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Elsa Martinelli

Highest Rated:   89% Le Procès (The Trial) (1962)
Lowest Rated:   0% Once Upon a Crime (1991)
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The official story was that Italian actress Elsa Martinelli was discovered for movies when Kirk Douglas spotted her on a 1954 magazine cover. Actually, Martinelli had been playing bits in Italian films since 1950, and had been a professional model since her early teens. Her first and only screen appearance while under contract to Douglas' Bryna Productions was The Indian Fighter (1955). The film should have made her a star, but (at least according to Douglas) Martinelli exercised nothing but bad judgment thereafter, taking parts that exploited her physical attributes but allowed her acting skills to atrophy. Finally, Douglas threw in the towel, telling Martinelli that she'd have to pay him to work for Bryna again. With such notable exceptions as Orson Welles' The Trial, Martinelli never had a part as good as her Native American heroine in Indian Fighter. She retired from filmmaking in the mid-1980s, making an unheralded return appearance in the inconsequential all-star comedy Once Upon a Crime. Elsa Martinelli is the mother of actress Cristiana Mancinelli.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Un amore a Roma (Love in Rome)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet De l'amour (All About Loving)
  • Actor
2013
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Carla the Agent
1991
No Score Yet Pygmalion 88
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Every Man Is My Enemy
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Perversion Story (Una sull'altra) (One on Top of the Other)
  • Jane
1969
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Woman on Bridge
1969
80% Candy
  • Livia
1968
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions
  • Vicky Shaw
1968
No Score Yet Il Mio corpo per un poker (The Belle Starr Story)
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Manon 70
  • Annie
1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven
  • Pretty woman
1967
No Score Yet Maroc 7
  • Claudia
1967
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde)
  • Empress
1967
83% The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim)
  • Olga
1965
No Score Yet Hail! Mafia
  • Sylvia
1965
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s
  • Gloria Gritti
1963
No Score Yet Rampage
  • Anna
1963
89% Le Procès (The Trial)
  • Hilda
1962
No Score Yet The Pigeon That Took Rome
  • Antonella Massimo
1962
67% Hatari!
  • Anna-Maria D'Alessandro (Dallas)
1962
No Score Yet La notte brava (The Big Night)
  • Anna
1962
No Score Yet Et mourir de plaisir (Blood and Roses)(To Die with Pleasure)
  • Georgia Monteverdi
1960
No Score Yet The Indian Fighter
  • Onahti
1955

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