Elsa Martinelli

Elsa Martinelli

Highest Rated: 83% Le Procès (The Trial) (1962)

Lowest Rated: 0% Once Upon a Crime (1991)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1935

Birthplace: Not Available

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. She is the mother of actress Cristiana Mancinelli. Marinelli died in 2017, at age 82.

Highest Rated Movies



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
60% If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Woman on Bridge 1969
40% Candy Livia 1968
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions Vicky Shaw 1968
No Score Yet The Belle Starr Story (Il Mio corpo per un poker) 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
80% The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim) Olga 1965
No Score Yet Hail! Mafia Sylvia 1965
0% The V.I.P.s Gloria Gritti 1963
No Score Yet Rampage Anna 1963
83% Le Procès (The Trial) Hilda 1962
No Score Yet The Pigeon That Took Rome Antonella Massimo 1962
63% Hatari! Anna-Maria D'Alessandro (Dallas) 1962
No Score Yet La notte brava (The Big Night) Anna 1962
No Score Yet Captain Blood (Le Capitan) Giselle d'Angoulême 1960
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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