Maria Cumani Quasimodo

Maria Cumani Quasimodo (7 January 1908 - 22 November 1995) was an Italian actress and dancer.

Maria Cumani Quasimodo
Maria Cumani

(1908-01-07)7 January 1908
Milan, Italy
Died22 November 1995(1995-11-22) (aged 87)
Milan, Italy

Born Maria Cumani in Milan, she studied dance under Jia Ruskaja.[1] In 1936, she became the companion of the poet Salvatore Quasimodo, with whom she had a son, Alessandro.[1] In 1937, she made her professional debut as a dancer, and shortly later she specialized in "poetic dance", a personal style in which dance was combined with poetic verses.[1] She was married to Quasimodo from 1948 to 1960.[2] In the meanwhile, Cumani Quasimodo started a double career as a choreographer and a stage and film character actress.[1] Shortly before her death, she released an autobiography, L'arte del silenzio, which particularly focuses on her years alongside Salvatore Quasimodo.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Shivers in Summer Giulia Uncredited
1965 Juliet of the Spirits Woman at Bhishma's Sitting Uncredited
1966 Pardon, Are You For or Against? Baronessa Cornianu
1967 The Subversives Ludovico's mother
1967 Play-Boy Baroness
1968 La notte è fatta per... rubare Olga
1968 Ballad of a Bounty Hunter
1968 Galileo
1969 The Laughing Woman Sayer's Secretary
1969 Medea Uncredited
1971 Veruschka
1972 All the Colors of the Dark Elderly Neighbor
1972 Pulp Office Manageress
1973 The Nun and the Devil Lavinia
1973 Bella, ricca, lieve difetto fisico, cerca anima gemella
1973 Cuore
1974 All Screwed Up Owner of restaurant
1974 Prigione di donne Ursula - the Mother Superior
1974 Il tempo dell'inizio Maitresse
1974 Five Women for the Killer Marta
1974 Two Missionaries Marchesa Gonzaga
1975 Wanted: Babysitter Princess Ruspini Uncredited
1978 Interno di un convento
1978 L'inquilina del piano di sopra
1979 Caligula Priestess of Isis Uncredited
1983 Nostalghia
1984 Dance music
1984 She Moona
1988 Vampire in Venice Princess
1994 Aquero Isadora (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Le attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 91–92. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. ^ Lesley Henderson, Sarah M. Hall (1995). Reference Guide to World Literature, Volume 2. St. James Press, 1995. p. 986. ISBN 1558623337.

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