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Virna Lisi

Actress
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Net worth 2018: $1.7 Million
Industry: Actress
Residence:  Jesi, Marche, Italy
BirthDay: 8 November 1936
Died On: 18 December 2014(2014-12-18) (aged 78) Rome, Italy
Height: 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)
Children: Corrado Pesci (born 1962)
BIOGRAPHY

Italian goddess Virna Lisi was merely one of a plethora of European movie beauties who proved over the course of their long careers, that they were capable of more than just visual performances. Born in 1936 as Virna Pieralisi, she began her film career as a teenager in 1953. Cast more for her looks than talent at the onset, her early pictures included La donna del giorno (1957), Les bonnes causes (1963) (aka "Don't Tempt the Devil") and the Italian-made spectacle, Romolo e Remo (1961). The pert and sexy star also made a decorative dent in Hollywood comedy as a tempting blue-eyed blonde starring opposite Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife (1965), and appearing with Tony Curtis in Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966). Confined to the same type of glamour roles here, she returned to Europe within a couple of years but hardly fared better in such mediocre movies as Arabella (1967). In later decades, however, a career renaissance occurred for Virna. She began to be perceived as more than just a tasty dish, giving a wide variety of mature, award-winning performances. It all culminated in the role of a lifetime with the film, La reine Margot (1994), in which she played a marvelously malevolent "Caterina de' Medici" and captured both the César and Cannes Film Festival awards, not to mention the Italian Silver Ribbon award. She has since reigned supreme as a character lead and support player.

TIMELINE
1994

It all culminated in the role of a lifetime with the film, La reine Margot (1994), in which she played a marvelously malevolent "Caterina de' Medici" and captured both the César and Cannes Film Festival awards, not to mention the Italian Silver Ribbon award

1988

The singer's brother is the actor Andrea Prodan, who appeared with her in the movie I ragazzi di via Panisperna (1988)

1968

Was cast in the title role in Barbarella (1968), but she turned it down and returned to Italy

1967

Confined to the same type of glamour roles here, she returned to Europe within a couple of years but hardly fared better in such mediocre movies as Arabella (1967)

1965

When asked by an interviewer in 1965 who she considered to be a great beauty, Brigitte Bardot said that in her opinion Virna Lisi was the most beautiful woman in the world

1962

One child from Franco Pesci: Corrado, born in July 1962

1957

Cast more for her looks than talent at the onset, her early pictures included La donna del giorno (1957), Les bonnes causes (1963) (aka "Don't Tempt the Devil") and the Italian-made spectacle, Romolo e Remo (1961)

1936

Born in 1936 as Virna Pieralisi, she began her film career as a teenager in 1953

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