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Goodbye to Virna Lisi, queen of elegance

Unconventional for her sophisticated simplicity

by Luca Manzoni
December 18th, 2014

Italian cinema cries its queen more elegant. Virna Lisi is dead at the age of 78, with her, goes away one of the most extraordinary actresses of international cinema. Beautiful and loved by fans and critics, she has imposed a new concept of actress, without the stereotypes of “vamp”. Famous her refusal, at the end of the Sixties, to the role of Barbarella and especially to the photo shoot for Playboy.

Actress celebrated but “woman” (in the true meaning of the word), she has always defended her private life, marked by the great love for her husband Franco Pesci, father of her son Corrado, the love of her life. Unconventional in the deep simplicity of his feelings.

Born in Ancona in 1936, she found the success in Rome, debuting in the movie “Questa è la vita” (1954). The celebrity came with an advertisement for “Carosello” and the slogan “With that mouth can say what she wants“. Hollywood consecrated her as the new Marilyn. Despite the Americans successes, Virna Lisi returned, by her choice, in Italy to a more normal life, devoting herself to a cinema more charming, European, celebrated for her acting skills (Golden Palm in Cannes for La Reine Margot by Patrice Chéreau, four David di Donatello and two Nastri d’Argento).

Unforgettable many of her interpretations, like the previously mentioned La Reine Margot (1994), Beyond Good and Evil by Liliana Cavani (1977), La Cicala Alberto Lattuada (1980) and Va’ dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart) by Cristina Comencini (1996).

Goodbye Virna.

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