Olga Villi

Olga Villi (20 January 1922 12 August 1989), was an Italian model and actress.

Olga Villi
Olga Villani

(1922-01-20)20 January 1922
Died12 August 1989(1989-08-12) (aged 67)

Life and career

Born in Suzzara, Mantua as Olga Villani, Villi began to work, only twelve years old, as a saleswoman and seamstress at the Milanese fashion house Biki.[1]

A few years later her employer hired her as a model, a profession in which she was almost immediately appreciated by the audience; noted by Macario, she was hired by him in 1942 for the rivista-operetta Il grillo al castello, where she had to act, sing and dance.[1] Thanks to the success of the show Villi became one of the most quoted soubrettes of the period, working with Anna Magnani, Nino Taranto and Alberto Sordi, and in mid-1940s she also starred in several drama plays, working among others with Luchino Visconti, Alessandro Blasetti and Giorgio Strehler.[1][2]

Also active in films and on television, in 1967 Villi won a Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Pietro Germi's The Birds, the Bees and the Italians.[3] After having announced her retirement in 1972, she came back on stage in 1984.[2]

She was married to the nobleman Raimondo Lanza di Trabia until his suicide in 1954.[1][4] Villi died after a long illness in Rapallo, where she lived for about thirty years.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 36–37. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. "Due protagonisti dello spettacolo". La Repubblica. 15 August 1989. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. pp. 233, 249. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  4. Tano Gullo (3 January 2007). "Lanza il principe irrequieto". La Repubblica. Retrieved 6 December 2013.

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