Olga Villi

Olga Villi
Born Olga Villani
(1922-01-20)20 January 1922
Suzzara, Mantua
Died 12 August 1989(1989-08-12) (aged 67)
Occupation actress

Olga Villi (20 January 1922 12 August 1989), was an Italian model and actress.

Life and career

Born in Suzzara, Mantua as Olga Villani, Villi began to work, only twelve years old, as a saleswoman and seamstress at the Milanese fashion house Biki.[1]

A few years later her employer hired her as a model, a profession in which she was almost immediately appreciated by the audience; noted by Macario, she was hired by him in 1942 for the rivista-operetta Il grillo al castello, where she had to act, sing and dance.[1] Thanks to the success of the show Villi became one of the most quoted soubrettes of the period, working with Anna Magnani, Nino Taranto and Alberto Sordi, and in mid-1940s she also starred in several drama plays, working among others with Luchino Visconti, Alessandro Blasetti and Giorgio Strehler.[1][2]

Also active in films and on television, in 1967 Villi won a Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Pietro Germi's The Birds, the Bees and the Italians.[3] After having announced her retirement in 1972, she came back on stage in 1984.[2]

She was married to the nobleman Raimondo Lanza di Trabia until his suicide in 1954.[1][4] Villi died after a long illness in Rapallo, where she lived for about thirty years.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. 1 2 3 4 Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 36–37. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. 1 2 3 "Due protagonisti dello spettacolo". La Repubblica. 15 August 1989. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. pp. 233, 249. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  4. Tano Gullo (3 January 2007). "Lanza il principe irrequieto". La Repubblica. Retrieved 6 December 2013.

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