Her performance as Cabiria in The Nights of Cabiria (1957) ("Nights of Cabiria") is ranked #21 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Giulietta Masina (born 22 February 1921) was an Italian film actress. She starred in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, both directed by her husband Federico Fellini, as well as 8½ and Juliet of the Spirits. Masina won the Best Actress Award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Cabiria.
Born in Florence, Masina was the youngest child of Giovanni Masina, a sculptor, and Ersilia Pieragnoli, a schoolteacher. She had two older sisters, Maria and Franca. Masina was educated at a Catholic boarding school and later studied at the University of Rome.
Masina’s film career began in 1943, when she appeared in Roberto Rossellini’s Open City. She subsequently appeared in a number of films directed by her husband, Federico Fellini, including La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Juliet of the Spirits (1965).
Masina won the Best Actress Award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Cabiria. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria.
Masina’s other notable film roles include The White Sheik (1952), La fuggitiva (1953), The Gold of Naples (1954), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Ginger and Fred (1986), and Intervista (1987).
Masina was married to Federico Fellini from 1943 until his death in 1993. The couple had two children: a son, Pierfederico, and a daughter, Maria Maddalena.
Masina died on 19 March 1994, at the age of 73.
March 23, 1994, Rome, Italy
Sapienza University of Rome
Pier Federico Fellini
Anna Flavia Pasqualini, Gaetano Masina
Eugenia Masina, Maria Masina, Mario Masina
Cannes Best Actress Award, David di Donatello for Best Actress, David di Donatello Special Award, David di Donatello Golden Medal of the Minister of Tourism Award
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
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