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Lydia Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 29/08/2018, 23:35

Lydia Zanussi in ...continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (1971)
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Alias: Lidia Zanussi, Lia Zanussi.

Lydia Zanussi was one of the most important character actresses in fotoromanzi during the 1950s, playing numerous important and credited roles in fotoromanzi published in magazines like Sogno, Cine Illustrato, Luna Park and Grand Hotel.

Lydia was also active in films, and during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, she was one of the most recognizable 'golden girls' of the generici scene. It seems the only film she was ever credited in was Grog (1982), but she played fairly large roles in some other films, too, such as La clinica dell'amore (1976).

Her daughter is Isabella Zanussi, who also worked as a generica for many years.

Lydia Zanussi was identified by Emiliano, who found her credited in the fotoromanzo "Io ho solo l'amore", with the help of Simone Ribeiro.

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FILMOGRAPHY

1952
  1. Noi due soli (uncredited) .... Woman at bus stop

    1953
  2. Siamo tutti inquilini (uncredited) .... Woman watching the appartment
  3. Via Padova 46 (Lo scocciatore) (uncredited) .... Caffè Italia customer

    1954
  4. Camilla (uncredited) .... Banquet guest

    1966
  5. Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario? (uncredited) .... Party guest
  6. Io, io, io... e gli altri (uncredited) .... Woman at the theatre

    1967
  7. Arriva Dorellik (uncredited) .... One of the Duponts
  8. Assalto al tesoro di stato (uncredited) .... Woman on the train
  9. C'era una volta (uncredited) .... Donna Eugenia's handmaid
  10. Tutto Totò (TV series) - episode 9: "Premio Nobel" (uncredited) .... Woman at the Nobel ceremony

    1968
  11. Brutti di notte (uncredited) .... Franco's aunt
  12. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (uncredited) .... Woman at the fancy restaurant
  13. La famiglia Benvenuti (TV series) - episode 6 (uncredited) .... A mother
  14. La morte ha fatto l'uovo (uncredited) .... Party guest
  15. Odissea (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman of the court
  16. Sissignore (uncredited) .... Woman at the ship launching

    1969
  17. L'alibi (uncredited) .... Party guest
  18. La monaca di Monza (uncredited) .... Nun
  19. Giocando a golf una mattina (TV Mini-Series) (uncredited) .... Woman at the club

    1970
  20. FBI - Francesco Bertolazzi investigatore (TV series) - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (uncredited) .... Woman in film footage
  21. I racconti di Padre Brown (TV series) - episode 6: "Il re dei ladri" (uncredited) .... Audience member at the pantomime show
  22. Lacrime d'amore (uncredited) .... London hotel client
  23. Lady Barbara (uncredited) .... Woman at the drinking fountain
  24. Satiricosissimo (uncredited) .... Restaurant diner

    1971
  25. ...continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (uncredited) .... Restaurant diner
  26. Il provinciale (uncredited) .... Woman at the nightclub
  27. In nome del popolo italiano (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1972
  28. Avanti! / Che cosa è successo tra mio padre e tua madre? (uncredited) .... Hotel guest
  29. Il generale dorme in piedi (uncredited) .... Spectator
  30. Il terrore con gli occhi storti (uncredited) .... Party guest
  31. Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi (uncredited) .... Charity woman
  32. La prima notte di quiete (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  33. Roma (uncredited) .... Maîtresse
  34. Valeria dentro fuori (uncredited) .... Asylum patient

    1973
  35. Anastasia mio fratello (uncredited) .... