Rossana Podestà

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Rossana Podestà
Podestà in Le ragazze di San Frediano (1954)
Born Carla Podestà
(1934-06-20)20 June 1934
Tripoli, Libya
Died 10 December 2013(2013-12-10) (aged 79)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1950–1985
Spouse(s) Marco Vicario (1953-1976) (divorced) (2 children)
Partner(s) Walter Bonatti (1981-2011) (his death)
Children Stefano Vicario
Francesco Vicario[1]
Rossana Podestà in 1965
Rossana Podestà in 1956

Rossana Podestà, born Carla Dora Podestà (20 June 1934 – 10 December 2013) was a Libyan born actress,[2] who worked mainly in Italy from the 1950s to the 1970s.


Podestà was born in Tripoli, Libya in the Italian colony of Libya. She spent her first years there, moving to Rome after World War II. At sixteen she was discovered by director Léonide Moguy during the preparation of the cast for the film Domani è un altro giorno; this inaugurated a career in which she participated in sixty films, in Italy and abroad.

In Italy, she resided in Dubino (Sondrio province). She married and then divorced movie producer Marco Vicario. She subsequently lived with the famous mountain climber, explorer and journalist Walter Bonatti; he died on 13 September 2011. On 11 December 2013, Podestà died in Rome, aged 79.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Podestà's most memorable role was as Helen in Helen of Troy, produced by Robert Wise in 1956. She could not speak English so she learned her lines by rote with a voice coach. The movie gave Podestà international exposure, and she performed alongside a young Brigitte Bardot. Thanks to her starring in the Mexican film Rossana, she became very popular in Latin America.

Podestà also starred in the movie Ulisse (1955), directed by Mario Camerini, and in the sixties and seventies she acted in some romantic movies, including Paolo il caldo and Il prete sposatowhich lead to a double page of five half naked pictures in the US Playboy of March 1966. Under the headline "Trio Con Brio" featuring European actresses, she appeared alongside Christiane Schmidtmer (from Germany) and Shirley Ann Field (from the UK).

Her last performance was in Secrets Secrets (1985), directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci.

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