2017-07-09 23:27:24 UTC
Italian actress Elsa Martinelli dead aged 82
The Le Rouge Et Le Noir star passed away in Rome today
ByEmmeline Saunders,Vicki Newman,
16:30, 8 JUL 2017
Updated11:13, 9 JUL 2017
Elsa was best known for her roles in Le Rouge Et Le Noir in 1954 and for The Indian Fighter the following year, in which she starred opposite Kirk Douglas.
He reportedly claimed to have spotted her on a magazine cover and hired her for his production company, Bryna Productions.
The star was born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, before moving to Rome with her family.
She was discovered in 1953 by fashion designer Robert Capucci, who introduced her to the world of fashion.
Elsa became a model and began playing small roles in films.
In 1956, Elsa won the Silver Bear for Best Actress as the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli's Donatella.
She went on to star in many more films, including 1693's [sic] The VIPs and 1968's Candy, as he divided her time between Europe and the United Stated throughout the 50s and 60s.
From the late 1960s, she worked mainly in Europe on foreign language productions.
Elsa's last English-speaking role was as Carla the Agent in 1992's Once Upon A Crime, and her most recent appearance was in the 2006 European TV series, Orgoglio, as the Duchessa di Monteforte.
Elsa was married twice, first to Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito, and secondly to Paris Match photographer and furniture designer, Willy Rizzo, in 1968.