World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Valentina Cortese

Valentina Cortese
Cortese in The Jester's Supper (1941)
Born (1923-01-01) 1 January 1923
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Other names Valentina Cortesa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1941-1993
Spouse(s) Richard Basehart (1951-60, divorced); 1 child

Valentina Cortese (born 1 January 1923) is an Italian actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in François Truffaut's Day for Night.[1]

Contents

  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Selected filmography 3
  • References 4

Personal life

Born in Milan, Italy, Cortese married Richard Basehart, her co-star in The House on Telegraph Hill, in 1951, and had one son with him, the actor Jackie Basehart; they divorced in 1960. She never remarried.[2] Jackie Basehart died in Milan in 2015, predeceasing Cortese.

Career

Cortese in 2012

She made her screen debut in Italians films in 1940, leading to her first internationally acclaimed roles in Riccardo Freda's 1948 Italian film Les Misérables with Marcello Mastroianni, in which she played both Fantine and Cosette, and the 1949 British film The Glass Mountain (1949),[3] which led to a number of roles in American movies of the period, but continued to make movies in Europe with such directors as Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and François Truffaut.[3][4]

She signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1948. She starred in Malaya (1949), a Second World War movie about smuggling and guerrilla warfare against the Japanese with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart, Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway (1949) with Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb, The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) directed by Robert Wise, and co-starring Richard Basehart and William Lundigan, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Barefoot Contessa (1954), with Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien. In Europe she starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche (1955), Gérard Brach's The Boat on the Grass (1971), Terry Gilliam's British film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and in Franco Zeffirelli projects such as the 1972 film Brother Sun, Sister Moon, his 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth and the 1993 film Sparrow. Her final American film role was in When Time Ran Out (1980).[5]

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "The 47th Academy Awards (1975) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Profile, gramilano.com; accessed 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b IMDb profile
  4. ^ "Valentina Cortese ricorda quando il marito la tradi con Giulietta Masina ...". Dago Spia (in Italian). 26 May 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cortese: i foulard, l'amore e la mia bimba mai nata". Corriere della sera (in Italian). 2 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from School eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.