Valentina Cortese (1923–2019)

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Valentina Cortese was born in Milan on New Year's Day of 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 Les Misérables (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (the film was a competent screen adaptation of ... See full bio »


(age 96) in Milan, Italy

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Day for Night Séverine
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Queen Ariadne / Violet
Le Amiche Nene
The Barefoot Contessa Eleanora Torlato-Favrini


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 1993 Sparrow
Mother Superior
 1991 Buster's Bedroom
Serafina Tannenbaum
 1989 The Betrothed (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 Young 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 Blue Tango
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 Ring of Darkness
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
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 2 (1977) ... Herodias
- Part 1 (1977) ... Herodias
 1976 The Big Operator
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 The Big Scare (uncredited)
 1974 Appassionata
Elisa Rutelli
 1973 Day for Night
 1972 The Assassination of Trotsky
Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
 1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Pica Di Bernardone
 1972 Chronicle of a Homicide
Luisa Sola
 1971 The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
Mrs. Sobiesky
 1971 The Boat on the Grass
 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
 1970 First Love
 1970 Give Her the Moon
Madeleine de Lépine
 1969 The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Gabriella (uncredited)
 1969 Oh, Grandmother's Dead
 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 Series)
Elvira Sharney
- Io difendo Elvira Sharney (1968) ... Elvira Sharney
 1966 Soleil noir
 1965 Juliet of the Spirits
 1965 The Possessed
 1964 I grandi camaleonti (TV Mini-Series)
- 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
 1961 Square of Violence
Erica Bernardi
 1959 Béatrice ou la servante folle (Short)
Soeur Béatrice
 1958 Love and Troubles
 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: Genius or Scoundrel
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
 1955 Adriana Lecouvreur
Adriana Lecouvreur
 1954 The Barefoot Contessa
Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
 1954 Jailbirds
Moglie di Luprandi
 1954 Marriage
Natalia Stefanovna Chubukova
 1954 Angels of Darkness
 1953 The Walk
 1953 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
 1949 The Glass Mountain
 1948 Crossroads of Passion
Maria Pilar
 1948 L'ebreo errante
 1948 Tempesta su Parigi
 1948 Les Misérables
 1947 Il corriere del re
Louise de Renal
 1947 Bullet for Stefano
 1946 Un americano in vacanza
Maria, La maestrina
 1946 Roma città libera
La ragazza
 1945 Chi l'ha visto?
 1945 Ten Commandments (segment "Non nominare il nome di Dio invano")
 1945 Responsibility Comes Back
 1943 4 ragazze sognano
Enrichetta Dorlence
 1942 Giorni felici
 1942 3/4 of a Page
Valentina, la sua segretaria
 1942 Orizzonte di sangue
 1942 Soltanto un bacio
Maria Renda / Luisa Renda
 1942 Regina di Navarra
Eleonora d'Austria
 1942 Girl of the Golden West
Madge / Juanita
 1942 La cena delle beffe
 1941 First Love
Nerina Redi
 1941 The Hero of Venice
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Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Book: "Valentina Cortese Quanti sono i domani passati ". Milan : Mondadori with Enrico Rotelli, Autobiography

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On July 28th 2019 TCM aired Thieves' Highway, after which host Eddie Muller stated that Valentina Cortese was still alive and living in Milan, Italy, even though she had passed away on July 10th. See more »

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