Virna Lisi

Virna Lisi


Virna Lisi was born on Nov 08, 1936 in Italy. Virna Lisi's big-screen debut came with Il cardinale Lambertini directed by Giorgio Pastina in 1954. Virna Lisi is known for Queen Margot directed by Patrice Chéreau, Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois dite La Reine Margot and Daniel Auteuil as Henri de Navarre. Virna Lisi has got 23 awards and 7 nominations so far. The most recent award Virna Lisi achieved is Venice Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Virna Lisi plays is I ragazzi della via Pál which will be released on Dec 03, 2003.

Stunning Italian actress Virna Lisi, a brief but lovely Hollywood import in the 1960's, was merely one of a plethora of European movie beauties who proved over the course of their long careers, that they were capable of more than just visual performances.Born Virna Lisa Pieralisi on November 8, 1936, she began her film career as a 17-year-old teen with a co-starring part with the musical drama ...e Napoli canta! (1953) (Naples Sings!). Cast initially for her photographic beauty, she gained more experience in such early pictures as Lettera napoletana (1954) and L'amour d'une mère (1954) before earning her first top-billed movie lead in Piccola santa (1954) opposite Rosario Borelli. Other late 50's/early 60's films that helped steam up her image included Luna nova (1955), Les 18 ans (1955), La rossa (1955), La donna del giorno (1957), Un seul survivra (1959) opposite Jacques Sernas, Les bonnes causes (1963) (Don't Tempt the Devil), Son Excellence est restée dîner (1961) (His Excellency Stayed to Dinner], the Italian-made spectacle, Romulus et Remus (1961) and an innocent role in the French-made Eva (1962) starring the scheming Jeanne Moreau in the title role.The pert and sexy star later made a decorative dent in late 1960's Hollywood as a tempting blue-eyed blonde opposite the likes of Jack Lemmon in Comment tuer votre femme (1965), Frank Sinatra in Le hold-up du siècle (1966) and Tony Curtis in Deux Minets pour Juliette! (1966). Confined once again to the same type of glamour roles (she turned down the title role of "Barbarella"), she returned to Europe within a couple of years but hardly fared better with such nothing special movies as Pas folles, les mignonnes (1967), La fille qui ne savait pas dire non (1968), L'arbre de Noël (1969), Le plaisir des dames (1971), Barbe-bleue (1972) and Croc-blanc (1973) and its sequel Le retour de Croc Blanc (1974).Come middle age, however, a career renaissance occurred for Virna. She began to be perceived as more than just a tasty dish and was given a wide variety of quality mature performances. As the stature of her films improved, she began winning foreign awards right and left for such European pictures as Au-delà du bien et du mal (1977), La Cigale (1980), Sapore di mare (1983), Joyeux noël, bonne année (1989) and Va' dove ti porta il cuore (1996) (Follow Your Heart). It all culminated in the lifetime role of the malevolent "Caterina de Medici" in La Reine Margot (1994) for which she captured both the César and Cannes Film Festival awards, not to mention the Italian Silver Ribbon award.Virna continued reigning supreme on TV as a character lead and support player into the millennium with parts in such TV movies as the title role in A casa di Anna (2004) and Donne sbagliate (2007) (Steel Women) as well as Italian TV series work. Starring as the matriarch in the excellent family film drama Il più bel giorno della mia vita (2002), Virna would find her last excellent movie role in the award-winning dramedy Latin Lover (2015). Having passed away on December 14, 2014, at age 78, of lung cancer, the actress received a couple of award nominations posthumously for her work here. Survived by her son Corrado, her longtime husband (from 1960), architect Franco Pesci (1934-2013), died a year earlier.

  • Birthday

    Nov 08, 1936
  • Place of Birth

    Ancona, Marche, Italy

Known For


23 wins & 7 nominations

Venice Film Festival
Winner - Pietro Bianchi Award
David di Donatello Awards
Winner - Special David
For her prestigious career.
Winner - Special David
Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)
Winner - Special David
Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice non Protagonista)
Winner - David
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