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Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 30/08/2018, 2:35
by Johan Melle
Irina Wassilchikoff in Indagine su un delitto perfetto (1978)
Indagine - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Here is another familiar face in many Italian films from the 1970s. Prior to identifying her, I gave her the nickname "Old Countess" because she has a somewhat regal appearance and always seems to be playing noblewomen of high society women, and we later learned that she really was a noblewoman in real life.

She was identified by Ciavazzaro thanks to the film Ash Wednesday (1973) in which she is credited as Irina Wassilchikoff, and Ciavazzaro also found an old news article about about the Hollywood epic Ben-Hur (1959), stating that several noblemen and noblewomen were used as extras for a party scene, and among these the Russian princess Irina Wassilchikoff.

The genealogy website Geneanet has a listing for a certain Princesse Irina Vassiltchikov: here.
She's listed as being born on 28 August 1910 and died 26 February 1992, and her parents are listed as Prince Hilarion Vassiltchikov and Princess Lydia Léonidovna Wiazemsky. Based on the extensive information listed for this family, the informations looks convincing.

  1. Follie per l'opera (uncredited) .... Dancing woman

  2. Le infedeli (uncredited) .... One of Luisa's friends

  3. Risate di gioia (uncredited) .... Party guest at the German villa

  4. Leoni al sole (credited as Irina Wassillikof) .... Marilù O'Connor

  5. Gidget Goes to Rome (uncredited) .... Party guest
  6. The Pink Panther (uncredited) .... Holiday guest at Cortina d'Ampezzo / Costume party guest

  7. I marziani hanno 12 mani (uncredited) .... Party guest

  8. After the Fox (uncredited) .... Audience member at the cinema
  9. Io, io, io... e gli altri (uncredited) .... Woman at the awards ceremony

  10. 100 ragazze per un playboy (uncredited) .... Party guest
  11. Il tigre (uncredited) .... Party guest

  12. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (uncredited) .... Friend of the Countess
  13. Candy (uncredited) .... Woman at the operation and at the post-op party
  14. House of Cards (uncredited) .... Party guest
  15. La matriarca (uncredited) .... Party guest
  16. La pecora nera (uncredited) .... Party guest
  17. Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? (uncredited) .... Party guest
  18. Scusi, facciamo l'amore? (uncredited) .... Woman waiting for the funeral
  19. Straziami ma di baci saziami (uncredited) .... Party guest

  20. The Adventurers (uncredited) .... Party guest

  21. Tre donne: L'automobile (TV) (uncredited) .... Restaurant diner

  22. Avanti! (uncredited) .... Elegant woman on the plane
  23. La prima notte di quiete (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  24. Questa specie d'amore (uncredited) .... Banquest guest
  25. Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral

  26. Ash Wedensday (credited) .... Silvana Del Campo
  27. Io e lui (uncredited) .... Party guest

  28. L'erotomane (uncredited) .... Member on the board of directors

  29. Attenti al buffone (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  30. Cadaveri eccellenti (uncredited) .... Party guest
  31. I baroni (uncredited) .... Party guest
  32. Mahogany (uncredited) .... Woman at fashion show
  33. Un genio, due compari, un pollo (uncredited) .... Dinner guest

  34. Il comune senso del pudore (uncredited) .... Princess
  35. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (uncredited) .... Party guest
  36. L'innocente (uncredited) .... Party guest
  37. Telefoni bianchi (uncredited) .... Party guest

  38. Dove vai in vacanza ? (uncredited) .... Woman in resturant
  39. Indagine su un delitto perfetto (uncredited) .... Friend of Lady Clementine
  40. La cage aux folles / Il vizietto (uncredited) .... Nightclub client

  41. Caro papà (uncredited) .... Party guest
  42. Uno sceriffo extraterrestre poco extra e molto terrestre (uncredited) .... Woman at the firemen's ball

  43. L'avvertimento (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

  • Per amore (1976, as Irina Wassilchkoff?) .... Marina's mother (sources: IMDb,

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 03/09/2018, 21:18
by Johan Melle
She gets a nice close-up and some brief dialogue in L'erotomane (1974) where she plays one of the members on the board of directos
irina erotomane.jpg

She is also featured at the party in Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976) - at the dinner table:
irina secondo fantozzi.jpg

There she becomes the victim of one of Fantozzi's clumsy accidents during the dinner
irina secondo fantozzi1.jpg

She is also a party guest in Telefoni bianchi (1976), where Vittorio Gassman tries to get her to takes some cocaine
irina telefoni.jpg
irina telefoni1.jpg
irina telefoni2.jpg

And here finally as a wedding guest in L'avvertimento (1980)
irina avvertimento.jpg

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 03/09/2018, 21:22
by Ciavazzaro
Great news i have identify her !

