Virna Lisi (1936–2014)


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Stunning Italian actress Virna Lisi, a brief but lovely Hollywood import in the 1960's, 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 Virna Lisa Pieralisi on November 8, 1936, she began her film career as a 17-year-old teen... See full bio »

Died:

(age 78) in Rome, Italy

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Queen Margot Catherine de Médicis
(1994)
(1996)

Filmography

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 2015 Latin Lover
Rita
 2014 Madre, aiutami (TV Mini Series)
Suor Germana
- Episode #1.4 (2014) ... Suor Germana
- Episode #1.3 (2014) ... Suor Germana
- Episode #1.2 (2014) ... Suor Germana
- Episode #1.1 (2014) ... Suor Germana
 2013 Baciamo le mani: Palermo-New York 1958 (TV Series)
Donna Agnese Vitaliano
- Episode #1.4 (2013) ... Donna Agnese Vitaliano
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Donna Agnese Vitaliano
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Donna Agnese Vitaliano
- Episode #1.1 (2013) ... Donna Agnese Vitaliano
 2011 The Lady Who Returns (TV Mini Series)
Paola Silenti
- Episode #1.4 (2011) ... Paola Silenti
- Episode #1.3 (2011) ... Paola Silenti
- Episode #1.2 (2011) ... Paola Silenti
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... Paola Silenti
 2005-2010 My Daughters (TV Series)
Caterina Foresi Pensiero / Caterina Foresi Parisi
- Caterina e le sue figlie 3, ottava puntata (2010) ... Caterina Foresi Pensiero
- Caterina e le sue figlie 3, settima puntata (2010) ... Caterina Foresi Pensiero
- Caterina e le sue figlie 3, sesta puntata (2010) ... Caterina Foresi Pensiero
- Caterina e le sue figlie 3, quinta puntata (2010) ... Caterina Foresi Pensiero
- Caterina e le sue figlie 3, quarta puntata (2010) ... Caterina Foresi Pensiero
 2008 Il sangue e la rosa (TV Series)
Lucrezia Sciarra
- Quarta puntata (2008) ... Lucrezia Sciarra
- Terza puntata (2008) ... Lucrezia Sciarra
- Seconda puntata (2008) ... Lucrezia Sciarra
- Prima puntata (2008) ... Lucrezia Sciarra
 2008 Fidati di me (TV Mini Series)
Elena Donati
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Elena Donati
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Elena Donati
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Elena Donati
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Elena Donati
 2007 Donne sbagliate (TV Movie)
Anna Miglio
 2006 L'onore e il rispetto (TV Mini Series)
Ersilia Fortebracci
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Ersilia Fortebracci
 2004 Anna's World (TV Movie)
Anna
 2001-2003 Beauty Centre (TV Series)
Contessa Miranda Spadoni
- Dicembre (2003) ... Contessa Miranda Spadoni
- Dicembre (2002) ... Contessa Miranda Spadoni (credit only)
- Novembre (2002) ... Contessa Miranda Spadoni (credit only)
- Ottobre (2002) ... Contessa Miranda Spadoni (credit only)
- Settembre (2002) ... Contessa Miranda Spadoni (credit only)
 2003 I ragazzi della via Pál (TV Movie)
Edit Horváth
 2001 Le ali della vita 2 (TV Movie)
Sorella Alberta
 2001 La memoria e il perdono (TV Movie)
Elena Satta
 2001 Spider's Game (TV Movie)
Contessa Marta Dandolo
 2001 Tides of Change (TV Movie)
Marchesa Orsola Maironi
 2000 Un dono semplice (TV Movie)
 2000 Le ali della vita (TV Movie)
Sorella Alberta
 1999 Balzac: A Passionate Life (TV Movie)
Madame de Berny
 1997 Il deserto di fuoco (TV Mini Series)
Christine Duvivier
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Christine Duvivier
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Christine Duvivier
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Christine Duvivier
 1996 Uno di noi (TV Mini Series)
madre di Ercole
- Sempre insieme (1996) ... madre di Ercole
- Per Gioco (1996) ... madre di Ercole
- Senza terra (1996) ... madre di Ercole
- Bambino padre (1996) ... madre di Ercole
- Una madre indegna (1996) ... madre di Ercole
 1996 Occhio di falco (TV Series)
 1996 Va' dove ti porta il cuore
Olga anziana
 1994 Queen Margot
Catherine de Médicis
 1993 Passioni (TV Series)
 1991 I misteri della giungla nera (TV Mini Series)
Sara Corishant
- - (1991) ... Sara Corishant
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Sara Corishant
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Sara Corishant
 1989 E se poi se ne vanno? (TV Movie)
Anita
 1989 Cinema (TV Movie)
Maria
 1988 I ragazzi di via Panisperna
Signora Majorana
 1988 E non se ne vogliono andare! (TV Movie)
Anita Giuliani
 1987 I Love N.Y.
Anna Cotone
 1986 Se un giorno busserai alla mia porta (TV Mini Series)
Livia Bandini
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Livia Bandini
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Livia Bandini
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Livia Bandini
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Livia Bandini
 1985 Christopher Columbus (TV Mini Series)
Dona Moniz Perestrello
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Dona Moniz Perestrello
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Dona Moniz Perestrello
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Dona Moniz Perestrello
