Valentina Cortese

Biography

Valentina Cortese, sometimes credited as Valentina Cortesa (born January 1, 1925 in Milan) is an Italian actress. In her US career she starred in The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) directed by Robert Wise, and costarring Richard Basehart and William Lundigan. Cortese married Basehart in 1951, and had one son with him before they divorced in 1960. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her performance in Francois Truffaut's Day for Night. She also appeared in Gérard Brach's The Boat on the Grass and in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth.

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Day for Night

Severine

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Juliet of the Spirits

Valentina

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Laura Craven-Torrani

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Thieves' Highway

Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)

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The House on Telegraph Hill

Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Auge um Auge

Comtessa Grazia Filippini

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Le Amiche

Nene

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Secret People

Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Calabuch

Eloisa, the Schoolmistress

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The Assassination Of Trotsky

Natalia Sedowa Trotsky

Starring In
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La Novicia

Mother Superior

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Queen Ariadne / Violet

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Via Montenapoleone

Madre di Guido

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When Time Ran Out

Rose Valdez (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Ring of Darkness

Elena Merrill

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Nick the Sting

Regina - Nick's Mother

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The Big Operator

The Widow

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Son tornate a fiorire le rose

Sabina Foschini

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Auge um Auge

Comtessa Grazia Filippini

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Appassionata

Elisa Rutelli

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The Big Scare

(uncredited)

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Day for Night

Severine

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Pica Di Bernardone

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Chronicle of a Homicide

Luisa Sola

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The Assassination Of Trotsky

Natalia Sedowa Trotsky

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The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire

Mrs. Sobiesky

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Le Bateau Sur L'Herbe

Christine

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The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Gabriella (uncredited)

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Große Lüge Lylah Clare

Countess Bozo Bedoni

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Juliet of the Spirits

Valentina

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The Possessed

Irma

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Laura Craven-Torrani

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Axel Munthe - Der Arzt von San Michele

Eleonora Duse

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Barabbas

Julia

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Kean: Genius or Scoundrel

Fanny (uncredited)

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Calabuch

Eloisa, the Schoolmistress

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Le Amiche

Nene

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Magic Fire

Mathilde Wesendonk

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Il conte Aquila

Teresa Casati

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Marriage

Natalia Stefanovna Chubukova

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The Barefoot Contessa

Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Secret People

Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)

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The House on Telegraph Hill

Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Women Without Names

Anna Petrovic - la jugoslava

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Thieves' Highway

Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Black Magic

Zoraida

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The Glass Mountain

Alida

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Malaya

Luana (as Valentina Cortesa)

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Tempesta su Parigi

Cosetta

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Caccia all'uomo

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La Farce Tragique

Lisabetta

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