Daria Nicolodi

Daria Nicolodi (19 June 1950 – 26 November 2020) was an Italian Television/Film actress and screenwriter.[2]

Daria Nicolodi
Daria Nicolodi 75.jpg
Nicolodi in 1975
Born(1950-06-19)19 June 1950
Florence, Italy
Died26 November 2020(2020-11-26) (aged 70)[1]
Rome, Italy
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active1970–2020
Partner(s)Mario Ceroli (1971–1974)
Dario Argento (1974–1985)
Children2, including Asia Argento
RelativesAlfredo Casella (grandfather)

Early life and careerEdit

Nicolodi photographed by Paolo Monti in 1970

Daria Nicolodi was born in Florence on 19 June 1950. Her father was a Florentine lawyer and her mother, Fulvia, was a scholar of ancient languages. Her maternal grandfather was composer Alfredo Casella.[3][4] She moved to Rome in the late 1960s.

In 1970, she participated in the television variety show Babau in four episodes written by Paolo Poli and Ida Omboni and directed by Vito Molinari. Because of program content deemed outrageous at the time, the show was shelved and only broadcast by RAI six years later. In the early 1970s, Nicolodi had some significant work in the cinema and theater under the guidance of Elio Petri. Also in the same year, Nicolodi participated in some TV productions, such as the serial story Nicotera, Without a Trace with Rossano Brazzi (1972), Portrait of a Veiled Woman with Nino Castelnuovo (1975), the drama Saturnino Farandola with Mariano Rigillo (1978), and Rosaura at 10 (1981).

Nicolodi starred in five films directed by Dario Argento between 1975 and 1987: Deep Red (1975), Inferno (1980), Tenebrae (1982), Phenomena (1985) and Opera (1987). Nicolodi starred in Shock (1977), the final film of Italian horror auteur Mario Bava. After her relationship with Argento ended in 1985, Nicolodi participated in such films as Paganini Horror, The Picture of Joy, Macaroni, The End Is Known, Notes of Love and in films directed by her daughter Asia Argento. In 2007, Nicolodi made a comeback to the cinema, working with her daughter Asia in Dario Argento's Mother of Tears, the sequel to Suspiria and Inferno.

Personal lifeEdit

Nicolodi in 1972

In the early 1970s, she had a relationship with the sculptor Mario Ceroli; they had a daughter, Anna, who was born in 1973 and died in a 1994 car accident. Nicolodi had a professional and romantic relationship with director Dario Argento; they met in 1974 during casting for the film Deep Red, and their daughter Asia was born in 1975. They separated in 1985. Asia had a daughter of her own; she named her Anna after her half-sister.[5]

Nicolodi died in Rome on 26 November 2020 at the age of 70.[6][7][8]


In 2012, Nicolodi was highlighted in the retrospective Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The retrospective celebrated the influence of the Argento family on filmmaking in Italy and around the world. It highlighted Nicolodi's contribution to Dario Argento's films as well as that of his father (Salvatore), brother (Claudio) and daughter (Asia).[9][10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Uomini contro Crocerossina Film debut
1972 Salomè Unnamed role
1973 La proprietà non è più un furto Anita
1975 Profondo rosso (Deep Red) Gianna Brezzi
1977 Suspiria Woman at Airport (uncredited) Also writer (screenplay)
1977 Schock (Shock) Dora Baldini
1980 Inferno Elisa De Longvalle Adler Also writer (story; uncredited)
1981 Il minestrone Eleonora
1982 Tenebre (Tenebrae) Anne
1985 Phenomena Frau Brückner
1985 Maccheroni Laura Di Falco
1987 Le foto di Gioia Evelyn
1987 Opera Mira
1989 Sinbad of the Seven Seas Narrator
1989 Paganini Horror Sylvia Hackett Also writer (screenplay)
1989 Il gatto nero (The Black Cat) N/A Writer (uncredited)
1991 La Setta Unnamed role
1992 La fine è nota Avv. Mila
1998 Viola bacia tutti Sibilla
1998 La parola amore esiste Madre di Angela
2000 Scarlet Diva Anna's Mothet
2000 Rosa e Cornelia Eleonora
2004 Soleado (short film) Ms. Fogoni
2007 La Terza madre (Mother of Tears) Elisa Mandy
Year Title Role Notes
1972 I Nicotera Alessandra Miniseries (5 episodes)
1975 Ritratto di donna velata Elisa Miniseries (5 episodes)
1977 Saturnino Farandola Unknown/unnamed role Miniseries (4 episodes)
1978 Aspetterò Eve Cresso Television film
1979 I giochi del diavolo Clara Miniseries (1 episode)
1979 Tre ore dopo le nozze Townley Television film
1981 Rosaura alle 10 Unnamed/unknown role Television film
1982 The Life of Verdi Margherita Barezzi Miniseries (9 episodes)
1985 Sogni e bisogni Litizia Miniseries (1 episode)
1987 Turno di notte Unknown/unnamed role Season 1 (guest role – 1 episode)
1991 Adventures of the Little Mermaid Narrator/Queen Camilla (voice) Italian dub; Season 1 (26 episodes)
1999 Alta tensione Preside Miniseries (1 episode)
2009 Inspector Coliandro Professor Moline Season 3 (guest role – 1 episode)
2009 Il mostro di Firenze La sensitiva Miniseries (1 episode)


  1. ^ Addio a Daria Nicolodi, ex compagna di Dario Argento e star di Profondo Rosso, 2020 (in Italian)
  2. ^ "Daria Nicolodi". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 27 August 2021. Archived from the original on 2015.
  3. ^ "CASELLA, A.: Symphony No. 3 / Elegia eroica (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)". naxos.com.
  4. ^ "Bio". csfd.cz. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Asia Argento ricorda la sorella morta: "Avrebbe compiuto 43 anni"". 10 June 2015.
  6. ^ Morta Daria Nicolodi, attrice cult di Profondo Rosso: dalla relazione con Dario Argento nacque Asia (in Italian)
  7. ^ Italian Actress & Screenwriter, Daria Nicolodi Has Passed Away
  8. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (26 November 2020). "Daria Nicolodi, Star of Dario Argento's 'Deep Red' and 'Inferno,' Dies at 70". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue". Museum of Arts and Design. Museum of Arts and Design. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  10. ^ Dollar, Steve (12 April 2012). "Importing Cinema of Great Import". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones Inc. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ Kasman, Daniel. "The Design and Architecture of Terror: Dario Argento's "Deep Red"". Notebook. MUBI. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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