Lina Marengo

Lina Marengo (19 January 1911 – 6 February 1987)[1] was an Italian character actress. She played in over 30 films, and was most active between 1938 and 1943.

Lina Marengo
Lina Marengo in Non ti pago! (1942)
Born(1911-01-19)19 January 1911
Rome, Italy
Died6 February 1987(1987-02-06) (aged 76)
Rome, Italy
OccupationCharacter actress
Years active1935 - 1953


Marengo was born in Rome[1] and her film debut was in Casta Diva (1935), directed by Carmine Gallone.[2]

Characterized by a slightly hoarse voice, she was mainly active in humorous roles, and was often typecast as a spinster or a gossiping woman.[1] She played Serafina in Domani è troppo tardi (1950), directed by Léonide Moguy, and starring Vittorio De Sica, Lois Maxwell, Gabrielle Dorziat, and Pier Angeli. The film won Best Italian Film at the Venice Film Festival.[3] She was in four films directed by De Sica, including Teresa Venerdì (1941). Her final film was La passeggiata, directed by Renato Rascel, and starring Renato Rascel, Valentina Cortese, and Paolo Stoppa.

Marengo was also active in theater, though in supporting roles.[1]

She died in Rome.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. Lancia, Enrico; Poppi, Roberto (2003). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Le attrici. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 9788884402141. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  2. "Casta diva". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  3. Mario Gromo (11 September 1950). "Sullo schermo del Lido". La Stampa.
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