Katyna Ranieri

Caterina Ranieri (31 August 1925 – 3 September 2018), known professionally as Katyna Ranieri, was an Italian actress and singer.[1]

Katyna Ranieri
Katyna Ranieri 1962.jpg
Ranieri in 1962.
Caterina Ranieri

(1925-08-31)31 August 1925
Died3 September 2018(2018-09-03) (aged 93)
Years active1945–2018


Ranieri was born in Follonica in 1925.[2] She had her first hit in 1954 at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Una canzone da due soldi".[3]

Ranieri enjoyed great success singing "Ti guarderò nel cuore", the Italian vocal version of the theme song of the 1962 film Mondo Cane and the subsequent English vocal version known as "More". She performed this song at the 36th Academy Awards in 1964, becoming the first, and thus far only, Italian singer to perform at the Academy Awards.[2][4]

As an actress, she worked with Nino Rota and Federico Fellini. She sang the title song, "Strange World", for the 1968 film Bandits in Milan.[5] Her song "Oh My Love" (originally featured on the soundtrack of the film Goodbye Uncle Tom) was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 movie Drive.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1956 Ranieri married Italian film composer Riz Ortolani (composer of “More”).[2] She died in Rome on 3 September 2018.[7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Si è spenta a 93 annila cantante Katyna Ranierivedova di Riz Ortolani". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Follonica piange Katyna Ranieri, star dello spettacolo e vedova di Riz Ortolani - Cronaca - il Tirreno". il Tirreno (in Italian). 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ s.r.l., Rockol.com. "√ Addio a Katyna Ranieri". Rockol (in Italian). Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ Reportage – Katyna Ranieri. katynaranieri.it
  5. ^ Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland.
  6. ^ Drive (2011). Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Addio Katyna Ranieri, vedova di Ortolani - Marche". ANSA.it (in Italian). 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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