|Died||18 August 1942 54) (aged|
|Resting place||St. Michael's Cemetery|
Ottiano established herself as a stage actress in Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1924 and appearing in American motion pictures. She appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd (1924), the Mae West play Diamond Lil (1928), and the play version of Grand Hotel (1930).
Ottiano was part of the original 1928 Broadway cast of the hit play Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West. She reprised her role as Rita when the play was adapted for the movie She Done Him Wrong (1933), directed by Lowell Sherman.
Throughout the 1930s, she often specialized in roles as sinister, malevolent, or spiteful women, such as her role in the Tod Browning-directed horror film The Devil-Doll (1936), opposite Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Other notable film roles for Ottiano include Lena in As You Desire Me (1932) with Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Erich von Stroheim, Owen Moore, and Hedda Hopper, Mrs. Higgins in the Shirley Temple musical-comedy Curly Top (1935), as a matron in the crime-drama Riffraff (1936), starring Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy, and as Suzette, Greta Garbo's devoted maid in the Edmund Goulding-directed drama Grand Hotel (1932).
When Grand Hotel was turned into a Broadway Musical in 1989, her character was renamed Rafaela Ottiano in honor of the actress, who had appeared on Broadway in 1930, in the original play version of the Vicki Baum novel, and in the subsequent movie adaptation.
Ottiano's last film was the musical comedy I Married an Angel (1942), starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. During her career in film, she appeared in approximately 45 motion pictures, opposite such actors as Barbara Stanwyck, Conrad Nagel, Peter Lorre, Zasu Pitts, and Katharine Hepburn.
Ottiano lived in the Times Square area during the Prohibition Era and never married. She died in 1942, in the Boston home of her late parents, of intestinal cancer at the age of 54. She is buried at St. Michael's Cemetery in the Roslindale section of Boston, Massachusetts.
- The Law and the Lady (1924) - Ma Sims
- Married ? (1926) - Maid
- Grand Hotel (1932) - Suzette
- Night Court (1932) - Evil Tongued Neighbor (uncredited)
- As You Desire Me (1932) - Lena
- The Washington Masquerade (1932) - Mona
- She Done Him Wrong (1933) - Russian Rita
- Bondage (1933) - Miss Trigge
- Ann Vickers (1933) - Mrs. Feldermans
- Female (1933) - Della - Alison's Maid (uncredited)
- Mandalay (1934) - Madame Lacalles
- All Men Are Enemies (1934) - Filomena
- The Last Gentleman (1934) - Retta Barr
- A Lost Lady (1934) - Rosa
- Great Expectations (1934) - Mrs. Joe
- Enchanted April (1935) - Francesca
- Lottery Lover (1935) - Gaby's Maid
- The Florentine Dagger (1935) - Lili Salvatore
- One Frightened Night (1935) - Elvira
- Curly Top (1935) - Mrs. Higgins
- Remember Last Night? (1935) - Mme. Bouclier
- Crime and Punishment (1935) - Landlady (uncredited)
- We're Only Human (1935) - Mrs. William Anderson (uncredited)
- Riffraff (1936) - Matron
- The Devil-Doll (1936) - Malita
- Anthony Adverse (1936) - Signora Buvino
- Mad Holiday (1936) - Ning
- That Girl from Paris (1936) - Nikki's Personal Maid (uncredited)
- Seventh Heaven (1937) - Madame Frisson
- Maytime (1937) - Ellen
- The League of Frightened Men (1937) - Dora Chapin
- The Toy Wife (1938) - Felicianne (uncredited)
- Marie Antoinette (1938) - Louise - Marie's Maid (uncredited)
- I'll Give a Million (1938) - Proprietress
- Suez (1938) - Maria De Teba
- Paris Honeymoon (1939) - Fluschotska
- Vigil in the Night (1940) - Mrs. Henrietta Sullivan (uncredited)
- The Long Voyage Home (1940) - Bella
- A Little Bit of Heaven (1940) - Mme. Lupinsky
- Victory (1940) - Madame Makanoff
- Topper Returns (1941) - Lillian - the Housekeeper
- The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942) - Marie Sylva
- I Married an Angel (1942) - Madelon (uncredited) (final film role)
- "MSN Movies". Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
- "Rafaela Ottiano: The Venetian who Played the Villainess" Archived 10 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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