Italian actress Valentina Cortese, Oscar-nominated for her performance in François Truffauts 1973 drama Day For Night, has died aged 96, according to Italian news service Ansa.
The prolific actress, whose career spanned more than 50 years, started out in Italian films of the early 1940s, leading to internationally acclaimed roles in Riccardo Fredas 1948 Italian movie Les Misérables and the 1949 British film The Glass Mountain (1949), which led to a number of roles in American features.
Cortese starred in movies including second world war thriller Malaya with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart, Jules Dassins Thieves Highway with Richard Conte, and Joseph L Makiewiczs The Barefoot Contessa with Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner.
In Europe she later starred in Michelangelo Antonionis Le Amiche, Terry Gilliams The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and Franco Zeffirellis Brother Sun, Sister Moon.
In 1975, Cortese received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Severine in Truffauts acclaimed Day For Night. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe, aRead More – Source