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Virna Lisi
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Actress
    (November 8, 1936-December 18, 2014)
    Born in Ancona, Italy
    Birth name was Virna Pieralisi
    Appeared in the films 'The Steel Rope' (1953), 'And Naples Sings' (1953), 'Romolo e Remo' (1961), 'Eva' (1962), 'How to Murder Your Wife' (1965), 'Casanova 70' (1965), 'Not with My Wife You Don't' (1966), 'The Girl and the General' (1967), 'Anyone Can Play' (1968), 'The Secret of Santa Vittoria' (1969), 'The Voyeur' (1970), 'Beyond Good and Evil' (1977), 'Time for Loving' (1982), 'Merry Christmas.... Happy New Year' (1990), 'Queen Margot' (1994) and 'The Best Day of My Life' (2002)
    In her early career, she was cast for her looks rather than her acting abilities.
    Before going to Hollywood for 'How to Murder Your Wife' she promised her husband that she would not do any nude scenes, but ended up naked (but under a blanket) for one scene. While filming that scene, her husband made an unannounced visit to the set, and was so enraged that he chased star Jack Lemmon around the MGM lot.
    'Esquire' re-created the iconic cover shot of her shaving (1965) with Jessica Simpson (2008).
    She quit making films for several years in the early 70s, saying she left Hollywood for 'the happiness of being beside my husband and my son.'
    She and Franco Pesci have been married for over 50 years.
    She won a Cesar (the French Oscar) and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in 'Queen Margot.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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