Giovanna Ralli

Giovanna Ralli, Commendatore OMRI, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born 3 January 1935), is an Italian stage, film and television actress.[1]

Giovanna Ralli
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Giovanna Ralli in La vita agra (1964)
Born (1935-01-03) 3 January 1935 (age 88)
Rome, Italy
Years active1942–2014
Ettore Boschi
(m. 1977; died 2013)
PartnerSergio Amidei

Life and careerEdit

Born in Rome, Ralli debuted as a child actress at 7; at 13 she made her theatrical debut, entering the stage company of Peppino De Filippo.[2] After appearing in Federico Fellini and Alberto Lattuada's Variety Lights (1950), Ralli had her first film roles of weight in mid-fifties, often in comedy films.[3] In 1959 she had a leading role in Roberto Rossellini's General Della Rovere, that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, while in 1960 her performance in Escape by Night, still directed by Rossellini, was awarded with the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress at the San Francisco International Film Festival.[4]

Ralli later won a Nastro d'Argento award, as best actress, for La fuga (1964).[5] In the mid-sixties she had a brief Hollywood career, starting from Blake Edwards' What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?.[6] In 1974 she won her second Nastro d'Argento, as best supporting actress, for We All Loved Each Other So Much.[5] Starting from early eighties, Ralli focused her activities on stage.[2] In 1993 she received a Flaiano Prize for her career.[3] In 2003 she was made a Grand Officer of the Italian Republic.[7] At the 2015 Taormina Film Fest, where she received a special award for her career, Ralli announced her retirement from acting.[8] She considers herself Roman Catholic.[9]


Ralli with Nino Taranto and Clelia Matania in Easy Years (1953)


  1. ^ Mira, Alberto. "Ralli, Giovanna". Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Caprara, Fulvia (17 October 1989). "Giovanna Ralli la moglie che non-perdona". La Stampa (in Italian).
  3. ^ a b Pellegrini, Francesca. "Giovanna Ralli – La passione di Giovanna". MyMovies (in Italian). Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Soviet Film Wins Contest On Coast; 'Ballad of a Soldier' Named Best in San Francisco's Fourth Movie Festival". The New York Times. 2 November 1960.
  5. ^ a b Lancia, Enrico (1998). I premi del cinema, 1927-1997 (in Italian). Preface by Claudio G. Fava. Rome: Gremese. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  6. ^ Short, Michael (9 August 1966). "In Hollywood Giovanna Ralli Seeks Us Stardom". Ellensburg Daily Record.
  7. ^ "Ciampi ai registi stranieri "Venite a girare in Italia"". La Repubblica (in Italian). 8 April 2003. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ Cicero, Franco (16 June 2015). "La Ralli: dico addio alle scene". Gazzetta del Sud (in Italian). Archived from the original on 24 July 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  9. ^ Giordano, Lucio (3 June 2022). "Ho sempre amato Dio, anche se L'ho pregato di farmi avere un figlio e non mi ha ascoltato". Dipiù (in Italian). No. 22. pp. 98–101.

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