Barbara De Rossi

Barbara De Rossi (born 9 August 1960) is an Italian actress who has combined a career in international cinema with longstanding popularity in Italian television.

Barbara De Rossi
Born (1960-08-09) 9 August 1960


Barbara De Rossi was born in 1960 in Rome to an Italian wine importer and his German wife. She spent many of her early years in Rimini.[1]

At the age of 15, De Rossi was spotted by director Alberto Lattuada in a beauty contest. Her film debut was in Lattuada's Stay As You Are (1978), alongside Marcello Mastroianni and Nastasia Kinski. She went on to play Virna Lisi's screen daughter in La Cicala (The Cricket) in 1980, again directed by Lattuada. In 1983, she played Bradamante, the famous female warrior, in Hearts and Armour directed by Giacomo Battiato. By the mid-1980s, she was gaining English-speaking roles [2] such as the beautiful Greek slave girl Eunice in the TV miniseries Quo Vadis? and Claretta Petacci, Mussolini's mistress in the docudrama Mussolini and I alongside the actors Anthony Hopkins (Count Galeazzo Ciano) and Bob Hoskins (Mussolini). [3] In 1990 she played Nys, a Montmartre prostitute, in Claude Chabrol's French-language film Quiet Days in Clichy, a dramatisation of Henry Miller's semiautobiographical novel based on his time in Paris. She has worked in film, theatre, and television since her debut, such as starring alongside Ray Lovelock in Raiuno's TV film Marco e Giulia – Inviati Speciali (Mark and Julia, Special Envoys).[4]

In 1994, De Rossi shared the David di Donatello for Best Actress award with Asia Argento and Chiara Caselli for her part in the comic film Sentimental Maniacs. De Rossi has served as a judge on the junior talent show Ti lascio una canzone broadcast on Rai Uno since 2008.

Personal life

In 1988, De Rossi married Andrea Busiri Vici, scion of a famous architectural dynasty. They were divorced in 1990.[1] De Rossi's second husband is the dancer Branislav Tesanovic with whom she has a daughter.[2]

Public life

De Rossi is honorary president of "I Diritti Civili nel 2000", a civil-rights organization representing the interests of women and children.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1978Stay As You AreIlaria Marengo
1980The CricketSaveria, la figlia di Wilma
1983Son contentoBradamante
1983Hearts and ArmourBradamante
1984La piovraContessa Raffaella 'Titti' Pecci Scialoia6 episodes
1985Quo Vadis?Eunice6 episodes
1985Mamma EbeLaura Bonetti
1985Mussolini and IClaretta Petacci4 episodes
1985Juke box
1986Blood TiesLouisa MasseriaTV movie
1987Frankenstein's AuntKlara7 episodes
1987Sweets from a StrangerLena
1987Pehavý Max a strasidláKlára
1987Grosso guaio a CartagenaVanessa Valverde
1987Vado a riprendermi il gatto
1988Vampire in VeniceHelietta Canins
1988Angela come teAngela
1989L'orchestre rougeGeorgie
1990Quiet Days in ClichyNys
1990Nel giardino delle roseSonia
1992Il giardino dei ciliegiVania
1994Sentimental ManiacsMara
1995Vörös ColibriAnna
1998A Bedfull of ForeignersUrsula Dieterman
2003Babiy YarNatalya Lerner
2003Il pranzo della domenicaBarbara Proietti
2007Matrimonio alle BahamasMaga
2013Universitari - Molto più che amiciAngela Mastropasqua
2014Con tutto l'amore che hoLisa's mother
2016Tutto può accadere nel villaggio dei miracoliDottoressa Anselmi
2016Il CriminologoGrazia Deledda


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