Betti, Laura

(1934-2004)
   Singer and actress. Betti began, under the name of Laura Sarno, as a jazz singer in musical revues but soon graduated to more demanding roles in dramatic theater, giving a particularly strong performance in an Italian production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible in 1956. In the early 1960s she appeared on radio and television and performed in a series of solo recitals (Giro a vuoto) in which she sang texts written by established writers such as Alberto Moravia and Pier Paolo Pasolini and set to music composed by Piero Umiliani and Piero Piccioni.
   After small parts in Federico Fellini's La dolce vita (1960) and Roberto Rossellini's Era notte a Roma (Escape by Night, 1960), she appeared ever more frequently, and in more substantial roles, in the films of Pasolini, eventually winning the Coppa Volpi for her role as Emilia, the enigmatic serving girl in Teorema (Theorem, 1968). She would play the more cheerful character of the Wife of Bath in Pasolini's I racconti di Canterbury (The Canterbury Tales, 1972).
   Never averse to interpreting hard and often unsympathetic women, she played Fulvio's reactionary sister, Esther, in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Allonsanfan (1973) and the pro-Fascist Regina in Bernardo Bertolucci's Novecento (1900, 1976). Ferociously devoted to Pasolini and to celebrating his memory, in 2000 she produced and directed Pier Paolo Pasolini e la ragione di un sogno (Pasolini and the Reason for a Dream, 2001).
   Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema by Alberto Mira

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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  • Betti, Laura — (1934 2004)    Singer and actress. Betti began, under the name of Laura Sarno, as a jazz singer in musical revues but soon graduated to more demanding roles in dramatic theater, giving a particularly strong performance in an Italian production of …   Historical dictionary of Italian cinema

  • Betti, Laura — pseud. di Trombetti, Laura …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Betti — is a surname, and may refer to* Betti number in topology, named for Enrico Betti * Betti s theorem in engineering theory, named for Enrico Betti * Betti reactionPeople with the surname Betti* Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (1823 1892). *… …   Wikipedia

  • Laura Betti — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Betti. Laura Betti (née le 1er mai 1927[1] à Casalecchio di Reno, dans la province de Bologne, en Émilie Romagne et morte à Rome le 31 juillet 2004) est une act …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Laura Betti — (May 1, 1927 [Until her death, Laura Betti was widely believed to have been born on May 1, 1934. In fact, all her obituaries referred to the 1934 date. The actress herself had encouraged that erroneous belief.] July 31, 2004) was an Italian… …   Wikipedia

  • Betti — ist eine Namensvariante von Elisabeth Betti ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Biagio Betti (1535–1605), italienischer Maler Carlo Giuliano Betti, italienischer regisseur und Drehbuchautor Dino Betti van der Noot (* 1936), italienischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Laura Betti — (* 1. Mai 1927 in Bologna, Italien; † 31. Juli 2004 in Rom) war eine italienische Schauspielerin. Leben Ihre Karriere begann sie als Jazzsängerin im Kabarett in den 1950er Jahren, ehe sie von Federico Fellini entdeckt wurde. Ihr Kino Debüt hatte… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Trombetti, Laura — vero nome di Betti, Laura …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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