Lydia Alfonsi

Lydia Alfonsi

Lydia Alfonsi in 1958
Born (1928-04-28) 28 April 1928
Parma, Italy
Occupation actress
Years active 1950-1997
Spouse(s) Vincenzo Messina (m. 1973)[1]

Lydia Alfonsi (born 28 April 1928) is an Italian former stage, television and film actress.

Life and career

Born Lidia Alfonsi in Parma into a wealthy middle-class family, at young age Alfonsi interrupted her accounting studies to pursue a career in theater.[2] In 1946 she won in a national competition for amateur dramatics and was noticed by one of the jurors, the director Anton Giulio Bragaglia , who immediately hired her for his stage company.[2] Quite soon she was cast in leading roles in dramas and often in classic works, including many Greek tragedies.[2] In 1957 she made her film debut, then in 1960 she started a professional and sentimental relationship (lasted until his death in a car accident in 1963) with television director Giacomo Vaccari, starring in several successful RAI TV-dramas directed by him.[2] Since mid-1970s Alfonsi semi-retired, making sporadic appearances only in 1988 (with the TV movie Una lepre con la faccia da bambina), in 1990 (in Gianni Amelio's Open Doors) and in 1997 (in Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful).[2]

Alfonsi was appointed Grand Officer of the Italian Republic.[3]


  1. Mondadori Portfolio. "The Italian actress Lydia Alfonsi, born Lidia Alfonsi, kisses her new...". Getty Images. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  3. "Targa per l'attrice Lydia Alfonsi". Il Tirreno. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

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