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Giulietta Masina

Giulietta Masina

Giulietta Masina was an Italian film actress, and the wife of film director Federico Fellini.

Born in San Giorgio di Piano, her parents were Gaetano Masina, a violinist, and Anna Flavia Pasqualin, a schoolteacher. She had three elder siblings: Eugenia, and the twins Mario and Maria. Masina initially studied literature, but later turned to acting; while attending university in Rome, she joined a drama ensemble and later signed on with the Ateneo Theatre Group.

By 1943 Masina was gaining notice as a radio actress, and had been cast as Pallina in Cico e Pallina, a radio serial about a young married couple, written by Fellini. Soon afterwards, on October 30, 1943, she and Fellini were married. Several months after their marriage, Masina fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a miscarriage. Then, on March 222 1945, Pierfederico (nicknamed Federichino) was born but died just a month later on April 24.

Masina's first screen credit was the 1948 film Without Pity, opposite John Kitzmiller. She went on landing roles in a number of films, and in 1957 she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of the title role in Nights of Cabiria — a prostitute who endures life's tragedies with innocence and resilience.

Her death from cancer, at the age of seventy-three, occurred just months after her husband's death. They are buried together at Rimini cemetery; the Fellini's tomb is marked by a sail-shaped monument, the work of sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Giulietta Masina Facts

Birth NameGiulia Anna Masina
BirthdayFebruary 22, 1921
BirthplaceGiorgio di Piano, Italy
Date of deathMarch 23, 1994 (age 73)

Selected Filmography

Nights of Cabiria
Essential Art House, Volume II
Juliet of the Spirits
The Madwoman Of Chaillot
Il Bidone
Ginger and Fred
Le Notti di Cabiria
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