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Lelia Goldoni (born Lelia Vita Rizzuto; October 1, 1936) is an American actress who appeared in a number of motion pictures and television shows starting in the late 1940s, including uncredited cameo roles in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's House of Strangers (1949), John Huston's We Were Strangers (1949) and The Italian Job (1969). She appeared as Denise James in the 1965 horror film Hysteria.
Poster for the film Shadows (1959)
Lelia Vita Rizzuto
October 1, 1936
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Children||Aaron J. Rudelson|
She is best known for co-starring in John Cassavetes's groundbreaking film Shadows (1959), which launched her acting career, and for playing the best friend of Ellen Burstyn's character in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).
In 2010, she appeared in the miniseries The Pacific as Dora Basilone.
Goldoni was born Lelia Vita Rizzuto in New York City. Her father was an Italian actor and she was a second cousin to baseball player Phil Rizzuto. She attended Los Angeles City College and was part of the Lester Horton Dancers in the 1950s.
|1949||We Were Strangers||Consuelo Valdés||Uncredited|
|1949||House of Strangers||Italian Girl||Uncredited|
|1967||Theatre of Death||Dani Gireaux|
|1969||The Italian Job||Mrs. Beckerman||Uncredited|
|1974||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore||Bea|
|1975||The Day of the Locust||Mary Dove|
|1976||Baby Blue Marine||Mrs. Townsley|
|1978||Invasion of the Body Snatchers||Katherine Hendley|
|1980||The Unseen||Virginia Keller|
|1981||Gangster Wars||Mrs. Lasker|
|1985||Rainy Day Friends||Barbara Marti|
|1994||Somebody to Love||Venice Waitress|
|2000||A Constant Forge||Herself|
|2010||The Pacific||Dora Basilone|
|2012||The Devil Inside||Susan Meadows|
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- "Dancing Co-Ed". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 25, 1954. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Thomas, Kevin (September 5, 1969). "'The Italian Job' Plot Includes a Big Chase". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lelia Goldoni In New Role". The Evening Sun. April 16, 1974. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Bloodbrothers' Film Just Doesn't Deliver". The Journal News. September 27, 1978. Retrieved July 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Giddins, Gary (2006). Natural Selection: Gary Giddins on Comedy, Film, Music, and Books. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 135. ISBN 9780195179514.
- Thomas, Gary Goldstein; Kevin (February 20, 2009). "Ex-con gets reacquainted with family in 'Chain Link'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
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