Irene Genna

Irene Genna (4 January 1931 – 6 February 1986) was a Greek-born Italian film and television actress.

Irene Genna
Born(1931-01-04)4 January 1931
Died6 February 1986(1986-02-06) (aged 55)

Life and career

Born in Athens by an Italian father and a Greek mother, Genna made her high school studies in Greece, then she moved to Italy with her family.[1] In Rome she enrolled at the school of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and she followed the acting courses held by actress Teresa Franchini.[1]

Genna debuted at a very young age in Mario Mattoli's The Two Orphans.[1] She had her breakout in 1949, with Renato Castellani's neorealist post-war drama It's Forever Springtime, in which she also had her first major role.[1] In spite of the critical appreciation she received, Genna's career mainly continued in less ambitious productions, including several RAI TV-series.[1] In 1957 Genna married Amedeo Nazzari with whom she had a daughter, Evelina, also an actress, and she retired from showbusinnes.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. Giuseppe Gubitosi. Amedeo Nazzari. Il mulino, 1998. ISBN 8815067140.
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