Elisa Mainardi

Elisa Mainardi (27 July 1930 – 8 May 2016)[1] was an Italian stage, film, and television actress.

Elisa Mainardi
Born(1930-07-27)27 July 1930
Rome, Italy
Died8 May 2016(2016-05-08) (aged 85)
Rome, Italy
Years active1953-1994

Life and career

Born in Rome, Mainardi studied at the acting school of Peter Sharoff, and debuted on stage in 1956, in Ottavio Spadaro's Corruzione a palazzo di giustizia alongside Salvo Randone, immediately receiving critical acclaim for her performance.[2] Shortly later she became lead actress in Il sorriso della Gioconda directed by Ernesto Grassi and in La penna directed by Lucio Chiavarelli, and the absolute protagonist in Luciano Salce's Colombe di Anouilh.[2] Her stage works include main roles in works directed by Luchino Visconti, Giorgio De Lullo, Silverio Blasi and Alessandro Fersen.[2] Mainardi was also active on television and in films, in which she worked several times with Federico Fellini.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. La Repubblica. "L'addio solitario di Elisa Mainardi, l'attrice che recitò con Fellini e Verdone". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
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