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Valentina Cortese

Highest Rated:   100% Day for Night (1973)
Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Walk (La Passeggiata)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Axel Munthe - Der Arzt von San Michele
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The House on Telegraph Hill
  • Victoria Kowelska
2001
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 Jesus of Nazareth
  • Herodias
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
44% 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 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 La Donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
  • Irma
1966
86% 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
100% 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 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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