Valentina Cortese
1923 - 2019
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Valentina Cortese was a cinema legend in her native Italy, gaining international acclaim in Italian films in the 1940s, which led to her signing a contract with 20th Century Fox. She starred in 1951’s “The House on Telegraph Hill” with American actor Richard Basehart, with whom she married that same year. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for her role as a fading alcoholic movie star in Francois Truffaut’s “Day for Night.” Cortese also appeared in films directed by cinema legends Frederico Fellini and Michaelangelo Antonioni. A fashion icon, she was known for wearing elaborate scarfs around her head.

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Jul. 10, 2019.
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December 4, 2019
Her angelical face and the personal warmth in their performances.
ulises franco
Friend
November 29, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort...My condolences..
September 29, 2019
My condolences to the family of Valentina Cortese, I am very sorry for your loss. She was a good actresss, and a beautiful woman. May the God of comfort be with all of you to continue to strengthen you.
August 12, 2019
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented woman, who will be remembered for her contribution to film industry. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.
August 9, 2019
With sincere condolences. May the God of comfort give you peace in this difficult time.
D Blatch
July 31, 2019
Valentina was a very talented actress who took her roles seriously. She will forever be remembered. Condolences to her loved ones who knew her best. God mends broken hearts.
July 15, 2019
Our deepest condolences.
Jacqueline Stephenson
July 15, 2019
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your Loved One, comfort you and your family today and always.
Philadelphia
July 15, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family of Valentina. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
July 14, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
July 13, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
July 13, 2019
A beauty and very talented lady. RIP
Valenda Newell
July 12, 2019
Sorry for your loss my sincere condolence to the family friends fans.
July 12, 2019
I just learned of this talented actor when I saw House on Telegraph Hill. She was incredibly talented and attractive.
Diane Harvey
July 12, 2019
During this difficult time please know others care. Sincere condolences.
Ms. Sowell
July 11, 2019
My favorite role of Valentina's was as Francis of Asisi's mother in "Brother Sun, Sister Moon". She effortlessly played a good person who was at the same time a horrible parent and teacher. RIP, and enjoy the Journey, Valentina...
John Reid
July 11, 2019
Valentina Cortese was an immense talent and the very definition of how to illuminate a screen in a dark theatre. She had many celebrated roles, but she could even make sitting through a few of the turkeys she made a grand experience. We should be thankful she made films here, otherwise we may never have discovered this stunning and much celebrated actress. It is a great joy to see here, she had many fans in unlikely places!
Ellis Nassour
Acquaintance
July 11, 2019
Ann Stokman
July 10, 2019
Peace.
Glen James Hausfeld
July 10, 2019
A beautiful actress. She lived a long, full life. Rest in Peace Valentina.
Sheila
July 10, 2019
Godspeed Valentina, and thank you for the memories. Rest in Peace.
Harry Simpson
July 10, 2019
My condolences to the Cortese family and friends, so sorry for your loss, may God be with you all.
RB
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