Milly (actress)

Carla Mignone, known by her stage name Milly (Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy 26 February 1905 - Nepi, Viterbo, Italy 22 September 1980) was an Italian singer, actress and cabaret performer.


Her father abandoned her family in 1910 and was brought up by her mother. She was the sister of Italian comedian Totò Mignone, with whom, along with her sister Mity, she performed as a child. As a teenager she worked at the Teatro Fiandra where she debuted as a singer in 1925. During this time Prince Umberto di Savoia fell in love with her.[1] Her sister Mity married Mario Mattòli.

She moved to the U.S. before World War II but returned to Italy after the war's end. She performed in the Threepenny Opera at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan directed by Giorgio Strehler. She recorded many albums in a variety of languages, and appeared in numerous films, mostly Italian, but also including The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), as well as the Mario Bava cult horror classic I tre volti della paura (in the U.S. Black Sabbath; 1963), with Boris Karloff.[2]

Selected filmography

In The Girl from Scotland Yard she sang the song We haven't a moment to lose.


33 RPM 1964: Stramilano (Jolly, LPJ 5036)

  • 1965: Il palcoscenico di Milly (Jaguar, SJGR 74004)
  • 1966: Cabaret italiano fra due guerre 1917-1943 (la voce del padrone, QELP 8118)
  • 1969: Canzoni e personaggi del cabaret di oggi (Joker, SM 3210)
  • 1972: D'amore e di libertà (PDU, PLD A 5038/9) Album doppio
  • 1974: Tante storie d'amore e di follia (Ariston Records, Ar 12141)
  • 1975: Gogliardia anni trenta (Ariston Records, Ar 12307; con Carlo Pierangeli)
  • 1980: Addio Tabarin... (Ri-Fi, RPO 72025)

45 RPM

  • 1965: Passa la ronda/Scettico blues (La Voce del Padrone, mq 1952)
  • 1965: Donna e giornale/La signora di trent'anni fa (La Voce del Padrone, mq 1953)
  • 1975: Scarpe nuove/Giovedì speciale (Ariston Records, AR 00661)


  • 1964: Cabaret all'italiana (I dischi del sole, DS 27)
  • 1965: Milly 1 (I dischi del sole, DS 48)


  • 1997: La leggenda di Milly (RTI Music)


Eduardo Paola "Milly. La vita e la carriera di Carla Mignone". Albatros 2015.


  1. "Umberto di Savoia & Milly" (in Italian). Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. "Carla Mignone". Retrieved 8 June 2014.
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