Inez Palange

Inez Palange (June 13, 1889 - October 16, 1962), also written as Ines Palange, was an Italian-born American actress who was best known for her role as Mrs. Camonte in the 1932 film Scarface.[1]

Inez Palange
Antonietta Parillo

(1889-06-13)June 13, 1889
DiedOctober 16, 1962(1962-10-16) (aged 73)
Other namesInes Palange
Years active1930–1958


She was born in Roccasicura, Italy on June 13, 1889. Prior to her film career she was part of Les Iris Palange, a comedy and singing duo with Alberto Palange. At least two of their recordings on Victor records from 1917 are part of the Library of Congress catalogue (and posted to YouTube). They performed in Italian. A bit about her experience as an immigrant along with others is noted in a book on Italian immigrants.

Palange performed in the first Italian language dialogue film, Sei tu l'amore?, released in 1930.[2]

Palange played the mother of a gangster in Scarface (1932). Her dialogue with the character of her American-born daughter in which she warns against her son's character has been described as portraying two conflicting character traits, her Old World wisdom in seeing through her son's facade but expressed in halting, non-standard English, underlining her status in the New World as an unassimilated and uneducated immigrant, signifying her inability to relate her insights to her daughter.[3]

Palange had a variety of supporting, minor, and bit roles in various Hollywood films. She died October 16, 1962 in Los Angeles, California.

Selected filmography


  1. John White; Sabine Haenni (13 March 2009). Fifty Key American Films. Routledge. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-135-97932-4.
  2. Mordaunt Hall (November 18, 1930). "THE SCREEN; An Italian Dialogue Film". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  3. Carla Mereu (2016). "Italians in Films". In Luc van Doorslaer (ed.). Interconnecting Translation Studies and Imagology. John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 132–133. ISBN 9789027267719.
  4. The Film Daily Product Guide and Director's Annual. Film Daily. 1937. pp. 465–.
  5. "Winner Takes All". The Film Daily. 75 (70). April 12, 1939. Retrieved 2018-01-22. Inez Palange does a good bit as the wife of Armetta, trying to keep him from spending their hard earned savings on wild betting.
  6. Francis M. Nevins; Gary D. Keller (2008). The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-931010-49-8.
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