Caterina Boratto

Caterina Boratto (15 March 1915 14 September 2010) was an Italian film actress. She appeared in 50 films between 1936 and 1993.

Caterina Boratto
Boratto in The Peddler and the Lady (1943)
Born(1915-03-15)15 March 1915
Turin, Italy
Died14 September 2010(2010-09-14) (aged 95)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1936–1993
Spouse(s)Armando Ceratto
ChildrenMarina Ceratto and Paolo Ceratto

Life and career

Born in Turin, Boratto studied at the Musical Lyceum in her hometown with the purpose of becoming a singer; noted by Guido Brignone, she made her debut in To Live, alongside Tito Schipa. Thanks to the film's success, she immediately became a star in the Telefoni Bianchi genre, and also got a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which eventually dissolved because of the World War II.[1][2]

In 1943 Boratto lost two brothers, the partisan Renato and the soldier Filiberto, killed in the massacre of the Acqui Division. In 1944, she married a doctor, Armando Ceratto, with whom she had two children. Except for a film in 1951, she basically retired from show business for twenty years before accepting to play two key roles in and Juliet of the Spirits by Federico Fellini, who had known her in the set of The Peddler and the Lady, where he had served as screenwriter. Starting from the second half of the 1960s, Boratto reprised appearing in films with some regularity, and from the late 1970s she also became very active on television, being cast in dozens of TV series.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1937To LivePaola - sua figlia
1938Chi è cchiu' felice 'e me!Rina Carlo
They've Kidnapped a ManLa Granduchessa Sonia
1939The Sons of the Marquis LuceraGiannina
1942Story of a Poor Young ManMargherita
1943Measure for MeasureIsabella
The Peddler and the LadyElsa Bianchini
1951Double CrossClara Vanzetti
1963La signora misteriosa
1965Juliet of the SpiritsGiulietta's mother
1966Me, Me, Me... and the OthersLuigia, Peppino's Sister-in-law
Pardon, Are You For or Against?Agnese Frustalupi
1967Don't Sting the MosquitoMarchioness Filangeri
The Tiger and the PussycatDelia
Stasera mi buttoCountess Eugenia
Pronto... c'è una certa Giuliana per teAunt Amelia
1968Danger: DiabolikLady Clark
1969The Lady of MonzaSister Francesca Imbersaga
Castle KeepRed Queen
1970Una storia d'amoreMarco's Mother
Angeli senza paradisoPrincess Vorokin
1972Hector the MightyEcuba
The House of the DovesVirginia
Lady Caroline Lamb
1973La ragazza fuoristradaSilvia Marino
Story of a Cloistered NunMother of Carmela
1974Summer to RememberThe Princess
1975Footprints on the MoonBoutique Owner
Salò, or the 120 Days of SodomSignora Castelli
1977Per questa notte
1978First LoveLucy
1979The House by the Edge of the LakeKira - witch by the lake
1981Uno contro l'altro, praticamente amiciMamma di Franco Colombo
1982That Night in VarennesMadame Faustine
EhrengardCountess von Gassner
1984ClarettaGiuseppina Petacci
1985Amici miei – Atto IIIAmalia Pecci Bonetti
198832 DecemberCarlotta Tricarico(segment "La gialla farfalla")
Phantom of DeathRobert's Mother
1989The Sleazy UnclePassante che aiuta Luca
1992Once Upon a CrimeMadame de Senneville

Further reading

  • Paolo Ceratto; Franco Prono. Caterina Boratto: Una regalità completa. Daniela Piazza Editore, 2014. ISBN 9788898623280.
  • Marina Ceratto. Caterina Boratto, la donna che visse tre volte. Edizioni Sabinae, 2016. ISBN 9788898623280.


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. "Boratto, Caterina". Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 43–4. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. Massimo Novelli (16 September 2010). "Addio all'algida Caterina diva dei Telefoni Bianchi". La Repubblica. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
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