Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Francesca Romana Coluzzi (20 May 1943 – 15 July 2009) was an Italian actress. A respected dramatic actress on stage, she is probably best known for her roles in the commedia sexy all'italiana.

Francesca Romana Coluzzi
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Born(1943-05-20)20 May 1943
Died15 July 2009(2009-07-15) (aged 66)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Tirana, Albania of Italian parents, Coluzzi soon moved in Italy with her family to Perugia.[1][2]

As a teenager, during a student twist dancing contest, Federico Fellini noticed her and offered her a role in . Coluzzi declined the offer to continue her studies, but however the encounter with Fellini marked her life, and she eventually decided to leave the university to pursue a career in the cinema.[2]

She started her career as a body double, first of Mylène Demongeot in Fantômas and later of Marisa Mell in Danger: Diabolik. In 1965, at 22, Coluzzi made her acting debut in the Lucio Fulci's comedy film 002 Operazione Luna.[2]

Her breakout role came in 1969, with the role of Asmara, the Adriano Celentano's lover in Pietro Germi's Serafino.[2] One year later she played Tarsilla Tettamanzi in Alberto Lattuada's Come Have Coffee with Us, and for this role she won a Nastro d'Argento for best supporting actress[3] and a Globo d'oro in the same category.[4] In the following years Coluzzi was mainly active in comedy films, especially in the commedia sexy all'italiana genre, often playing roles of unbearable and jealous wives.[2][5] In 1985 she founded in Rome a theater workshop for children, Associazione Culturale Minestrone d'Arte.[6] She died at 66 of lung cancer.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Fabio Melelli. L'Umbria nel cinema: tra demonio e santità. Gramma, 2005. ISBN 8889941022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Irene Hdez (18 July 2009). "La reina del cine del destape italiano". El Mundo. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  4. ^ "Monica Vitti la migliore per la stampa straniera". La Stampa. 13 July 1971. p. 6.
  5. ^ Massimo Giraldi; Enrico Lancia; Fabio Melelli. 100 caratteristi del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore, 2006. ISBN 8884403839.
  6. ^ a b Redazione (17 July 2009). "Morta Francesca Romana Coluzzi attrice delle commedie anni 70". Il Giornale. Retrieved 14 November 2013.

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