Alida Chelli (23 October 1943 – 14 December 2012) was an Italian actress, singer, and TV-hostess. She was mainly known for her appearances in stage musicals.

Alida Chelli
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Alida Chelli and Walter Chiari (1969)
Background information
Birth nameAlida Rustichelli
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1959-1992
LabelsRCA Italiana, Cinevox


Born in Roma as Alida Rustichelli, Chelli was daughter of composer Carlo Rustichelli and sister of composer Paolo Rustichelli. She achieved her first success as singer, with the song "Sinnò me moro", which opens the 1959 film Un maledetto imbroglio.[1][2]

Then, Chelli achieved a major fame on stage, starring in a number of successful musical comedies such as Rugantino (1978, together with Enrico Montesano), Cyrano (1979, with Domenico Modugno), and Aggiungi un posto a tavola (1990, with Johnny Dorelli).[1][2] She has also appeared in many films, mainly comedies, and TV-shows.[1][2]

She was the wife of actor Walter Chiari, and from their union was born Simone Annicchiarico. After the end of the marriage the actress had a relationship with TV-presenter Pippo Baudo.[1][2] She died in Rome at 69, after a long illness.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Addio ad Alida Chelli, indimenticabile Rosetta". La Repubblica. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Daniele Abbiati (16 December 2012). "Alida Chelli, quella diva prorompente e insicura". Il Giornale. Retrieved 18 December 2012.

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