Valentina Cortese

Highest Rated: 100% Day for Night (1973)
Birthday: Jan 1, 1925
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy
In films from 1940, Italian actress Valentina Cortese first gained international recognition with her performance in the Anglo-Italian co-production The Glass Mountain (1948). This led to a Hollywood contract at 20th Century Fox, where she was briefly billed as Valentina Cortesa. In one of her Fox films, House on Telegraph Hill (1951), she co-starred with Richard Basehart, whom she subsequently married (they were divorced in 1970). Dissatisfied with the roles offered her in Hollywood, she returned to Europe, establishing a reputation as one of the screen's finest and most versatile actresses. In 1974, she earned an Academy Award nomination (and several other film festival awards) for her incisive portrayal of a fading, alcoholic movie star in Truffaut's La Nuite Americaine (Day for Night); though she lost the Oscar to Ingrid Bergman, even Bergman insisted that Cortese truly deserved the award. Valentina Cortese remained busy in European and British films and television well into the 1990s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Walk (La Passeggiata) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Axel Munthe - Der Arzt von San Michele Actor 2012
No Score Yet Storia di una capinera (Sparrow) Mother Superior 1993
No Score Yet Buster's Bedroom Serafina 1991
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Queen Ariadne/Violet 1989
0% When Time Ran Out Rose Valdez 1980
No Score Yet Satan's Wife Actor 1979
No Score Yet Satan's Wife Actor 1977
No Score Yet Widows' Nest Dolores 1977
No Score Yet Kidnap Syndicate (La città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori) Actor 1975
No Score Yet Appassionata Elisa Rutelli 1974
100% Day for Night Séverine 1973
42% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) Pica Di Bernardone 1972
No Score Yet The Assassination of Trotsky Natalia Sedowa Trotsky 1972
No Score Yet The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (L'Iguana Dalla Lingua Di Fuoco) Actor 1971
No Score Yet First Love Mother 1970
67% The Secret of Santa Vittoria Gabriella 1969
No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare Countess Bozo Bedoni 1968
No Score Yet The Possessed (La Donna del lago) Irma 1966
79% Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli Spiriti) Valentina 1965
No Score Yet The Visit Mathilda Miller 1964
71% Evil Eye (La ragazza che sapeva troppo) Laura Traven-Torrani 1963
89% Barabbas Julia 1961
No Score Yet The Rocket from Calabuch Teacher Donna Sophia 1956
No Score Yet Magic Fire Actor 1956
100% Le amiche Nene 1955
100% The Barefoot Contessa Eleanora Torlato-Favrini 1954
No Score Yet The Secret People Maria Brentano/Brent/Lena Collins 1952
No Score Yet The House on Telegraph Hill Victoria Kowelska 1951
No Score Yet Gobbi: Glass Mountain Actor 1950
No Score Yet Malaya Luana 1949
No Score Yet Magia Negra Zoraida 1949
100% Thieves' Highway Rica 1949
No Score Yet Glass Mountain Alida 1949
No Score Yet Women Without Names (Donne senza nome) Yugoslavian 1949
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera Actor 1948
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera (Rome: Free City) Actor 1946
No Score Yet La Cena Delle Beffe Actor 1942


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