Del Balzo, Liana


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Post by Johan Melle » 11/09/2020, 14:48

Ballo al castello (1939). I've not been able to find a copy of this film, but there's a photo of Liana in this film together with Alida Valli and Vasco Creti published in the book "Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici" (2003) by Enrico Lancia and Roberto Poppi. According to ANICA, she plays the role of a gossiping noblewoman (to be confirmed).
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Post by Johan Melle » 11/09/2020, 15:00

Liana was already a well-established theater actress before she began to appear in films, and I've managed to find a few of her stage roles:

800-900-1000 by Carlo Veneziani. Premiered at Teatro Odeon in Milan on 21 July 1931
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Credit taken from the book "Anna Magnani" (2001) by Mathilde Hochkofler

La sete di Dio (Robespierre) by Rino Alessi. Premiered at Teatro Paganini in Genoa on 24 December 1935. Liana played the role of Marchesa di Chalabre.
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Credit taken from the book "Amedeo Nazzari" (1983) by Piero Pruzzo and Enrico Lancia

Equatore by Alessandro De Stefani. Premiered at Teatro Paganini in Genoa on 3 January 1936. Liana played the role of Lotte Muller.
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Credit taken from the book "Amedeo Nazzari" (1983) by Piero Pruzzo and Enrico Lancia

I've also found a listing at the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia website, showing that Liana played the role of Elena in La danza delle libellule, which premiered on 16 April 1923! Link here: http://archiviostorico.teatrolafenice.i ... p?ID=10651
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Post by Johan Melle » 11/09/2020, 16:26

Sette ore di guai (1951) as Lucrezia
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Post by Johan Melle » 12/09/2020, 11:59

Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario? (1966) as Party guest
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Post by Johan Melle » 12/09/2020, 12:45

Caravaggio (1967) (TV mini-series) - episode 1, credited as Liliana Del Balzo, as Woman at the dinner. Liana looks a bit young here, but I think it's due to the wig and make-up. There aren't really anyone else she could be.
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Post by Johan Melle » 12/09/2020, 13:21

Tradita (1954) as Chief seamstress. She appears in a short scene with a young Brigitte Bardot here.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 13/09/2020, 11:41

Quo Vadis (1951) as Woman preparing Lygia for the arena.

I would probably have put this as an uncertain identification since she looks rather different without her usual glamorous make-up, but Johan seems pretty certain that it is her so I'm happy to go with that.
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Post by ChristofferSlotte » 23/09/2020, 23:00

there is a banquet in Ben-Hur - the one at Arrius hanging gardens. According to the souvenir book many nobles were in that scene, such as one Lillian de Balzo. Could that be our Liana del Balzo?

If you make a google search you will find this info:

"....Count Santiago Oneto of Spain, Baroness Lillian de Balzo of Hungary, and Princess Irina Wassilchikoff (Russia)."

Was del Balzo a baroness?

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Post by PeplumParadise » 23/09/2020, 23:45

ChristofferSlotte wrote:
23/09/2020, 23:00
there is a banquet in Ben-Hur - the one at Arrius hanging gardens. According to the souvenir book many nobles were in that scene, such as one Lillian de Balzo. Could that be our Liana del Balzo?

If you make a google search you will find this info:

"....Count Santiago Oneto of Spain, Baroness Lillian de Balzo of Hungary, and Princess Irina Wassilchikoff (Russia)."

Was del Balzo a baroness?
There's no food seen or consumed in the scene so I don't think it can be called a banquet, more of a drinks party to make his announcement.

She has one known credit as Liliana Del Balzo, so it quite likely does refer to her. I've looked carefully through that scene and she does not appear identifiably, though there many who are only seen out of focus in the background or too small to identify, so it's quite possible she is amongst those, but we'll probably never know for sure unless there are some on set shots or footage of the extras from that scene.

In any case I guess that could explain how she came to be listed on IMDb.

The only online references to Baroness Lillian de Balzo of Hungary all relate to Ben-Hur, so whether this was a real title or one made up for publicity is hard to know.

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Re: Liana Del Balzo

Post by Johan Melle » 09/10/2020, 18:59

La monaca di Monza (1969) as Nun
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