Valentina Cortese, sometimes credited as Valentina Cortesa (born 1 January 1925 in Milan) is an Italian actress.
In her US career she starred in The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) directed by Robert Wise, and costarring Richard Basehart and William Lundigan. Cortese married Basehart in 1951, and had one son with him before they divorced in 1960.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in François Truffaut`s Day for Night
She also appeared in Gérard Brach`s The Boat on the Grass, in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and in the Franco Zeffirelli 1972 film Brother Sun, Sister Moon and his 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth.
==Valentina Cortese== (born 1 January 1923) is an Italian actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in [[François Truffaut]]'s [[Day for Night]].
Date of Birth 1 January 1923, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Mini Bio (1)
[[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 [[Les Misérables]] (1948) and [[Tempesta su Parigi]] (1948), playing both female leads, [[Fantine and Cosette]] (the film was a competent screen adaptation of the [[Victor Hugo]] classic "[[Les misérables]]"). The international success of the British-made melodrama [[The Glass Mountain]] (1949) brought her some Hollywood offers: she was very sensual as a truck-driver's mistress in [[Jules Dassin]]'s film noir [[Thieves' Highway]] (1949) and particularly effective in [[Robert Wise]]'s thriller [[The House on Telegraph Hill]] (1951), in which she portrayed a woman pursued by a killer. She then returned to Europe and worked with many great directors, like [[Michelangelo Antonioni]], who cast her in his [[Le Amiche]] (1955), and [[Federico Fellini]], who gave her a supporting part in his surrealist fantasy [[Juliet of the Spirits]] (1965). She had an especially robust part in [[Francois Truffaut]]'s [[Day for Night]] (1973) as a fading alcoholic movie star (she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award Nomination for this). She also followed a fruitful stage career, working with directors like [[Giorgio Strehler]] and [[Franco Zeffirelli]] and starring in plays like Schiller's "[[Mary Stewart]]" (title role) and Wedekind's "[[Lulu]]" (title role).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Thanassis Agathos
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