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Valentina Cortese


Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Caccia all'uomo (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (the film was a competent screen adaptation of the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Day for Night
Day for Night Séverine
(1973)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Queen Ariadne / Violet
(1988)
Le Amiche
Le Amiche Nene
(1955)
The Barefoot Contessa
The Barefoot Contessa Eleanora Torlato-Favrini
(1954)

Filmography

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 1993 Storia di una capinera
Mother Superior
 1991 Buster's Bedroom
Serafina Tannenbaum
 1989 I promessi sposi (TV Mini-Series)
Donna Prassede
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Donna Prassede
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Donna Prassede
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Donna Prassede
 1989 La trappola (TV Movie)
 1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Queen Ariadne / Violet
 1988 Il giovane Toscanini
Comparsa (uncredited)
 1987 Facciaffittasi (TV Mini-Series)
Gina Grandi
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Gina Grandi
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Gina Grandi
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Gina Grandi
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Gina Grandi
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Gina Grandi
 1987 Tango blu
Rachele Cigno
 1987 Via Montenapoleone
Madre di Guido
 1982 La ferdinanda: Sonate für eine Medici-Villa
Caterina de Dominicis
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1979 Un'ombra nell'ombra
Elena Merrill
 1979 Le troisième couteau (TV Movie)
Tante Zelmire
 1978 Tanto va la gatta al lardo...
Vilma / Leonilde Bosco Casagrande
 1978 Il giardino dei ciliegi (TV Movie)
Liuba, possidente
 1977 La granduchessa e i camerieri (TV Movie)
Irene di Sans-Souci
 1977 Nido de viudas
Dolores
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Herodias
- Part 2 (1977) ... Herodias
- Part 1 (1977) ... Herodias
 1976 Le grand escogriffe
The Widow
 1976 Nick the Sting
Regina - Nick's Mother
 1975 Son tornate a fiorire le rose
Sabina Foschini
 1975 Kidnap Syndicate
Grazia Filippini
 1975 Dracula in the Provinces
Olghina Franchetti
 1974 Amore mio non farmi male
Sabina Foschini
 1974 The Kiss of Death
Elizabeth Blixen
 1974 Appassionata
Elisa Rutelli
 1973 Day for Night
Séverine
 1972 The Assassination of Trotsky
Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
 1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Pica Di Bernardone
 1971 L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco
Mrs. Sobiesky
 1971 The Boat on the Grass
Christine
 1971 I Buddenbrook (TV Mini-Series)
Gerda Buddenbrook / Gerda Arnoldsen
- Episode #1.7 (1971) ... Gerda Buddenbrook
- Episode #1.6 (1971) ... Gerda Buddenbrook
- Episode #1.5 (1971) ... Gerda Buddenbrook
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Gerda Buddenbrook
- Episode #1.3 (1971) ... Gerda Arnoldsen
 1970 The Love Mates
Eva
 1970 First Love
Mother
 1970 Give Her the Moon
Madeleine de Lépine
 1969 The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Gabriella (uncredited)
 1969 Toh è morta la nonna!
Ornella
 1969 Il killer (TV Mini-Series)
 1968 Istruttoria preliminare (TV Mini-Series)
 1968 Listen, Let's Make Love
Lallo's Mother
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Countess Bozo Bedoni
 1968 Processi a porte aperte (TV Mini-Series)
Elvira Sharney
- Io difendo Elvira Sharney (1968) ... Elvira Sharney
 1966 Soleil noir
Maria
 1965 Juliet of the Spirits
Valentina
 1965 The Possessed
Irma
 1964 I grandi camaleonti (TV Mini-Series)
Giuseppina
- Episode #1.8 (1964) ... Giuseppina
- Episode #1.7 (1964) ... Giuseppina
- Episode #1.6 (1964) ... Giuseppina
- Episode #1.5 (1964) ... Giuseppina
- Episode #1.4 (1964) ... Giuseppina
 1964 The Visit
Mathilda Miller
 1963 Evil Eye
Laura Craven-Torrani
 1962 Story of San Michele
Eleonora Duse
 1961 Barabbas
Julia
 1961 Square of Violence
Erica Bernardi
 1958 Amore e guai
Marisa
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Bruni
- Night of the Stranger (1958) ... Dr. Bruni (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Emilie Gallatin
- Adam Had Four Sons (1957) ... Emilie Gallatin
 1957 Kean - Genio e sregolatezza
Fanny (uncredited)
 1956 The Rocket from Calabuch
Eloisa, the Schoolmistress
 1956 Magic Fire
Mathilde Wesendonk
 1955 Il conte Aquila
Teresa Casati
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Luisa Pascoli
- Big Nick (1955) ... Luisa Pascoli
 1955 Le Amiche
Nene
 1955 Adriana Lecouvreur
Adriana Lecouvreur
 1954 The Barefoot Contessa
Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1954 Avanzi di galera
Moglie di Luprandi
 1954 Il matrimonio
Natalia Stefanovna Chubukova
 1954 Angels of Darkness
Vally
 1953 La passeggiata
Lisa
 1953 Gelosia
Agrippina (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Lulù
Lulù
 1952 Secret People
Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1951 The House on Telegraph Hill
Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1951 La rivale dell'imperatrice
Principessa Tarakanova
 1950 Shadow of the Eagle
Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1950 Women Without Names
Anna Petrovic the Jugoslav
 1949 Malaya
Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1949 Thieves' Highway
Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1949 Black Magic
Zoraida
 1949 The Glass Mountain
Alida
 1948 Crossroads of Passion
Maria Pilar
 1948 L'ebreo errante
Esther
 1948 Tempesta su Parigi
Cosetta
 1948 Caccia all'uomo
Fantina
 1947 Il corriere del re
Louise de Renal
 1947 Bullet for Stefano
Barbara
 1946 Un americano in vacanza
Maria, La maestrina
 1946 Roma città libera
La ragazza
 1945 Chi l'ha visto?
Luisella
 1945 Ten Commandments (segment "Non nominare il nome di Dio invano")
 1945 Nessuno torna indietro
Valentina
 1943 4 ragazze sognano
Enrichetta Dorlence
 1942 Giorni felici
Marianna
 1942 Quarta pagina
Valentina, la sua segretaria
 1942 Orizzonte di sangue
Lidia
 1942 Soltanto un bacio
Maria Renda / Luisa Renda
 1942 Regina di Navarra
Eleonora d'Austria
 1942 La cena delle beffe
Lisabetta
 1942 Una signora dell'ovest
Madge / Juanita
 1941 Primo amore
Nerina Redi
 1941 Il bravo di Venezia
Alina
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