Saturday, July 20, 2019

RIP Ilaria Occhini

The Italian actress Ilaria Occhini a film, television and theater actress, for over half a century died July 21, 2019. She was married to writer Raffaele La Capria. Born in Florence, Italy on March 28, 1934, she made her acting debut at the age of 19 in the film “Terza Liceo” under the pseudonym of Isabella Redi, before graduating from the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Rome. On television she was directed by Anton Giulio Majano, she had established herself at a very young age in the dramas “L'Alfiere” and “Jane Eyre”. She made her theater debuted in 1957 in the “Impresario delle Smirne” by Carlo Goldoni directed by Luchino Visconti. Occhini obtained her major successes on stage, working several times with Luchino Visconti, then joining the Piccolo Teatro of Naples, where she received large critical appreciation by interpreting classical and contemporary authors. She was also a constant presence of RAI television series, and also starred in many films, but rarely in leading roles. She appeared in only one Euro-western as Edith Wickett in 1966’s “The Tramplers” with Joseph Cotton and Gordon Scott.

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