Leonora Ruffo

Leonora Ruffo (13 January 1935 – 25 May 2007) was an Italian film actress.

Leonora Ruffo
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Bruna Bovi

(1935-01-13)13 January 1935
Died28 May 2007(2007-05-28) (aged 72)


Born in Rome as Bruna Bovi, the daughter of Angelo Bovi, basketball coach of Ginnastica Roma, Italian Championship pluri-winner, Ruffo failed to obtain the main roles in Cielo sulla palude by Augusto Genina and Tomorrow Is Another Day by Léonide Moguy due to the opposition of her family, then she eventually debuted in 1951 in Gli amanti di Ravello by Francesco De Robertis.[1]

She was almost entirely active in peplum and adventure films; one of the exceptions is the role of the sensible Sandra Rubini in Federico Fellini's I Vitelloni.[1]

She retired from acting in the late 1960s.[1]

Ruffo also starred in a number of fotoromanzi, being usually credited as Bruna Falchi or with the stage name Ingrid Swenson.[1] She was married to Italian producer Ermanno Curti, two sons Stefano and Gianluca, aunt of Claudia Mori.


Ruffo with Alberto Sordi in Il vedovo (1959)
Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Lovers of Ravello Elena
1952 The Wonderful Adventures of Guerrin Meschino Elisenda
1952 The Queen of Sheba Balkis, Queen of Sheba
1953 I Vitelloni Sandra Rubini
1954 Mid-Century Loves Contessina Elena Micheli (segment "L'amore romantico")
1955 Ricordami Maria Calise
1956 Ciao, pais... Medy
1957 The Black Devil Stella
1958 The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Caterina Nickleby 6 episodes
1958 Sergente d'ispezione Giovanna
1959 Due selvaggi a corte Angela
1959 Il vedovo Gioia
1960 Goliath and the Dragon Dejanira
1960 Un dollaro di fifa Sara Perkins
1961 Spade senza bandiera Gigliola
1961 Maciste contro il vampiro Guja
1961 Hercules in the Haunted World Princess Deianira
1966 Star Pilot Kaena
1968 Time and Place for Killing Mulligan's daughter
1969 A Woman on Fire Woman in Clara's dream (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d Roberto Chiti. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese, 1999. ISBN 8877423420.

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