Eduardo De Filippo

Senator for life
Eduardo De Filippo
Born (1900-05-24)24 May 1900
Naples, Campania, Italy
Died 31 October 1984(1984-10-31) (aged 84)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor, playwright, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Isabella Quarantotti (m. 1977) (d.2005)
Thea Prandi (1956-1959) (d.1961)
Dorothy Pennington (1928-1956) Vanna Polverosi (d.2005)
Children Luca De Filippo
Parent(s) Luisa De Filippo
Eduardo Scarpetta
Relatives Peppino De Filippo (brother)
Titina De Filippo (sister)

Eduardo De Filippo (24 May 1900 31 October 1984) was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria.


De Filippo was born in Naples to playwright Eduardo Scarpetta and theatre seamstress and costumier Luisa De Filippo. He began acting at the age of five and in 1932 formed a theater company with his brother Peppino and sister Titina, called compagnia del Teatro Umoristico I De Filippo. Peppino left the troupe in 1944 and Titina departed by the early 1950s. De Filippo starred in De Sica's L'oro di Napoli with Totò and Sophia Loren in 1954. In 1973 a production of his Sabato, domenica e lunedi (1959, Saturday, Sunday and Monday), starring Laurence Olivier in the lead role, won the London drama critics' award.[1][2] His translation of Shakespeare's The Tempest into Neapolitan was published in 1982.

In 1981, De Filippo was appointed life senator of the Italian Republic. He died three years later in Rome. His artistic legacy has been carried over by his son Luca De Filippo.




Totò and Eduardo De Filippo in Napoli Milionaria.


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