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Laura Antonelli
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Antonelli in How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)
Laura Antonaz

(1941-11-28)28 November 1941
Died22 June 2015(2015-06-22) (aged 73)
Rome, Italy
Years active1965–1991
Spouse(s)Enrico Piacentini
(m. ??; div. ??)
Partner(s) Jean-Paul Belmondo

Laura Antonelli (28 November 1941 – 22 June 2015) was an Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 films between 1965 and 1991.

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Early years

Antonelli was born Laura Antonaz in Pola, Kingdom of Italy (now known as Pula, Croatia), former capital of Istria. [1] 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." [2]

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Pula City in Istria County, Croatia

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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. [1]


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. [1] 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!.

Coca-Cola Carbonated soft drink

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<i>Le sedicenni</i> 1965 film by Luigi Petrini

16 Year Olds or Le sedicenni is a 1965 Italian film directed by Luigi Petrini.

<i>Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs</i> 1966 film by Mario Bava

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs is a 1966 Eurospy comedy film, made in Technicolor and directed by Mario Bava. Serving as a sequel to two unrelated films, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and Two Mafiosi Against Goldginger, the film stars Vincent Price, Fabian, Francesco Mulé, Laura Antonelli, and the Italian comedy team Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.

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.

Luchino Visconti Italian theatre, opera and cinema director

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<i>Wifemistress</i> 1977 film by Marco Vicario

Wifemistress is a 1977 Italian romantic movie directed by Marco Vicario.

Romance film film genre

Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on TV that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all quite strong, deep, and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life, temptations, and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.

Personal life

Antonelli was married to publisher Enrico Piacentini but they divorced. [2] From 1972 to 1980, she was the companion of actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. [3]

Jean-Paul Belmondo French actor

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s and one of the biggest French film stars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His best known credits include Breathless (1960) and That Man from Rio (1964).

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 10 years appealing the conviction, which was eventually overturned. [4] 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. [5]


Antonelli died on 22 June 2015, aged 73, from a heart attack. [6]


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  2. 1 2 Roberts, Sam (June 22, 2015). "Laura Antonelli Dies at 73; Popular, and Seductive, Italian Actress". The New York Times .
  3. Mort de Laura Antonelli, star italienne des années 1970 et ex-femme de Jean-Paul Belmondo AlloCiné; 22 June 2015.
  4. "Yahoo! Movies: Laura Antonelli". Yahoo. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  5. (in Italian) Laura Antonelli sarà risarcita Troppo lungo il processo per droga La Repubblica; accessed 22 June 2015.
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