April 28, 1928
Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Actress of great expressiveness, has linked his name above all to the golden age of television dramas of the sixties , with works such as The Pisan , Mastro Don Gesualdo , Luisa Sanfelice and Luke's secret . He made his first experiences in Parma with amateur theater group "Youth student" and then with the dramatic society "Friends of prose," with which he staged The pleasure of honesty of Luigi Pirandello . With this play he participated in a national competition in Pesaro , where he was honored as best actress, where she was spotted by director Anton Giulio Bragaglia , present in the jury and that writing in his company. His first professional acting job came in 1946 , with Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill , directed by the same Bragaglia. After only four years left to return to the theater scene in his hometown and write poems. In 1954 he returned to the theater with Emma , of Federico Zardi and in 1957 with The Servant of Two Masters , along with Marcello Moretti , directed by Giorgio Strehler . With this company took the play in France , Germany and the Middle East . Thanks to his skills as a dramatic actress, has played many roles of classical theater, like Medea , Electra , Helen, Phaedra . He also linked his name to important Italian opera houses, such as the Piccolo Teatro of Milan and Genoa Stable . In 1970 he received recognition by French critics as the best Italian television actress. She was awarded the title of Grand Officer of the Italian Republic by President Sandro Pertini  . It 'was the godmother of the National Literary Prize Pisa for over 25 years. In 1997 she starred in the role of the publisher Guicciardini in the film Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni , the scenes in which she appeared was cut in the U.S. version of the film while it is visible in other languages.