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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 31 July 1920Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Birth NameAlma Franca Maria Norsa

Mini Bio (1)

Franca Valeri was born on July 31, 1920 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Alma Franca Maria Norsa. She is an actress and writer, known for Il segno di Venere (1955), Parigi o cara (1962) and Tosca and the Women (2003). She was previously married to Vittorio Caprioli.

Spouse (1)

Vittorio Caprioli (? - 1974) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Adopted her surname in the 50s as an homage to the French critic and poet, Paul Valéry.
Despite the old age and suffering Parkinson's disease, she's still very active on the Italian theatrical stage. Across the season 2005-2006 she performed her own monologue "La Vedova Socrate" ("Socrate's Widow") and "Les Bonnes", by Jean Genet.
Started her career on the radio, where she created the character of "Signorina Cesira" and "Signora Cecioni", exhilarating sketches of the idiosyncrasies of the Italy of 50s.
Her work was also important in Italian TV of the 60s where, directed by Antonello Falqui, starred in "Studio Uno", "Le divine" and "Sabato Sera".

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