Pupella Maggio

Pupella Maggio
Born (1910-04-24)24 April 1910
Naples, Italy
Died 8 December 1999(1999-12-08) (aged 89)
Rome, Italy

Pupella Maggio born Giustina Maggio (24 April 1910 – 8 December 1999) was an Italian film actress.

Life and career

Born in Naples into a family of actors, Maggio debuted on stage aged twelve years old, as the sidekick of his brother Beniamino. She later worked with several companies, including the ones led by Rina Morelli and by Eduardo De Filippo, where after the death of Titina De Filippo she inherited most of her roles.[1]

Maggio also appeared in several films, winning the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Luigi Zampa's Be Sick... It's Free.[1][2]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1947 Lost in the Dark
1947 Bullet for Stefano Marta
1954 The Doctor of the Mad
1958 Mogli pericolose Aurelia Bertuetti aka "Lolita"
1959 A Qualcuna Piace Calvo Marcella's Mother
1960 Two Women Peasant
1962 The Four Days of Naples Arturo's Mother
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... Noah's Wife
1968 Be Sick... It's Free Mrs. Antonietta Parisi
1971 Il Prof. Dott. Guido Tersilli Antonietta Parisi
1972 The Valachi Papers Letizia Reina
1973 Amarcord Miranda Biondi
1988 Days of Inspector Ambrosio Rosa Cuomo
1988 Cinema Paradiso Maria (old)


  1. 1 2 Antonio Virgilio Savona; Michele Lo Straniero. "Maggio, Famiglia". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp. 959-960.
  2. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.

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