Rossella Falk

Rossella Falk (10 November 1926 – 5 May 2013) was an Italian actress. She had a long career and possibly best known for appearing in by Federico Fellini in 1964.

Rossella Falk
Rossella Falk in 1957
Rosa Antonia Falzacappa

(1926-11-10)10 November 1926
Died5 May 2013(2013-05-05) (aged 86)
Rome, Italy
Years active1948–2004
Height5' 9¼" (1.76 m)
Spouse(s)Nicola Tufari (?–1966) (his death)
Gualtiero Giori (1976–1980) (divorced)

Life and career

Born in Rome as Rosa Antonia Falzacappa, Falk graduated from the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica in May 1948, a few months after having received the best new actress award at the World Youth Festival in Prague.[1] In a few years she established herself as one of the more talented and requested Italian stage actress.[1] In 1951 she started a long collaboration with the director Luchino Visconti with the role of Stella in an adaptation of the play A Streetcar Named Desire.[1]

In 1954, after having worked at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, directed by Giorgio Strehler in La mascherata, Falk started, together with Giorgio De Lullo, Anna Maria Guarnieri, Romolo Valli and Umberto Orsini, the stage company "La compagnia dei giovani" with whom she achieved national and international success.[1] Leaving the company in the 1970s, she continued her stage career working among others with Franco Zeffirelli, Gabriele Lavia, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi.[1]

Less active in cinema, she is probably best known for her role in Federico Fellini's , Falk was also active in television series and radio plays.[1] Her last work was the 2009 stage play Est Ovest, in which she was directed by Cristina Comencini.[2]



  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. Rita Sala (6 May 2013). "Rossella Falk, ultima diva: "La Greta Garbo italiana"". Il Messaggero. Retrieved 12 May 2013.

Further reading

  • Fabio Poggiali, Rossella Falk: la regina del teatro, Bulzoni editore, 2002. ISBN 8883197143.
  • Enrico Groppali, Rossella Falk: l'ultima diva, Mondadori, 2006. ISBN 8804558385.
  • Elsa Bartolini, Rossella Falk. La «regina», Pontari, 2011. ISBN 8886046553.

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