Alida Valli

Alida Valli

Highest Rated: 100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

Birthday: May 31, 1921

Birthplace: Pola, Istria, Italy [now Pula, Istria, Croatia]

Born in Italy, Alida Valli (often billed simply as Valli) was the daughter of an Austrian journalist. Possessed of a haunting beauty even at an early age, Valli began her European film career when she was 15, after brief formal training. Though few of her Italian starring films have stood the test of time, she remained popular throughout the early 1940s. When she refused to make any more films for Italy's fascist regime, she had to virtually go into hiding to avoid arrest and execution (ironically, her mother was shot as a collaborator by anti-fascists in 1945). After the war, Valli and her then-husband, composer Oscar de Mejo, came to Hollywood at the invitation of producer David O. Selznick. Signed to a contract, she spent most of her Selznick years on loanouts, starring in such trivialities as Miracle of the Bells (1947). Her best work during this period included her portrayal of an accused murderess in Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947), and her unforgettable portrayal of Anna Schmidt (made even more unforgettable by her uncompromising final scene) in Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949). Her career temporarily stalled by an infamous sex-drug-murder scandal in 1954, Valli returned to the screen in a progression of strong, well-defined character parts, often playing a worldly-wise adventuress of ambivalent sexual tastes.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Siamo donne (Of Life and Love) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Il feroce Saladino Actor 2012
No Score Yet Semana Santa (Angel of Death) Dona Catalina 2002
92% The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) His Wife 2001
71% A Month by the Lake Signora Fascioli 1995
No Score Yet Le Jupoun Rouge (Manuela's Loves) Bacha 1987
No Score Yet Le Jupon Rouge Bacha 1987
No Score Yet Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi) Mother Superior 1982
64% Inferno Carol 1980
46% La Luna Giuseppe's mother 1979
No Score Yet Zoo zéro Actor 1979
58% 1900 (Novecento) Signora Pioppi 1977
30% The Cassandra Crossing Mrs. Chadwick 1977
93% Suspiria Miss Tanner 1977
No Score Yet Berlinguer ti voglio bene (Berlinguer: I Love You) Signora Cioni 1977
No Score Yet Flesh and the Orchid La foile de la gare 1975
No Score Yet The Antichrist Irene 1974
62% Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism) Actor 1973
No Score Yet Beyond Erotica Louise 1973
No Score Yet La Prima notte di quiete (Indian Summer) (The Professor) Mother 1972
100% The Spider's Stratagem Draifa 1970
86% Edipo re (Oedipus Rex) Merope 1967
No Score Yet Il Disordine (Disorder) Tycoon's Wife 1964
No Score Yet The Paper Man (El hombre de papel) Actor 1963
No Score Yet El Valle de las espadas (The Castillian) (Valley of the Swords) Queen Teresa 1963
No Score Yet Castilian Actor 1963
98% Eyes Without a Face Louise 1962
No Score Yet Ophélia Claudia Lesurf 1962
No Score Yet The Happy Thieves Duchess Blanca 1961
No Score Yet The Long Absence Actor 1961
No Score Yet Dialogue With The Carmelites Actor 1960
No Score Yet Une Aussi Longue Absence Therese Langlois 1960
20% The Night Heaven Fell Florentine 1958
75% Il Grido (The Cry) Irma 1957
86% Senso Livia Serpieri 1954
No Score Yet We, the Women Actor 1953
No Score Yet Walk Softly, Stranger Elaine Corelli 1950
No Score Yet The White Tower Carla Alton 1950
99% The Third Man Anna Schmidt 1949
80% The Paradine Case Maddalena Anna Paradine 1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells Olga Treskovna 1948
No Score Yet Beniamino Gigli - Ridi Pagliaccio Julia 1948
No Score Yet Noi vivi (We the Living) Kira Argounova 1942
60% Invisible Agent Actor 1942
No Score Yet Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo mondo antico) Lucia 1941


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