Franca Tamantini

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Franca Tamantini
Born(1931-08-24)24 August 1931
Rome, Italy
Died11 August 2014(2014-08-11) (aged 82)
Rome, Italy

Franca Tamantini (24 August 1931 – 11 August 2014) [1] [2] was an Italian film, television and stage actress.


Life and career

Born in Rome, since young age Tamantini studied piano, singing and classical dance at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. [3] In 1948 she was chosen by Luchino Visconti to play Olimpia in the stage drama Rosalinda o come vi piace, and one year later she made her film debut in Fernando Cerchio's Cenerentola , a musical adaptation of the Charles Perrault's fairy tale Cinderella . [3]

During her career Tamantini was often cast in operettas and musical comedies, both in the theater and in television. [3] In films, she was often cast in character roles, and she enjoyed a late success only at mature age, with the role of Miss Necchi in the Amici Miei film series. [1] [3]


1949CenerentolaTisbe, stepsister of Cenerentola
1949Femmina incatenata
1950 Toto Looks for a Wife Luisella
1950 Figaro Here, Figaro There Elsa
1951 Tomorrow Is Another Day Lola
1951 Song of Spring
1951 Revenge of the Pirates Conchita
1951 The Young Caruso Carragi - Soprano
1951 I due derelitti Colette
1951Trieste mia!
1951 Auguri e figli maschi! Vinicio Paciottini's Lover
1952 The City Stands Trial Carmela
1952 The Queen of Sheba The False Mother
1952 Sunday Heroes Annetta - the postcards seller
1952Una croce senza nome
1952La sonnambulaLisa
1952La favoritaInes
1953 Frine, Courtesan of Orient schiava di Frine
1953 Dieci canzoni d'amore da salvare Giovanna
1954 Barrier of the Law
1954Due soldi di felicitàAlba Dores, soubrette
1955Le vacanze del sor ClementeTamara
1955Sultana Safiyè
1956 Rigoletto e la sua tragedia Maddalena
1957Un angelo è sceso a BrooklynAlfonso's Girlfriend
1961Pesci d'oro e bikini d'argento
1962 The Police Commissioner Marisa
1962 I motorizzati Rita
1963I terribili 7Moglie Del Tramviere
1975 My Friends Carmen
1981 Help Me Dream Tonina
1982 All My Friends Part 2 Carmen Necchi
1983 Deadly Circuit Signora Comolli
1985 Amici miei – Atto III Carmen Necchi
1998The Second Wife

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