Friday, April 5, 2013

RIP Regina Bianchi

Regina Bianchi died today April 5, 2013, at the age of 92 in her sleep at her home in Rome, Italy. An unforgettable performer and among the most popular actresses of the Neapolitan theater, she was born Regina D'Antigny on January 1, 1921 in Lecce, Apulia, Italy. A great theater actress she worked with Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo. She will always be remembered for her performance in Filumena Marturano, replacing Titina De Filippo. She left show business for 14 years to raise two daughters she had with director Goffredo Alessandrini although the couple never married. She returned to appear in several large budget films such as “The Last Judgement” (1961) by Vittorio De Sica, “The Four Days in Naples” (1962) by Nanni Loy, for which she won the silver Ribbon, “Kaos” (1984) by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and “Il giudice ragazzino” (1994) by Alessandro Di Robilant. During her career she also on TV in series such as ‘I grandi camaleonti’ by Edmo Fenoglio (1964) and ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (1977) by Franco Zeffirelli. In 1996 she was awarded the title of Grand Officer of the Republic for artistic merit. Bianchi appeared in one Euro-western “Blood Red Rose” (1939).

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