Daniela Rocca

Birthday: Sep 12, 1937
Birthplace: Not Available
In one of those strange quirks of cinema, Italian actress Daniela Rocca became a star not for portraying the glamorous beauty she really was, but for playing the part of the frumpy, dumpy wife that Marcello Mastroianni is desperate to escape in Pietro Germi's international box-office hit Divorzio all'Italiana (1962). Rocca was born and raised in Catania, a working-class area plagued by poverty. It was her unusual beauty that helped her escape a life of drudgery, for she was discovered after competing in a beauty contest. She made her film debut in French director Maurice Cloche's Marchants de Filles (1957). More film roles followed, but Rocca did not find fame until Divorzio. She subsequently appeared in ten more films through 1967, but then her looks faded and by age 35, Rocca was a has-been. Deeply depressed, and labelled a nutcase by the tabloids after a suicide attempt, Rocca would spend the rest of the decade in and out of mental institutions. She eventually recovered and occasionally acted on stage and in television. Rocca also turned to writing and penned three novels, a poetry book and a non-fiction look at psychoanalysis.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
89% Behold a Pale Horse Rosanna 1964
No Score Yet The Sucker (Le Corniaud) Gina 1964
No Score Yet Revenge of the Barbarians Actor 1964
No Score Yet La noia (The Empty Canvas) Rita 1963
100% Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) Rosalia Cefalù 1962
40% Esther and the King Queen Vashti 1960
No Score Yet The Battle of Austerlitz Actor 1960
No Score Yet Colossus and the Amazon Queen Melitta 1960
No Score Yet The Giant of Marathon Karis 1959
No Score Yet Caltiki - il mostro immortale (Caltiki the Undying Monster) Linda 1959
No Score Yet Le legioni di Cleopatra (Legions of the Nile) Teyrè 1959
No Score Yet Ultimate Hero Actor 1959

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