Band (2000), which, in particular, showcased her skills at parodying famous people, a genre where she collected some of her most appreciated performances (the latest one being her parody of Milan's mayor Letizia Moratti in the 2010-2011 edition of the popular TV show Zelig).
After Mai dire Gol, Cortellesi has collaborated in several other TV Show of the Mai dire... franchise by Gialappa's Band. Other major performances of Cortellesi on television include the 2004 edition of the San Remo Music Festival and the leading role in the TV movie Maria Montessori: Una vita per i bambini, a biography of Maria Montessori, for which Cortellesi received the "Maximo Award" at the Roma Fiction Fest.
Her career in cinema includes several appreciated performances in comedies and comic movies, including a leading role in Tu la conosci Claudia?, a very popular production starring the comic trio Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo. In 2008, she was nominated for the David di Donatello award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Piano, solo by Riccardo Milani. In 2011 she won the David di Donatello for Best Actress for her leading role in Escort in Love.
One of her most appreciated theatrical performances was Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi ("Last will be last") by Massimiliano Bruno, which has been staged 189 times from 2005 to 2007 in over 50 theatres, and for which Cortellesi has collected a number of awards.
As a singer, Cortellesi has been described by Mina as "one of the best Italian voices" and has cooperated with several notable Italian musicians, including Elio e le Storie Tese, Renato Zero, Claudio Baglioni, Frankie hi-nrg mc, and Neri per Caso.
Cortellesi married director Riccardo Milani on 1 October 2011. The couple have a daughter, Laura, born 24 January 2013.
- Ask Me If I'm Happy (2000)
- Un altr'anno e poi cresco (2000)
- Se fossi in te (2000)
- Bell'amico (2000)
- Amarsi può darsi (2001)
- A cavallo della tigre (2001)
- Past Perfect (2002)
- The Soul's Place (2002)
- Do You Know Claudia? (2004)
- Don't Make Any Plans for Tonight (2006)
- Piano, solo (2007)
- The Ladies Get Their Say (2009)
- La fisica dell'acqua (2009)
- Men vs. Women (2010)
- Women vs. Men (2011)
- Escort in Love (2011)
- Some Say No (2011)
- A Boss in the Living Room (2014)
- Sotto una buona stella (2014)
- Do You See Me? (2014)
- Wondrous Boccaccio (2015)
- The Last Will Be the Last (2015)
- Mom or Dad? (2017)
- Like a Cat on a Highway (2017)
- The Legend of the Christmas Witch (2018)
- Don't Stop Me Now (2019)
- Gianluca Maria Tavarelli; Paola Cortellesi; Massimo Poggio; Gianmarco Tognazzi, Alberto Cracco (2006). Maria Montessori : [una] vita per i bambini. Erscheinungsort nicht ermittelbar: Taodue. OCLC 819807992 – via archive.is. (both a book and a film)