Paola Pitagora

Paola Pitagora (born 24 August 1941) is an Italian film actress. She has appeared in 50 films since 1959.

Paola Pitagora
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Paola Pitagora in I pugni in tasca (1965).
Born (1941-08-24) 24 August 1941 (age 79)
Other namesPaola Gargeloni
Years active1959-present


Born in Parma, Pitagora attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and the acting school by Alessandro Fersen.[1] In 1960 she debuted as a RAI TV-hostess of variety and infortaintment programs.[2] In 1962 she made her theatrical debut with Gog e Magog, then appeared in a great number of stage works.[2] In 1965 she achieved a wide popularity with the leading role of Lucia in the TV series I Promessi sposi directed by Sandro Bolchi.[1][2] She later starred on several other TV series, having one another remarkable success in 1972 with the sci-fi series A come Andromeda.[1][2]

Pitagora's film career started in 1959 with an uncredited role in Costa azzurra;[2] she had fewer opportunities to show her talent at cinema, where is probably best known for the role of the unstable Giulia of Marco Bellocchio's Fists in the Pocket (1965).[1] In 1969 she won the Nastro d'Argento for best actress thanks to her performance in the Luigi Comencini's giallo Unknown Woman.[3]

Pitagora is also an author of songs for children; her song "La giacca rotta" won the Zecchino d'Oro in 1962.[1][2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Marzio Dall'Acqua. Enciclopedia di Parma. Ricci, 1998. ISBN 8821609448.
  3. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.

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