Laura Antonelli was an Italian actress who appeared in 45 films between 1964 and 1991. She was born Laura Antonaz on November 28, 1941, in Pula, Italy (now Croatia).
Early Life and Career
Antonelli’s parents fled Yugoslavia after World War II and settled in Naples, Italy.As a teenager, she became proficient at gymnastics and graduated as a gymnastics instructor . She moved to Rome, where she became a secondary-school gym teacher and was able to meet people in the entertainment industry, who helped her find modelling jobs .
Antonelli’s earliest engagements included Italian advertisements for Coca-Cola. In 1965, she made her first feature-film appearance in Le sedicenni, although her performance went uncredited. Her American debut came in 1966 in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. Other roles followed; her breakthrough came in 1973’s Malizia . She appeared in a number of sex farces such as Till Marriage Do Us Part / Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso! . She worked in more serious films, as well, including Luchino Visconti’s last film, The Innocent (1976). In Wifemistress, a romance film of 1977, she played a repressed wife experiencing a sexual awakening. Later, she appeared in Passione d’Amore (1981).From 1986 she mostly worked on Italian television series. Antonelli’s final film role was in the sequel Malizia 2000 (1991), following which she retired.
Cause of Death
On June 22nd, 2015, Laura Antonelli died at her home in Ladispoli, Italy due to heart failure at the age of 73.
Laura Antonelli was an accomplished actress who left an indelible mark on Italian cinema history. Her legacy continues to inspire new generations of actors and fans alike.