Olimpia Carlisi

Olimpia Carlisi

Carlisi at the set of Ottone, 1970
Born (1946-12-29) 29 December 1946
Campi Bisenzio, Florence
Occupation actress
Notable work The Middle of the World (1974)

Olimpia Carlisi (born 1946) is an Italian stage, film and television actress.


Carlisi was born in Campi Bisenzio, Florence, on 29 December 1946. After her debut as a stage actress, she made her film debut working with Roberto Rossellini in Atti degli apostoli (1968). She focused her career on primarily art films and stage work.[1]

She worked with Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet in Othon (1970),[1] where her work was praised by critics.[2] American director Mike Nichols cast Carlisi in the role of Luciana in his 1970 film Catch-22.[3]

Continuously active on television, Carlisi was the protagonist in 1970 of the RAI experimental drama Olimpia agli amici, directed by film critic Adriano Aprà.[1]

In 1980, she hosted an infamous edition of the Sanremo Music Festival alongside Roberto Benigni and Claudio Cecchetto.[4]

Awards and recognition

In 1975, Carlisi won a Globo d'oro for best breakthrough actress.

In 1978, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for most promising newcomer for her performance in Alain Tanner's The Middle of the World.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 36–37. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. "[W]ithin the range allowed by the direction, beautiful Olimpia Carlisi, as Camille, gave me a fuller appreciation of what ancient royalty should have been like than has any other actress I have seen in the movies." : From "Straub's 'Othon' Plumbs Love and Drive for Power", The New York Times, 14 September 1970
  3. Olimpia Carlisi at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
  5. "Prix et nominations : BAFTA Awards / Orange British Academy Film Awards 1978". Allociné. Retrieved 29 December 2013.

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