Yesterday while watching for new generici, i look at the imdb cast list for the movie Gidget Goes to Rome (1963). Among the uncredited names there was a woman playing a role called "lean party guest", and when i saw the movie i recognize that the lean woman was our generica!

So in order to see if she was really her i search for the credited roles of that actress, and i check on Ash Wednesday (1973) where she is credited, and just look who is here in a speaking role, present in many scenes:
Yes our old countess !!!
So let me introduced you Irina Wassilchikoff

At the end Johan was very right in calling her countess, because our generica is really a noblewoman !
I have read an article about Ben-Hur (1959) in wich it is written that the director uses several real nobleman and noblewoman to play generici roles in the party scene, and among them is the Princess Irina Wassilchikoff from Russia!

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 03/09/2018, 21:28
by Ciavazzaro
And here is her uncredited speaking role in Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) where she even dance !

Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? (1968)

Party guest in Cadaveri eccellenti (1975)
Cadaveri Eccellenti - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Scusi, facciamo l'amore? (1968)
Scusi Facciamo - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Avanti! (1972)

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 03/09/2018, 21:32
by Ciavazzaro
Speaking role with a nice-close up as german translator in Il comune senso del pudore (1976)
and Noiret called her principessa ! :cool:

Nice role in Bel ami 2000 a.k.a. 100 ragazze per un playboy (1967)
She is a woman who sees the protagonist naked and she faint, surrended by Howard Nelson Rubien !

But when she is taken away in an ambulance she wanted the naked man back :D

As wife of Nando Sarlo in I baroni (1975)

Two more party guest roles for Irina:

Straziami ma di baci saziami (1968)
Straziami - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Io e lui (1973) on the left
Io E Lui - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 03/09/2018, 21:35
by Ciavazzaro
How much i love Irina! In every movie have always a different dress (unlike the other generici you know very well often used the same dress in many many movies :D

Here at the resturant together with Sordi in Dove vai in vacanza? (1978)

Can our Irina miss a party ?
Off course not and here in La matriarca (1968) with a new dress as always
Matriarca - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

And with Margherita Horowitz in Questa specie d'amore (1972) - pic by Emiliano
Questa Specie D'Amore - Wassilchikoff.jpg

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 26/09/2018, 1:36
by Johan Melle
Irina also shows up in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) together with another nobleman generico, Andrea Esterhazy - as a friend of the countess played by Giovanna Galletti
Buonasera Mrs Campbell - Wassilchikoff.jpg

And she's also fittingly cast as one of the aristocratic party guests in Visconti's L'innocente (1976)
L'Innocente - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

And it's not possible to get a good pic but she's for sure sitting at the same table as Filippo Perego in La cage aux folles a.k.a. Il vizietto (1978)
Cage Aux Folles - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 26/09/2018, 1:44
by Johan Melle
Also, since she was a princess, I've been searching around for her as there should be some information about her available out there, and on the genealogy website Geneanet, I came across a very interesting listing for a certain Irina Vassiltchikov: ... siltchikov

She's listed as a princess, born on 28 August 1910 and died 26 February 1992. Her parents are listed as Prince Hilarion Vassiltchikov and Princess Lydia Léonidovna Wiazemsky.

Of course, I can't guarantee for the accuracy of this info, but if you start clicking on the links, there's extensive information entered for this family and other relatives and ancestors etc, so it looks quite convincing.

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 17/10/2018, 21:57
by Johan Melle
So.... should we update the first post with this information I found, or...?

In any case, here are two new roles:

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (1972) as Woman at funeral
Sbatti Il Mostro - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg
pic by Emiliano

Attenti al buffone (1975) as Woman at funeral
Attenti Al Buffone - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg

Caro papà (1979) as Party guest
Caro Papa - Irina Wassilchikoff.jpg
Caro Papa - Irina Wassilchikoff2.jpg

Re: Irina Wassilchikoff

Posted: 17/10/2018, 22:00
by Ciavazzaro
I think we should write it, if it is not correct we can change it, but i think she is really her (we already knew she was a noblewoman).