Wednesday, May 11, 2016

RIP Elisa Mainardi

Italian actress Elisa Mainardi died in Rome on May 8th. Born in Rome on July 27, 1930, Mainardi studied at the acting school of Peter Sharoff, and debuted on stage in 1956, in Ottavio Spadaro's “Corruzione a palazzo di giustizia”, alongside Salvo Randone, immediately receiving critical acclaim for her performance. Shortly thereafter she became the lead actress in “Il sorriso della Gioconda directed by Ernesto Grassi and in “La penna” directed by Lucio Chiavarelli, and in Luciano Salce's “Colombe di Anouilh”. Her stage works include main roles in works directed by Luchino Visconti, Giorgio De Lullo, Silverio Blasi and Alessandro Fersen. Mainardi was also active on television and in films, in which she worked several times with Federico Fellini. Her only Euro-western appearance was as Nancy in “The Relentless Four” (1965) starring Adam West.

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