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Elsa Martinelli

Elsa Martinelli
Martinelli as a guest star in The Rogues, 1964.
Born Elsa Tia
(1935-01-30) 30 January 1935
Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
Occupation Actress and Model
Years active 1953–2005
Spouse(s) Count Franco Mancinelli di San Vito (1957–19??); 1 child
Willy Rizzo (1968-2013)
Children Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958)

Elsa Martinelli (born 30 January 1935[1][2]) is an Italian actress and former fashion model.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Selected filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family and in 1953 was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Claude Autant-Lara's Le Rouge et le Noir (1954), but her first important film role came the following year with The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, who claimed to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions.[3]

In 1956 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli's Donatella.[4]

From the mid-1950s through the late 1960s, she divided her time between

External links

  1. ^ IMDb Elsa Martinelli bio Retrieved 2011-09-20
  2. ^ Corriere della Sera film site, Elsa Martinelli filmography; retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ IMDb profile; accessed 18 March 2015.


Martinelli in The 10th Victim (1965).
Martinelli in Rice Girl (1956).
Charles Boyer and Elsa Martinelli

Selected filmography

Martinelli was first married to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, by whom she has a daughter, Cristiana Mancinelli (born 1958), also an actress. In 1968 she married the Paris Match photographer and 1970s furniture designer, Willy Rizzo.

Personal life


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