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Valentina Cortese
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    (January 1, 1923-July 10, 2019)
    Born in Milan, Italy
    Appeared in the films 'Girl of the Golden West' (1942), 'Ten Commandments' (1945), 'Les Miserables' (1948), 'Crossroads of Passion' (1948), 'The Glass Mountain' (1949), 'Women Without Names' (1950), 'Shadow of the Eagle' (1950), 'The House on Telegraph Hill' (1951), 'Lulu' (1953), 'Marriage' (1954), 'The Barefoot Contessa' (1954), 'Love At First Sight' (1958), 'Barabbas' (1961), 'The Evil Eye' (1963), 'The Shortest Day' (1963), 'The Possessed' (1965), 'Juliet of the Spirits' (1965), 'Listen, Let's Make Love' (1967), 'The Legend of Lylah Clare' (1968), 'Oh, Grandmother's Dead' (1969), 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' (1972), 'The Assassination of Trotsky' (1972), 'Day For Night' (1973), 'The Kiss of Death' (1974), 'Ring of Darkness' (1979), 'When Time Ran Out' (1980), 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' (1988) and 'Sparrow' (1993)
    She married and divorced actor Richard Basehart.
    After a brief stint in American films in the 50s she said, 'In Hollywood, it is terrible. They expect you to be their slave. You have to be ready to do anything for them, at any time, not just when you are making a picture.'
    Producer Darryl Zanuck changed the spelling of her last name to 'Cortesa' to emphasize her Mediterranean background.
    She was good friends with Audrey Hepburn.
    She worked with most of Europe's leading directors, including Truffaut, Fellini and Antonioni.
    When Ingrid Bergman beat her for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Bergman apologized in her acceptance speech, saying 'When Day for Night opened, Valentina Cortese gave the most beautiful performance that all we actresses recognize.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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