skip navigation
Overview for Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi

Greta Scacchi


TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

Hidden Love ... A powerful and moving film revealing the difficult and intense relationship... more info $18.95was $24.95 Buy Now

Frantic &... 2013 Japan only release. Warner. more info $20.95was $24.98 Buy Now

The Jane... The complete novels of Jane Austen come to life in this comprehensive collection... more info $45.95was $59.98 Buy Now

Frantic /... Double Feature. more info $9.71was $12.98 Buy Now

Sense &... Two of Jane Austen's most inspiring stories are joined together in this... more info $37.95was $49.98 Buy Now

Fires Within ... When her journalist husband Nestor (Smits) is imprisoned in Cuba for his... more info $11.45was $19.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Greta Gracco Died:
Born: February 18, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: Cast ... actor model shepherdess


This beautiful light-haired international lead first gained attention as the spirited grandmother in the flashback sequence of the Merchant-Ivory production, "Heat and Dust" (1982). Scacchi (pronounced "Skaa-key") was also memorable as the daffy secretary in Dusan Makavejev's "The Coca Cola Kid" (1985). By the late 1980s, despite such high-profile projects as "White Mischief" (1987) and "Presumed Innocent" (1990), she seemed typecast as a two-dimensional femme fatale. Her career received a renewed critical boost thanks to a standout performance in Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992). Scacchi seemed to excel in several period films, notably "Country Life" (1994), Michael Blakemore's adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya." She then reteamed with Merchant-Ivory to portray Maria Cosway who entrances the future US president in "Jefferson in Paris" (1995) and segued to Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" (1996).

In 1984, Scacchi stepped into one of Garbo's signature roles, playing the consumptive Marguerite Gauthier in a TV-movie remake of "Camille" (CBS). She appeared as the object of affection of an older Englishman (James Mason) in "Doctor Fischer of Geneva" (BBC, 1984; PBS, 1985) and was one of two nubile young woman living with an elderly artist (Laurence Olivier) in "The Ebony Tower" (BBC, 1986; PBS, 1987). For her performance as the Czarina Alexandra in "Rasputin" (HBO, 1996), Scacchi won a Supporting Actress Emmy. She followed with a turn as Penelope, the patient wife of Odysseus, in the NBC miniseries "The Odyssey" (1997).

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute