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Valentina Cortese

Highest Rated:   100% Le amiche (1955)
Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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Birthplace:   Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Actress Valentina Cortese began appearing in Italian films at age 15. Attaining stardom in the 1948 Anglo-French production The Glass Mountain (1948), Cortese was brought to the U.S. to co-star opposite Orson Welles in Black Magic (1949). She was then signed to a contract by Darryl F. Zanuck, who emphasized her Mediterranean background by changing the spelling of her name to Cortesa. One of her starring films was 1951's The House on Telegraph Hill, in which she appeared with Richard Basehart, to whom she was married from 1951 to 1970. By 1952, Cortese had struck out in Hollywood, and was back making pictures in Europe and England; ironically, it was during this period that she essayed her best-known role in an American-produced film: Countess Eleanora Torlato-Favrini in The Barefoot Contessa (1954). Surviving long past the "young female lead" stage, Cortese did some of her finest work in her middle years. When Ingrid Bergman, accepting the 1974 "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award for her minor role in Murder on the Orient Express, announced to the world that she thought the prize should have gone to Valentine Cortese for her bravura performance as a drink-besotted film star in Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), there were quite a few out there in Televisionland who wholeheartedly agreed.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Walk (La Passeggiata)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Axel Munthe - Der Arzt von San Michele
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Storia di una capinera (Sparrow)
  • Mother Superior
1993
No Score Yet Buster's Bedroom
  • Serafina
1991
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Queen Ariadne/Violet
1989
0% When Time Ran Out
  • Rose Valdez
1980
No Score Yet Satan's Wife
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Satan's Wife
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Widows' Nest
  • Dolores
1977
No Score Yet Kidnap Syndicate (La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Appassionata
  • Elisa Rutelli
1974
97% Day for Night
  • Séverine
1973
42% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)
  • Pica Di Bernardone
1972
No Score Yet The Assassination of Trotsky
  • Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
1972
No Score Yet The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (L'Iguana Dalla Lingua Di Fuoco)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet First Love
  • Mother
1970
63% The Secret of Santa Vittoria
  • Gabriella
1969
60% The Legend of Lylah Clare
  • Countess Bozo Bedoni
1968
No Score Yet The Possessed (La Donna del lago)
  • Irma
1966
79% Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli Spiriti)
  • Valentina
1965
No Score Yet The Visit
  • Mathilda Miller
1964
71% Evil Eye (La ragazza che sapeva troppo)
  • Laura Traven-Torrani
1963
89% Barabbas
  • Julia
1962
No Score Yet The Rocket from Calabuch
  • Teacher Donna Sophia
1956
No Score Yet Magic Fire
  • Actor
1956
100% Le amiche
  • Nene
1955
100% The Barefoot Contessa
  • Eleanora Torlato-Favrini
1954
No Score Yet The Secret People
  • Maria Brentano/Brent/Lena Collins
1952
No Score Yet The House on Telegraph Hill
  • Victoria Kowelska
1951
No Score Yet Gobbi: Glass Mountain
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Malaya
  • Luana
1949
No Score Yet Magia Negra
  • Zoraida
1949
100% Thieves' Highway
  • Rica
1949
No Score Yet Glass Mountain
  • Alida
1949
No Score Yet Women Without Names (Donne senza nome)
  • Yugoslavian
1949
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera (Rome: Free City)
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet La Cena Delle Beffe
  • Actor
1942

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