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Dona Moniz Perestrello
 1985 Miss Right
Anna
 1984 ...e la vita continua (TV Mini Series)
Giulia Betocchi
- Episode #1.8 (1984) ... Giulia Betocchi
- Episode #1.7 (1984) ... Giulia Betocchi
- Episode #1.6 (1984) ... Giulia Betocchi
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... Giulia Betocchi
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... Giulia Betocchi
 1984 Amarsi un po'...
Principessa Maria Cellini
 1983 Time for Loving
Adriana Balestra
 1980 The Cricket
Wilma / singer-prostitute
 1979 Venetian Lies
Luisa Herrighe
 1979 Ernesto
Ernesto's Mother
 1977 Beyond Good and Evil
Elisabeth / Fritz's sister
 1974 Challenge to White Fang
Sister Evangelina
 1974 Philo Vance (TV Mini Series)
Margaret Odell
- La canarina assassinata - Parte II (1974) ... Margaret Odell
- La canarina assassinata - Parte I (1974) ... Margaret Odell
 1973 White Fang
Sister Evangelina
 1973 The Serpent
Annabel Lee
 1972 Bluebeard
The Singer
 1972 Les galets d'Étretat
Alny
 1971 Roma bene
Silvia Santi
 1971 Love Me Strangely
Nathalie Revent
 1971 The Statue
Rhonda Bolt
 1970 The Voyeur
Claude
 1970 The Heist
Stella Menzoni
 1969 The Christmas Tree
Catherine Graziani
 1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
John's Beautiful Cousin in Rome
 1968 Better a Widow
Rosa Minniti
 1967 Arabella
Arabella
 1967 Anyone Can Play
Luisa
 1967 The 25th Hour
Suzanna Moritz
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't!
Julie Ferris
 1966 Assault on a Queen
Rosa Lucchesi
 1965 Made in Italy
Virginia (segment "3 'La Donna', episode 1")
 1965 Oggi, domani, dopodomani
Dorotea (segment "L'ora di punta")
 1965 A Maiden for the Prince
Giulia
 1965 The Possessed
Tilde
 1965 Casanova 70
Gigliola
 1965 How to Murder Your Wife
Mrs. Ford
 1965 The Dolls
Luisa (segment "La telefonata")
 1964 Coplan, Agent 005
Ingrid Carlsen
 1964 The Black Tulip
Caroline 'Caro' Plantin
 1963 Don't Tempt the Devil
Gina Bianchi
 1963 The Shortest Day
Naja, una spia austriaca
 1962 Una tragedia americana (TV Mini Series)
Sondra Finchley
- Episode #1.7 (1962) ... Sondra Finchley
- Episode #1.5 (1962) ... Sondra Finchley
- Episode #1.4 (1962) ... Sondra Finchley
- Episode #1.3 (1962) ... Sondra Finchley
- Episode #1.2 (1962) ... Sondra Finchley
 1962 Eva
Francesca Ferrara
 1961 Il caso Maurizius (TV Mini Series)
Anna Jahn
- Episode #1.4 (1961) ... Anna Jahn
- Episode #1.3 (1961) ... Anna Jahn
- Episode #1.2 (1961) ... Anna Jahn
 1961 Duel of the Titans
Julia
 1960 Cenerentola (TV Movie)
Cenerentola
 1960 Cieli alti (TV Movie)
Angela
 1960 Un militare e mezzo
Anita Rossi
 1959-1960 Ottocento (TV Mini Series)
La contessa Castiglione
- Episode #1.5 (1960) ... La contessa Castiglione
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... La contessa Castiglione
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... La contessa Castiglione
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... La contessa Castiglione
 1959 I masnadieri (TV Movie)
 1959 Il mondo dei miracoli
Laura Damiani
 1959 Il padrone delle ferriere
Claire de Beaulieu
 1959 Lost Souls
Anna
 1958 Come le foglie (TV Movie)
Nennele
 1958/II Leocadia (TV Movie)
Amanda
 1958 Il conte di Matera (Il tiranno)
Greta Tramontana di Casamaiora
 1958 La cara ombra (TV Movie)
Angela
 1958 Donne in ermellino (TV Movie)
Sally Dutton
 1957 Orgoglio e pregiudizio (TV Mini Series)
Elizabeth Bennett
- Episode #1.5 (1957) ... Elizabeth Bennett
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... Elizabeth Bennett
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... Elizabeth Bennett
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Elizabeth Bennett
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Elizabeth Bennett
 1957 The Doll That Took the Town
Liliana Attenni
 1956 Vendicata!
 1955 Eighteen Year Olds
Maria Rovani
 1955 The Bachelor
Extra (uncredited)
 1955 The Hussars
Elisa
 1955 La rossa
Maria
 1955 Ripudiata
 1955 New Moon
Lucia
 1954 Il vetturale del Moncenisio
Jeanne Thibaud, figlia di Jean Claude
 1954 Il cardinale Lambertini
Maria di Roccasibalda
 1954 Piccola santa
Maria
 1954 La corda d'acciaio
Stella
 1954 Lettera napoletana
Anna Esposito
 1954 Violenza sul lago
Laura, Marco's daughter
 1954 Desiderio 'e sole
Laura Morera
 1953 ...e Napoli canta!
Maria Mariani
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Guest on the talk show "Tempo".

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | 4 Pictorials | 19 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

V. Lisi | Virna

Height:

5' 6¼" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Franco Pesci  (his death)  (1 child)

Children:

Corrado Pesci

Relatives:

Esperia Pieralisi (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

The '80s Argentinian band, Sumo (led by an Italian singer), made a song for her. The singer's brother is the actor Andrea Prodan, who appeared with her in the movie I ragazzi di via Panisperna (1988). See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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