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Laura Antonelli

Laura Antonelli

  • Born on
    • November 28th, 1941
  • Died on
    • June 22nd, 2015
Laura Antonelli (28 November 1941 – 22 June 2015) was an Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 films between 1964 and 1991, and she is best known for the movie Malizia. Antonelli was born Laura Antonaz in Pola, Kingdom of Italy (in Croatian, Pula), former capital of Istria. After the war, her parents fled what was then Yugoslavia, lived in Italian refugee camps and eventually settled in Naples, where her father found work as a hospital administrator. Antonelli had a childhood interest in mathematics, but as a teenager, she became proficient at gymnastics. In an interview for The New York Times, she recalled, "My parents had made me take hours of gym classes during my teens ... They felt I was ugly, clumsy, insignificant and they hoped I would at least develop some grace. I became very good, especially in rhythmical gym, which is a kind of dance." Setting aside ambitions to make a career in mathematics, she graduated as a gymnastics instructor. She moved to Rome, where she became a secondary-school gym teacher and was able to meet people in the entertainment industry, who helped her find modelling jobs. Antonelli's earliest engagements included Italian advertisements for Coca-Cola. In 1965, she made her first feature-film appearance in Le sedicenni, although her performance went uncredited. Her American debut came in 1966 in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. Other roles followed; her breakthrough came in 1973's Malizia. She appeared in a number of sex farces such as Till Marriage Do Us Part/Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso!. She worked in more serious films, as well, including Luchino Visconti's last film, The Innocent (1976). In Wifemistress, a romance film of 1977, she played a repressed wife experiencing a sexual awakening. Later, she appeared in Passione d'Amore (1981). Antonelli's most recent role was in the sequel Malizia 2000 (1991). She won the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award, Nastro d'Argento, in 1974 for Malizia. Antonelli was married to publisher Enrico Piacentini but they divorced. From 1972 to 1980, she was the companion of actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. On 27 April 1991, cocaine was found during a police raid on Antonelli's home. She was subsequently convicted of possession and dealing and sentenced to house arrest. She spent ten years appealing the conviction, which was eventually overturned. In 2006, the Italian court of appeals ruled in favor of Antonelli and ordered the Ministry of Justice to pay the actress 108,000 euros. Antonelli died on 22 June 2015, aged 73, from a heart attack. Source: Article "Laura Antonelli" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Filmography

Acting (16 Credits)

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1987Rimini Rimini as Noce Bove
1986Grandi magazzini as Helèna Anzellotti, moglie del capo del personale
1981Passion of Love as Clara
1976L'Innocente as Giuliana Hermil
1974Lovers and Other Relatives as Laura
1974Till Marriage Do Us Part as Eugenia di Maqueda
1973Malicious as Angela
1973How Funny Can Sex Be? as Madame Juliette ('Signora sono le 8') / Celestina ('Due cuori e una baracca') / Enrico's Wife ('Non è mai troppo tardi') / Grazia ('Viaggio di nozze') / Tamara ('Torna piccina mia') / The Nun ('Lavoratore italiano all'estero') / Donna Mimma Maccò ('La vendetta') / Tiziana ('L'ospite')
1972The Eroticist as suor Delicata
1972Docteur Popaul as Martine Dupont
1971Swashbuckler as Pauline de Géran
1971Without Apparent Motive as Juliette Vaudreuil
1970A Man Called Sledge as Ria
1969Devil in the Flesh as Wanda von Dunajew
1966Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs as Rosanna
1964The Magnificent Cuckold as Guest with a Beehive Hairdo at the Artusis (uncredited)

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