Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy 80th Birthday Lea Massari

Anna Maria Massetani was born in Rome, Italy on June 30, 1933. She changed her name to Lea Massari when she was 22, after the death of her fiancé Leo. She studied architecture in Switzerland.
Massari become known in the world of cinema for two roles, the missing girl Anna in Michelangelo Antonioni's “L'avventura” (1960), and as Clara, the mother of a sexually precocious 14 year old boy named Laurent (Benoît Ferreux) in Louis Malle's “Murmur of the Heart” (1971). But for Spaghetti western fans she’ll always be remembered for her appearance in her only Euro-western as Aloma in “I Want Him Dead” staring Craig Hill.
She worked both in Italian and French Cinema and her career includes Sergio Leone's debut “The Colossus of Rhodes” (1961) and international commercial films such as “The Things of Life” (1970).
After appearing in Francesco Rosi's “Christ Stopped at Eboli” she won the Nastro d'Argento Best supporting Actress award.
Today we celebrate Lea Massari’s 80th birthday.

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