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Also Known As: Alida Maria Altenburger, Alida Valli Died: April 22, 2006
Born: May 31, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pola, Italy (now Croatia) Profession: actor

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Strikingly beautiful Italian actress who began her career in the mid-1930s at the age of 15. Valli starred in mostly uninspired works until her temporary retirement in 1944, due to her refusal to appear in Fascist propaganda films (in 1945 her mother was shot as a collaborator). Following the war, Valli landed a contract with David O Selnzick, but her career did not really take off until her appearance as Harry Lime's faithful paramour in the Carol Reed classic "The Third Man" (1949). Often billed simply as "Valli", she shone in films including Visconti's "Senso" (1954), Henri Colpi's "Une Aussi longue absence" (1962), Bertolucci's "The Spider's Stratagem" (1970) and, more recently, in John Irvin's "A Month by the Lake" (1995).

Strikingly beautiful Italian actress who began her career in the mid-1930s at the age of 15. Valli starred in mostly uninspired works until her temporary retirement in 1944, due to her refusal to appear in Fascist propaganda films (in 1945 her mother was shot as a collaborator). Following the war, Valli landed a contract with David O Selnzick, but her career did not really take off until her appearance as Harry Lime's faithful paramour in the Carol Reed classic "The Third Man" (1949). Often billed simply as "Valli", she shone in films including Visconti's "Senso" (1954), Henri Colpi's "Une Aussi longue absence" (1962), Bertolucci's "The Spider's Stratagem" (1970) and, more recently, in John Irvin's "A Month by the Lake" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Amore Probabilmente, L' (2001) (Archival Footage)
2.
 Il Dolce rumore della vita (1999) Grandmother
3.
 Month By The Lake, A (1995) Signora Fascioli
4.
5.
 Zitti e Mosca (1991) Clara
6.
 Bocca, La (1991) The Countess
7.
 Oedipus Rex (1990) Merope
8.
 notre regrettable epoux, A (1988) Catarina
9.
 Jupon rouge, Le (1987) Bacha
10.
 Thrill of Genius, The (1986) Herself
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Milestones close milestones

1936:
Film debut, "I Due Sergenti"
1947:
First US film (for David O Selznick), "The Paradine Case"
:
Career survived temporary setback as result of her involvement in a drug, sex and murder scandal involving her husband and his mistress in the mid-1950s

Education

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia: -

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husband:
Oscar de Mejo. Pianist, composer. Married in 1944; separated; wrote "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth".

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son:
Carlos de Mejo. Born 1945.

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