Adriana Benetti

Adriana Benetti (12 December 1919 – 24 February 2016) was an Italian actress.[1]

Adriana Benetti
Born(1919-12-19)19 December 1919
Ferrara, Italy
Died24 February 2016(2016-02-24) (aged 96)
Years active1941–1957


Born in Quacchio, a town east of Ferrara, Benetti graduated from the Istituto Magistrale and then landed in Rome, where she was accepted at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. While there, she was discovered by Vittorio De Sica and subsequently made her debut at age 22 in his 1941 film Teresa Venerdì as the title character.

In 1942, she appeared in director Alessandro Blasetti's celebrated Quattro passi fra le nuvole, where she supported Gino Cervi in Luigi Zampa's C'è sempre un ma!, and Avanti c'è posto..., alongside Andrea Checchi and Aldo Fabrizi. In 1943, she played in Mario Soldati's Quartieri alti with Massimo Serato and Vittorio Sanipoli and in Marc Allégret's Les Petites du quai aux fleurs with Bernard Blier and Gérard Philipe.

In 1945, she appeared in two musicals, Torna a Sorrento with Gino Bechi and O sole mio with opera singer Tito Gobbi. In 1946, she appeared with Fosco Giachetti in Il sole di Montecassino and with Eduardo and Titina De Filippo in Uno tra la folla.

In 1947, she appeared in Goffredo Alessandrini's Furia, alongside Rossano Brazzi, in Giorgio Ferroni's Tombolo, paradiso nero with Lucio De Caro and in Manù il contrabbandiere with André Cayatte. That same year, she scandalized Italy by posing in a bikini for the weekly newspaper Tempo illustrato.[2] In 1950, she acted with Totò in 47 morto che parla.

She specialised in ingénue roles and was known as "fidanzatina d'Italia" (Italy's little fiancée), a term coined for her by Assia Noris. Because of this, as she aged, her film appearances became less frequent. She played a teacher in 1955's Eighteen Year Olds (a remake of Schoolgirl Diary) and an older woman in 1957's A vent'anni è sempre festa, after which she retired from cinema.



  1. Lancia, Enrico; Roberto Poppi (2003). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore. p. 29. ISBN 978-88-8440-214-1.
  • Chiti, Roberto (1999). Le attrici. Dizionario del cinema italiano (in Italian). Roma: Gremese editore. ISBN 88-7742-342-0. OCLC 468515508.
  • Savio, Francesco (1975). Ma l'amore no : realismo, formalismo, propaganda e telefoni bianchi nel cinema italiano di regime (1930-1943) (in Italian). Milano: Sonzogno. OCLC 2411187.
  • Gianni Rondolino; Ornella Levi (1977). Catalogo Bolaffi del cinema italiano / 1, 1945-1965 (in Italian). Torino: G. Bolaffi. OCLC 490929116.
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