Nicoletta Machiavelli

Nicoletta Machiavelli (1 August 1944 – 15 November 2015), also known as Nicoletta Rangoni Machiavelli and Nicoletta Macchiavelli, was an Italian film actress.

Nicoletta Machiavelli
Machiavelli in I nostri mariti (1966)
Born(1944-08-01)1 August 1944
Stuffione, Ravarino, Modena, Italy
Died15 November 2015(2015-11-15) (aged 71)
Seattle, Washington
Other names
  • Nicoletta Rangoni Machiavelli
  • Nicoletta Macchiavelli
OccupationActress (until 1983)
Years active1965–1983

Life and career

The daughter of a Florentine father and of an American mother, Machiavelli was a descendant of the philosopher and author Niccolò Machiavelli.[1] She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.[2]

Following an audition for the role of Eva in John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning..., she was noted by the producer Dino De Laurentiis who put her under contract for seven years, a contract she eventually broke after three years.[3]

Her first role was Ugo Tognazzi's wife in A Question of Honour, and following a few comedies, her early career was characterized by genre films, mainly Spaghetti Western, notably Sergio Corbucci's Navajo Joe.[3]

Starting from the late 1960s Machiavelli started appearing in more ambitious art films, working with Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Pietro Germi, Dino Risi, Sergio Citti, Andrzej Żuławski, and Liliana Cavani, among others.[3]

In 1984, Machiavelli became a disciple of Osho and retired from show business.[4] She eventually moved to Seattle, Washington, where among other things she taught Italian at the Bellevue College and at the University of Washington.[2] She died of an undisclosed illness on November 15, 2015, aged 71.[3][5]

Selected filmography


  1. Eugenia Sheppard (31 March 1969). "What's Behind the Gipsy Look". New York Magazine. pp. 31–35. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
    - ""Machiavellian" Has New Meaning". Youngstown Vindicator. 24 June 1969. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. Mike Barnes (20 November 2015). "Nicoletta Machiavelli, Beautiful Star of Spaghetti Westerns, Dies at 71". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. Marco Giusti (18 November 2015). "Addio a Nicoletta Machiavelli, la nobile reginetta degli spaghetti western". Dagospia. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  4. Enrico Franceschini (25 July 1985). "Nel paradiso arancione del guru con la Rolls". La Repubblica. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. Obituary: "Ma Prem Anado",, 17 November 2015; retrieved 19 November 2015.
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