La Scala mourns a favourite film star

The home of Italian opera has put up a short tribute to Valentina Cortese, the film star who died today aged 96.

A leading actor in films by directors as Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and François Truffaut, and curiously cast as Herodias in Zeffirelli’s miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, Valentina was a regular operagoer in glamourous gowns, happy to pose with great singers and conductors.

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  • Jack says:

    “curiously cast as Herodias in Zeffirelli’s miniseries Jesus of Nazareth”

    Curious, yes, but she worked effectively alongside the great Christopher Plummer’s rather jittery Herod Antipas.

  • edo says:

    not to mention her connection with Victor de Sabata of whom she always spoke with love and gratitude

  • Her performance in “Day For Night” is one of the greatest in all film history. Heartbreaking. Addio, bella Valentina.

    • Mock Mahler says:

      In Ingrid Bergman’s remarks accepting the 1974 supporting-actress Oscar for a small role in “Murder on the Orient Express,” she more or less said that it should have gone to Valentina, who was in the audience. “I’m her rival, and I don’t like it at all.” A gracious moment for two eloquent professionals.

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