Giulietta Masina Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 February 1921San Giorgio di Piano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Date of Death 23 March 1994Rome, Lazio, Italy  (cancer)
Birth NameGiulia Anna Masina
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of newlyweds Cico and Pallina from scripts written by Federico Fellini. The series brought her great success. The following year she married Fellini and became the inspirational muse for many of his films.

She made her cinema debut in Senza pietà (1948), directed by Alberto Lattuada, but really established her reputation with her next few films: Behind Closed Shutters (1951), directed by Luigi Comencini, Variety Lights (1951), which also marked Fellini's debut as director (the film credits both Fellini and Lattuada); and Europe '51 (1952), directed by Roberto Rossellini. Her artistic partnership with her husband really took off with the Oscar-winning La Strada (1954), followed by Il Bidone (1955) and the widely acclaimed The Nights of Cabiria (1957), which again won an Oscar and brought her the award for Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the following years she played many memorable roles in such films as Fortunella (1958), directed by Eduardo De Filippo; ...and the Wild Wild Women (1959), directed by Renato Castellani; and later in Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Ginger and Fred (1986), both directed by Fellini.

From 1966 to 1969 she hosted the immensely popular radio show "Lettere aperte a Giulietta Masina" and starred in the television series Eleonora (1973), by Tullio Pinelli, directed by Silverio Blasi, and Camilla (1976), directed by Sandro Bolchi, based on the novel by Fausta Cialente, "Un inverno freddissimo" (1966).

She died in Rome in 1994, just a few months after the death of her husband.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Italica

Spouse (1)

Federico Fellini (30 October 1943 - 31 October 1993) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Pixie-ish persona
Tiny frame
Bleach-blonde-colored hair
Appears as long-suffering, often abused but never down-hearted women in Federico Fellini's films

Trivia (4)

Giuletta died less than 5 months after her husband.
Her performance as Cabiria in The Nights of Cabiria (1957) ("Nights of Cabiria") is ranked #21 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Her son with Federico Fellini (named Federichino) died when he was an infant.
David Lynch met her at the 1986 Montreal Film Festival, where Blue Velvet premiered for the first time.

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