Laura Betti

Laura Betti

  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 01-05-1927
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: Casalecchio di Reno, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Also Known As:

    Laura Trombetti

  • Popularity: 3.65
  • Homepage: N/A

Laura Betti (née Trombetti; 1 May 1927 – 31 July 2004) was an Italian actress known particularly for her work with directors Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci. She had a long friendship with Pasolini and made a documentary about him in 2001. Betti became famous for portraying bizarre, grotesque, eccentric, unstable or maniacal roles, like Regina in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, Anna the medium in Twitch of the Death Nerve, Giovanna la pazza in Woman Buried Alive, hysterical Rita Zigai in Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina, Therese in Private Vices, Public Virtues, Emilia the servant in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, and Mildred the protagonist's wife in Mario Bava's Hatchet for the Honeymoon. Born Laura Trombetti in Casalecchio di Reno, near Bologna, she grew up to be interested in singing. She first worked professionally in the arts as a jazz singer and moved to Rome. Betti made her film debut in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960). In 1963, she became a close friend of the poet and movie director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Under his direction, she proved a wonderful talent and played in seven of his films, including La ricotta (1963), Teorema (Theorem, 1968), his 1972 version of The Canterbury Tales, in which she played the Wife of Bath; and his controversial Salo (1975) ("120 Days of Sodom"). In 1976, Betti portrayed Regina, a cruel and eroto-maniacal fascist in Bernardo Bertolucci's Novecento (1900). She also played Miss Blandish in his Last Tango in Paris (1972), though her single scene was deleted. In 1973 she dubbed the voice of the Devil for the Italian version of William Friedkin's The Exorcist. From the 1960s, Betti dedicated much of her time to literature and politics. She became the muse for a number of leading political and literary figures in Italy and came to personify the revolutionary and Marxist era of 1970s Italy. In 2001, she made a documentary about Pasolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini e la ragione di un sogno. She also donated her papers related to their long friendship along with more than 1000 volumes and many documents connected to Pasolini to the archives of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, thus creating the Centro Studi Archivio Pier Paolo Pasolini. This Centro, strongly wanted by Betti, owns also thousands of photograph and all the works of Pasolini: poetry, literature, cinema and journalism. After her death in 2004 her brother Sergio Trombetti has donated all the personal documents of her career to the Centro that has absorbed them under the name Fondo Laura Betti. Source: Article "Laura Betti" from Wikipedia in English, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Year Movie Character
2000 Pasolini, el poeta en la playa as Herself
1968 Orgy as Donna
1972 The Canterbury Tales as The Wife from Bath
1977 The Seagull as Irina
1981 Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die as Self
2021 Maresco / Pasolini as Herself
1970 Hatchet for the Honeymoon as Mildred Harrington
1977 At Night All Cats Are Crazy as Jacqueline
1973 The Return as Clara
2011 Laura's Passion as Self (archive footage)
2003 Gli astronomi as Pavoncella
1963 Ecco as Self
1975 Abicinema as Self
1976 Pier Paolo Pasolini : vivre et encore plus as Elle-même
1982 Loin de Manhattan as Madame Hanska
1974 Allonsanfan as Esther Imbriani
1993 Mario, Maria and Mario as Laura
1997 Marianna Ucrìa as Giuseppa
1984 Class Relations as Brunelda
1970 Stop the World... I Want to Get Off!
1990 Gallant Ladies as Catherine de Medicis
1983 The Art of Love as Clio
1980 My Name Is Anna Magnani as Self
1967 The Earth As Seen from the Moon as un turista
1974 The Cousin as Rosalia Scuderi
1979 The Little Archimedes as La signora Bondi
2002 Il diario di Matilde Manzoni as Teresa Manzoni Borri
1969 Paulina Is Leaving as Hortense
1976 Private Vices, Public Virtues as Teresa
1985 Blame it on Paradise as direttrice
1979 Lovers and Liars as Laura
2005 Fratella e sorello as Presidente del Tribunale
2006 Pasolini and the Secret Humiliation of Chaucer as Interviewee
1987 Sweets from a Stranger as Jolanda
1968 What Are the Clouds? as Desdemona
1987 Jenatsch as Mademoiselle von Planta
1996 We Free Kings as Una delle ragazze del coro
2001 Fat Girl as Fernando's Mother
1968 Theorem as Emilia, the Servant
1995 Un eroe borghese as Dottoressa Trebbi
1960 Red Lips as The Painter
1990 The Carpathian Mushroom as Olympia
1971 In the Name of the Father as Franco's Mother
1979 Einzelzimmer as Calogera
2003 Happiness Costs Nothing as Suora guardiana
1971 A Bay of Blood as Anna Fossati
1985 Mother Ebe as Lidia Corradi
1974 The Woman with Red Boots as Léonore
1988 Jane B. by Agnès V. as Lardy
2003 Household Accounts
1976 1900 as Regina
1977 The Gang as Felicia
1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G. as Sonia, the 'Diva' (segment "La ricotta")
1982 The Night of Varennes as Virginia Capacelli
1993 The rebel as Sister Valida
1988 I cammelli as Milena
1972 Slap the Monster on Page One as Rita Zigai
1960 Escape by Night as Teresa
1974 The Murri Affair as Tisa Borghi
1968 Caprice Italian Style as Desdemona
1978 Butterfly on the Shoulder as Mme Carrabo
2004 Renzo e Lucia as Madre Superiora
1987 Widow's Walk as Keli
1967 Oedipus Rex as Jocasta's Maid (uncredited)
1991 Suffocating Heat as Laura
1972 Sonny and Jed as Betty
1973 Woman Buried Alive as Giovanna la Pazza
2021 Marx Can Wait as Irina (archive footage) (uncredited)
1970 A Man Called Sledge as Sister
1960 La Dolce Vita as Laura
2005 Raul - Right to Kill as Usuraia
1967 The Witches as Male Tourist
1993 The Great Pumpkin as Aida
1994 With Closed Eyes as Beatrice
2008 La Rabbia di Pasolini as Self (archive footage)
1969 RARA
1971 A Bay of Blood
2002 Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Reason of a Dream
1976 Il silenzio è complicità
1970 Stop the World... I Want to Get Off!
1970 Hatchet for the Honeymoon
Photo Name Department
1978 The Word (4 episode) as Maria
1982 The Charterhouse of Parma (6 episode) as The Vivandière
1959 Discorama (1 episode) as Self

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