Daniela Rocca

Daniela Rocca (12 September 1937 in Acireale, Italy – 28 May 1995 in Milo, Italy) was an Italian actress, model and writer.

Daniela Rocca
Born(1937-09-12)12 September 1937
Died28 May 1995(1995-05-28) (aged 57)
Years active1955-1970


Rocca was born and raised in Acireale, a small town near Catania. She became Miss Catania in 1953, and was discovered by talent scouts after competing in a Miss Italy competition.

She made her film debut in French director Maurice Cloche's Marchands de Filles (1957) and also appeared in the Riccardo Freda film Caltiki - il mostro immortale (1959), and Esther and the King (1960). More film roles followed, but Rocca did not find fame until Divorzio all'Italiana (1961). Rocca became a star after playing the part of the smothering wife Marcello Mastroianni is desperate to escape in Pietro Germi's international box-office hit. Rocca fell in love with Germi during filming and attempted suicide when he rejected her. After that, she was considered unstable and was not offered significant roles. A nervous breakdown led to a stay in a mental hospital.

After playing minor roles in movies and television, her show business career ended in 1967. She ended her days in a retirement home in Milo, near Catania. There she wrote four books: Agente segreto con licenza di vivere; Avvocato offresi; Il condannato a morte; and Psicoanalisi, sogni, fantasie nascosti nella mente; and a collection of poems, Ara.

Partial filmography

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