Friday, October 18, 2013

Who Are Those Gals? - Regina Bianchi

Régina D’Antigny was born in Lecce, Apulia, Italy on January 1 1921. Her parents were of French origin. She was cast at 16 years of age by Raffaele Viviani first and then by Eduardo De Filippo, thus becoming one of the most popular actresses of the Neapolitan theater. In fact her first appearance in the theater was when she was only 8 days old.
She played in the company that Peppino De Filippo founded after separating from his older brother, and left the scene after 15 years to only return at the end of the fifties after raising her two daughters.
As Régina Bianchi she became a leading actress in important plays of the Edwardian theater, with rich interpretations of great pathos and humanity.
Bianchi also took part in numerous motion pictures, among which were “Il giudizio universal” (1961) by Vittorio De Sica, “Le quattro giornate di Napoli” (1962) by Nanni Loy, for which she won the silver ribbon, “Kaos” (1984) Paolo and Vittorio Taviani “Il giudice ragazzino” (1994) by Alessandro Di Robilant, and in television series such as ‘I grandi camaleonti’ by Edmo Fenoglio in 1964 and Jesus of Nazareth (1977) by Franco Zeffirelli. Her only Euro-western was in “Blood Red Rose” (1939).
In 2009 she was a guest of Laura Lattuada, for a TV interview in the living room of her home overlooking the Roman Villa Ada. In January 2011, she appeared in a long TV interview program called Private Visions. Bianchi died at her home on April 5, 2013 at the age of 92.

BIANCHI, Régina (Régina D’Antigny) [1/1/1921, Lecce, Apulia, Italy – 4/5/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy] - stage, TV actress, awarded Grand Officer of the Republic [1996].
Blood Red Rose - 1939

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