Marisa Merlini was born on August 6, 1923 in Rome, Italy. Merlini was well known for playing the romana verace, or "born-and-bred Roman" characters in over 160 film and TV appearances. Merlini also appeared in several high profile comedic films alongside Italian actor, Totò, as well as the 1960 film “Il Vigile” with actor Alberto Sordi. Additionally, Merlini appeared in a number of films opposite her real life friend, Italian actress Anna Magnani.
Merlini's awards included the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon), a film critics' award in 1957 for portraying a tourist in the 1956 Antonio Racioppi directed film, “Tempo di Villeggiatura”. Marisa appeared in one Euro-western “The Great Silence” (1967) in the part of Regina.
Marisa Merlini died in Rome, Italy, on 27 July 2008, at the age of 83. Director Pupi Avati, who directed Merlini's final 2005 film, La Seconda Notte di Nozze, paid tribute to Merlini saying, "Marisa brought to the set the experience of somebody who had taken part in the golden years of Italian cinema, but she was down-to-earth both in front of and behind the camera...Working with her was an honour and a fantastic experience."
Today we remember Marisa Merlini on what would have been her 90th birthday.