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Bella Darvi (1928–1971)


Bella Darvi became a 50s symbol for one of the many movie "Cinderellas" whose bright and beautiful Hollywood fairy tale would come crashing down, ending in bitterness and tragedy. A self-destructive brunette beauty, her life was full of misfortune. Of Polish/French descent, she miraculously survived the tortures of a WWII concentration camp as a ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Egyptian
The Egyptian Nefer
(1954)
Hell and High Water
Hell and High Water Denise Montel
(1954)
La donna di ghiaccio
La donna di ghiaccio Adriana Savelli
(1960)

Filmography

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 1971 Les petites filles modèles
Mme. de Rosbourg
 1969 Le bourgeois gentil mec
La tante
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Renee
- View from the Eiffel Tower (1962) ... Renee
 1960 La donna di ghiaccio
Adriana Savelli
 1960 Le pain des Jules
Gina Beau Sourire
 1960 Lipstick
Nora, madre di Silvana
 1958 Pia de' Tolomei
Bice
 1958 The Mask of the Gorilla
Isoline
 1958 Sinners of Paris
Cri Cri
 1957 Conflict (TV Series)
 1956 Je reviendrai à Kandara
Pascale Barret
 1955 Je suis un sentimental
Marianne Colas
 1955 The Racers
Nicole
 1954 The Egyptian
Nefer
 1954 Hell and High Water
Denise Montel
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 1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #2.146 (1962) ... Herself
 1954 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Herself - Audience Member
- Episode dated 31 January 1954 (1954) ... Herself - Audience Member
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 1995 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (1995) ... Herself (uncredited)
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Television actress.

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Trivia:

Marlon Brando was originally scheduled to appear opposite her in the Technicolor epic The Egyptian (1954). During the script read-through before filming began, the pair disliked each other at first sight. Bella, cast as the courtesan Nefer, was also jeered by more experienced star Jean Simmons, who laughed with other cast members that Darvi was "an actress who 'nefer' was." Just as filming was to... See more »

Trademark:

Husky voice; angular features

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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