Martinelli, Elsa (1932–)

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Martinelli, Elsa (1932–)

Italian actress. Born in Grosseto, Italy, Jan 13, 1932; married Count Franco Mancinelli Scotta di San Vito, 1957; children: Cristiana Mancinelli (actress).

Worked as a barmaid and model before being discovered by Kirk Douglas, who launched her film career in his movie The Indian Fighter (1955); graced Italian and international films throughout 1960s, in such movies as La Risaia (Rice Girl, 1956), Four Girls in Town (1957), Ciao Ciao Bambina (1959), La Notte Brava (1959), Un Amore a Roma (1960), Hatari (1962), The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), Rampage (1963); The V.I.P.s (1963), La Fabuleuse Aventure de Marco Polo (Marco the Magnificent, 1967), Sept fois Femme (Woman Times Seven, 1967), Les Chemins de Kathmandou (1969), Il Garofano Rosso (1976), Pygmalion 88 (1988) and Once Upon a Crime (1991).

See also Women in World History.

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