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Elsa Martinelli
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Martinelli in The Rogues, 1964
Elisa Tia

(1935-01-30)30 January 1935
Died 8 July 2017(2017-07-08) (aged 82)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actress and model
Years active 1953–2005
  • Count Franco Mancinelli di San Vito
    (m. 1957⁠–⁠1960)
  • Willy Rizzo
    (m. 1968⁠–⁠1978)
Children Cristiana Mancinelli

Elsa Martinelli (born Elisa Tia; 30 January 1935 – 8 July 2017) was an Italian actress and fashion model.

Life and career

Donatella - Elsa Martinelli
Donatella (1956)

Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family. In 1953, she was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Claude Autant-Lara's Le Rouge et le Noir (1954), but her first important film role came the following year with The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, who claimed to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions. Douglas subsequently signed her to a two pictures a year for two years non-exclusive contract with Bryna Productions in February 1956. She was loaned out from Bryna Productions to Universal-International Pictures in March 1956 for the film Four Girls in Town.

In 1956, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli's Donatella.

From the mid-1950s through the late 1960s, she divided her time between Europe and the United States, appearing in films such as Four Girls in Town (1957) with Julie Adams, Manuela (1957) with Trevor Howard, Prisoner of the Volga (1959) with John Derek, Hatari! (1962) with John Wayne, The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) with Charlton Heston, The Trial (1962) directed by Orson Welles, The V.I.P.s (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Rampage (1963) with Robert Mitchum, Woman Times Seven (1967) with Shirley MacLaine, and Candy (1968) with Marlon Brando. From the late 1960s, she worked in Europe in mostly foreign language productions. Her last English language role was as Carla the Agent in Once Upon a Crime (1992) with John Candy. Her final acting appearance was in the 2005 European television series Orgoglio as the Duchessa di Monteforte.

Personal life

Martinelli was first married to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, by whom she had a daughter, Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958), also an actress. In 1968, she married the Paris Match photographer and 1970s furniture designer, Willy Rizzo.


Martinelli died of cancer in Rome on 8 July 2017, at the age of 82.


Charles Boyer Elsa Martinelli The Rogues
Charles Boyer and Elsa Martinelli in The Rogues (1964)
La risaia - Martinelli
Martinelli in Rice Girl (1956)
The Trial (1963) - US lobby card
Martinelli in Orson Welles's The Trial with Anthony Perkins in 1963
  • The Red and the Black (1954) (uncredited)
  • If You Won a Hundred Million (1954) as Anna (segment "L'indossatrice")
  • The Indian Fighter (1955) as Onahti
  • Rice Girl (1956) as Elena Nardi
  • Donatella (1956) as Donatella Guiscardi
  • Four Girls in Town (1957) as Maria Antonelli
  • Manuela (1957) as Manuela Hunt
  • La mina [it] (1958) as Lucia
  • Prisoner of the Volga (1959) as Mascha
  • Ciao, ciao bambina! (1959) as Diana
  • Tunis Top Secret (1959) as Kathy Sands
  • Wild Cats on the Beach (1959) as Doriana
  • Bad Girls Don't Cry (1959) as Anna
  • Blood and Roses (1960) as Georgia Monteverdi
  • Il carro armato dell'8 settembre (1960) as Mirella
  • Captain Blood (1960) as Gisèle d'Angoulême
  • Love in Rome (1960) as Fulvia
  • The Menace (1961) as Lucile
  • Hatari! (1962) as Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro
  • The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) as Antonella Massimo
  • Pelle viva (1962) as Rosaria
  • The Trial (1962) as Hilda
  • The V.I.P.s (1963) as Gloria Gritti
  • Rampage (1963) as Anna
  • All About Loving (1964) as Mathilde
  • Marco the Magnificent (1965) as The Woman with the Whip
  • Je vous salue, mafia! (1965) as Sylvia
  • Diamonds Are Brittle (1965) as Juliette
  • L'or du duc [it] (1965) as Sonia
  • The 10th Victim (1965) as Olga
  • How I Learned to Love Women (1966) as Monica the rallye driver
  • Maroc 7 (1967) as Claudia
  • The Oldest Profession (1967) as Domitilla (segment "Nuits romaines, Les")
  • Woman Times Seven (1967) as Pretty woman (segment "Super Simone")
  • Every Man Is My Enemy [it] (1967) as Laureen
  • Manon 70 (1968) as Annie
  • The Belle Starr Story (1968) as Belle Starr
  • Madigan's Millions (1968) as Vic Shaw
  • Candy (1968) as Livia
  • If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) as Maria, Woman on Venetian bridge
  • Maldonne [fr] (1969) as Gilberte de Baer
  • Una sull'altra (1969) as Jane Bleeker
  • The Pleasure Pit (1969) as Martine
  • L'amica (1969) as Carla Nervi
  • OSS 117 Takes a Vacation (1970) as Elsa
  • La araucana [fr] (1971) as Inés de Suárez
  • The Lion's Share (1971) as Annie
  • Il garofano rosso (film) [it] (1976) as Zobeida
  • I Am an ESP (1985) as Carla Razzi
  • Pigmalione 88 [it] (1988)
  • Once Upon a Crime (1992) as Carla the Agent

See also

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