Mara Berni

Mara Berni (born 12 June 1932) is an Italian former stage, television and film actress.

Mara Berni
Mara Berni as Arnalda Bazzini in It Happened at the Police Station (1954)
Mara Bernasconi

(1932-06-12) 12 June 1932
Brunate, Como, Italy

Life and career

Born in Brunate, Como as Mara Bernasconi, Berni debuted on stage as a child actress with the "Compagnia dei Piccoli" directed by Wanda Petrini.[1] After studying piano and completing her studies, she enrolled the drama workshop held in Milan by actress Teresa Franchini.[1] Berni then made her television debut as a presenter and got her first film role in 1952, playing a dancer in La tratta delle bianche.[1] Her breakout came with Amore in città, in which she played the segment directed by Alberto Lattuada, then she got a personal critical success with the role of Bianca Maria in the Giorgio Bianchi's commedia all'italiana Buonanotte... avvocato!.[1] Soon dissatisfied with cinema, which offered her roles related to her physical attractiveness rather than her acting skills, Berni during the years focused her career on television, in which she starred in a number of successful dramas and series, and on stage.[1][2] She retired from showbusiness in the late 1980s, when she married a businessman of Pakistani origin.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 36–37. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. Marco Guggiari (17 July 2012). "Mara Berni - Una stella comasca del cinema". Corriere di Como. Retrieved 1 May 2014.

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