Elvira Cortese was bon in Rome, Italy on August 13, 1910. She was the daughter of the Neapolitan impresario and journalist Luca Cortese and Donna Beatrice Arena, she was the sister of the actor and director Leonardo Cortese, one of the most popular actors of the 1940s.
Elvira was an actress of cinema, theater and television. She appeared in the film “Via Margutta” (1960), directed by Mario Camerini, Cortese draws a tasty portrait of a rich buttery and amused German tourist, grappling with the attentions of young painters / Latin-lover who in the famous street of the artists they live their bohème. In 1962 she starred in the film “La cuccagna” directed by Luciano Salce, starring Luigi Tenco and newcomer Donatella Turri, while in 1970 she was alongside Ugo Tognazzi and Maurice Ronet in “Splendori e miserie di Madame Royale” directed by Vittorio Caprioli.
Elvira Cortese's work in cinema and TV alternates with punctual annual commitments on the stage with the most important permanent theaters and major theater companies, with which she performs long tours in Italy and abroad; such as the Russian tour of “La lupa” starring Anna Magnani, directed by Franco Zefferelli, and seasons with the Teatro Stabile of Bolzano in several productions.
CORTESE, Elvira [8/13/1910, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 10/20/1982, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV actress, sister of actor Leonardo Cortese [1916-1984].
Garter Colt – 1967 (Elvira)
The Grand Duel – 1972 (Madame Oro)