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Alida Valli

Italian News - April 23

Italian actress Alida Valli, who starred in films by Alfred Hitchcock and Luchino Visconti, has died at the age of 84. She made her cinema debut at the age of 15 and appeared in over 100 films. They included Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947) with Gregory Peck, The Miracle of the Bells (1948) and Carole Reed's classic The Third Man (1949).

Her English-speaking career did not last long because of her thick accent, but she continued to act in Italian and French films, as well as theatre. Valli won Italy's top David film prize in 1982 for a supporting role in Marco Tullio Giordana's La Caduta degli Angeli Ribelli (Fall of the Rebel Angels) and another for her career in 1991.

Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi said her passing was "a great loss for Italian cinema, theatre and culture".