Marina Malfatti

Marina Malfatti (25 April 1933 – 8 June 2016) was an Italian actress.

Marina Malfatti
Malfatti in All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
Born(1933-04-25)25 April 1933
Florence, Italy
Died8 June 2016(2016-06-08) (aged 83)[1]
Rome, Italy
Spouse(s)Umberto La Rocca


Born in Florence, Malfatti moved to Paris at the age of 17 where she attended the Cours d'Art Dramatique, the drama school founded by René Simon.[2] Two years later, after returning to Italy, she obtained a scholarship for the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and started appearing in films and on stage in some small roles.[2][3]

Her theater career was launched by Arnoldo Foà who chose her as his co-star in the play Two for the Seesaw by William Gibson.[2] Hence Malfatti's stage career alternated comedic and dramatic roles.[2]

During the 1970s, Malfatti was an icon of Italian horror films, especially of demonic background. In the 1980s, her career focused on theatre, and in 1986 Alberto Moravia wrote specifically for her the drama La cintura. In 1990 she began a critically acclaimed collaboration with stage director Luigi Squarzina.[4]

Malfatti was married to the diplomat Umberto La Rocca.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Anna Bandettini (8 June 2016). "Addio a Marina Malfatti, una vita per il teatro. Fu la marchesina di 'Malombra'". La Repubblica. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. Felice Cappa; Piero Gelli; Marco Mattarozzi. Dizionario Dello Spettacolo Del '900. Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 1998. ISBN 8880892959.
  3. Enrico Lancia. Le attrici: dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  4. Redazione (8 June 2016). "Lutto nel teatro, è morta Marina Malfatti". La Nazione. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
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