Elsa Martinelli (born Elisa Tia; 30 January 1935 – 8 July 2017) was an Italian actress and fashion model.
Martinelli as a guest star in The Rogues, 1964.
30 January 1935
|Died||8 July 2017 (aged 82)|
|Occupation||Actress and Model|
|Spouse(s)||Count Franco Mancinelli di San Vito (1957–1960; 1 child)|
Willy Rizzo (1968–1978)
|Children||Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958)|
Life and careerEdit
Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family. In 1953 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.
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.
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.
- 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 (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
- I piaceri del sabato notte (1960) as L'indossatrice romana
- 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 (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 (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 (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 (1971) as Inés de Suárez
- The Lion's Share (1971) as Annie
- Garofano rosso (1976) as Zobeida
- I Am an ESP (1985) as Carla Razzi
- Pigmalione 88 (1988)
- Once Upon a Crime (1992) as Carla the Agent
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elsa Martinelli.|
- Elsa Martinelli filmography, Corriere della Sera
- Profile, cinemaretro.com; accessed 18 March 2015.
- "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- IMDb profile; accessed 18 March 2015.
- Bergan, Ronald. "Elsa Martinelli obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
- Chilton, Martin. "Willy Rizzo, celebrated photographer, dies at 84". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
- "È morta Elsa Martinelli, i mille volti dell'attrice che da Cinecittà arrivò a Hollywood". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- Vivarelli, Nick (10 July 2017). "Elsa Martinelli, Star of 'The Indian Fighter,' Dies".