Rubi Dalma

Rubi Dalma (24 April 1906 - 7 August 1994) was an Italian actress.

Rubi Dalma
Giusta Manca di Villahermosa

(1906-04-24)24 April 1906
Died7 August 1994(1994-08-07) (aged 88)

Life and career

Born Giusta Manca di Villahermosa in Milan, she belonged to an aristocratic family from the Sardinian town of Sassari.[1][2] After a bit part in the Camillo Mastrocinque's film Regina della Scala, in which she basically played herself, Manca di Villahermosa decided to start a career as an actress and she adopted the stage name Rubi Dalma (sometimes spelled as Rubi D'Alma or Ruby Dalma).[1] Her breakout role was as the aristocrat donna Paola unsuccessfully courted by Vittorio De Sica in Mario Camerini's Il signor Max.[1][2] From then Dalma started a successful career, even if often limited to stereotyped roles of cold, sophisticated and sometimes snobbish noblewomen.[1] After the war she mainly appeared in character roles and, gradually, moved away from the cinema industry.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano, Volume 2: Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. Pietro Picciau. Il moderno era Hollywood. Turistel, 2006. ISBN 8890230916.

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