Franca Faldini (10 February 1931 – 22 July 2016) was an Italian writer, journalist and actress.
Faldini (right) with Totò
|Born||10 February 1931|
|Died||22 July 2016 85) (aged|
|Occupation||Actress, journalist, writer|
Life and career
Born in Rome into a middle-class Jewish family, Faldini was forced to flee to Tuscany because of the Fascist racial laws. After the war, she was noticed by Ben Stahl, who pictured her in a painting called "Moment at Villa D'Este" for the magazine Esquire. She later moved to Hollywood, where she won a beauty contest for aspiring actresses called "Miss Cheesecake", and made her film debut in Sailor Beware.
Returning to Italy, where she was initially billed as "The Italian who comes from Hollywood", Faldini started a relationship with the popular comedian Totò, also appearing in several of his films. In 1954, they had a son, Massenzio, who died a few weeks after his birth. Totò dedicated a song to her, "Principessa".
In 1955, dissatisfied with her roles, Faldini eventually retired from acting, making occasional returns in 1957, when she replaced on stage the injured main actress Franca Maj in a revue alongside Totò, and in 1998, appearing in Incontri proibiti, the last film by Alberto Sordi. Faldini eventually started a career as a journalist and writer, co-writing with Goffredo Fofi a history of Italian cinema, L’Avventurosa storia del cinema italiano, and writing several books about Totò.
|1952||Sailor Beware||Bit Role||Uncredited|
|1952||Toto and the Women||La signora dell'appuntamento|
|1953||Man, Beast and Virtue||Mariannina|
|1953||Funniest Show on Earth||Yvonne, la soubrette|
|1954||Where Is Freedom?||Maria|
|1954||Poverty and Nobility||Nadia|
|1955||Toto in Hell||Maria|
|1955||Are We Men or Corporals?|
|1998||Incontri proibiti||Alessandra Andreoli||(final film role)|
- Fabio Ferzetti (22 July 2016). "Addio Franca Faldini, compagna di Totò e scrittrice, antidiva eccentrica e preziosa, oggi i funerali". Il Messaggero. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
- Enrico Lancia. "Faldini, Franca". Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
- Alessandro Chetta (22 July 2016). "È morta Franca Faldini, ultima compagna di Totò". Corriere del Mezzogiorno. Retrieved 21 August 2016.