Alba Arnova

Alba Arnova (15 March 1930 – 11 March 2018)[1] was an Italian-Argentine ballerina[2] and film actress.[3]

Alba Arnova
Alba Arnova (1955)
Alba Fossati

(1930-03-15)15 March 1930
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died11 March 2018(2018-03-11) (aged 87)
Rome, Italy
Film actress
Spouse(s)Gianni Ferrio

Life and career

Born in Buenos Aires as Alba Fossati, daughter of two Italian emigrants, Arnova studied piano at the Conservatory and enrolled in the university at the medical faculty.[4] She became the principal classical dancer of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and changed her surname first to Ars Nova and then to Arnova.[5] She left Argentina in 1948, for a six months stage tour, and eventually remained in Rome, where she worked first in theater as a classical dancer and as a revue and avanspettacolo soubrette. She began acting in films in 1949, though usually in minor roles.[5]

In 1956 Arnova created a controversy when she appeared on the RAI television variety show La piazzetta wearing a tight leotard that made her appear semi-nude because of the lighting effects and the black-and-white system. The show was suspended and she was subsequently fired and banned from Italian television. She subsequently chose to leave showbusiness.[6]

Arnova was married to composer and conductor Gianni Ferrio.



  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Alba Arnova Makes North American Debut". Los Angeles Times. 2 December 1948. Drama section, p. B7.
  3. "Screen: 'La Gioconda'; Italian Import Is on View at Cameo". The New York Times. 13 October 1958. p. 33.
  4. Miriam Mafai, Natalia Aspesi. Le Donne italiane: il chi è del '900. Rizzoli, 1993. ISBN 881784229X.
  5. Lello Garinei, Marco Giovannini. Garinei e Giovannini presentano: quarant'anni di teatro musicale all'italiana. Rizzoli, 1985.
  6. Aldo Grasso, Massimo Scaglioni, Enciclopedia della Televisione, Garzanti, Milano, 1996 – 2003. ISBN 881150466X.

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