Giulia Anna (Giulietta) Masina (February 22, 1921 – March 23, 1994) was a famous Italian film actress who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
She starred in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, the 1956 and 1957 winners, respectively, of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She was the wife of the Italian film director Federico Fellini.
She was born in San Giorgio di Piano. Her parents were Gaetano Masina, a violinist, and Anna Flavia Pasqualin, a schoolteacher. She had three elder siblings: Eugenia, and the twins Mario and Maria. Masina initially studied literature, but later turned to acting; while attending university in Rome, she joined a drama ensemble and later signed on with the Ateneo Theatre Group.
By 1943 Masina was gaining notice as a radio actress, and had been cast as Pallina in Cico e Pallina, a radio serial about a young married couple, written by Fellini. Soon afterwards, on October 30, 1943, she and Fellini were married. Several months after their marriage, Masina fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a miscarriage. Then, on March 22, 1945, her son Pierfederico (nicknamed Federichino) was born. He died just a month later on April 24.
Masina's first screen credit was the 1948 film Without Pity, opposite John Kitzmiller. She accumulated roles in a number of films, and in 1957 she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of the title role in Nights of Cabiria, as a prostitute who endures life's tragedies with innocence and resilience.
She died from cancer on March 23, 1994, at the age of seventy-three. Fellini had died just five months earlier, on October 31, 1993. They are buried together at Rimini cemetery; their tomb is marked by a prow-shaped monument, the work of sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
She is a four time winner of the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon (twice for Best Actress and twice for Best Supporting Actress). She was twice nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actress.
Without Pity (1948)
Behind Closed Shutters (1950)
Variety Lights (1950)
The Shameless Sex (1952)
The White Sheik (1952)
Europa '51 (1952)
La strada (1954)
Il bidone (The Swindlers, 1955)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
The Feather Fairy (1985)
Ginger and Fred (1986)
A Day to Remember (1991)
Giulietta Masina at the Internet Movie Database
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