Argentina Brunetti

Argentina Brunetti (August 31, 1907 – December 20, 2005)[1] was an Argentine stage and film actress and writer.

Argentina Brunetti
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Argentina Ferrau

(1907-08-31)August 31, 1907
DiedDecember 20, 2005(2005-12-20) (aged 98)
Years active1910–2002
Spouse(s)Miro Brunetti
(m. 19??; died 1966)


Brunetti was born Argentina Ferrau in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian parents; her mother was the Sicilian actress Mimi Aguglia.[2] She began her show-business career at the age of three with a walk-on role in the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and followed in the footsteps of her mother, performing supporting roles on stage throughout Europe and South America.[1]

In 1937, she was placed under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and began dubbing the voices of Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer into Italian. She became a narrator for the Voice of America, interviewing American movie stars for broadcast in Italy. At the same time, she made her movie debut in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) as Mrs. Maria Martini.[3]

Brunetti wrote and performed in daily radio shows; she became a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, writing numerous articles on Hollywood personalities; she authored books, wrote music, and appeared in nearly 60 television programmes and almost 70 films.[3] She hosted a weekly weblog on the Internet called Argentina Brunetti's Hollywood Stories, which her son plans to continue running, and wrote a biographical novel called In Sicilian Company. She continued to act into her nineties, most notably as a relative from the Old World who visits and stays with the (wrong) Barone family in a 1999 episode of Everybody Loves Raymond; her last role was in 2002.


She wed Miro Brunetti, a foreign correspondent in Hollywood. The two helped to co-found the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The couple had one son, Mario. Miro Brunetti died in 1966. Argentina Brunetti never remarried.

Last years/deathEdit

She moved to Rome in 2004 to be with her family and died there from natural causes on December 20, 2005, aged 98.



  1. ^ a b "Argentina Brunetti". Independent. January 2, 2006. Archived from the original on 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Estavan, Lawrence (1991). The Italian Theatre in San Francisco. Wildside Press LLC. p. 99. ISBN 9780893704643. Retrieved 1 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Martone, Eric (2016). Italian Americans: The History and Culture of a People. ABC-CLIO. p. 288. ISBN 9781610699952. Retrieved 1 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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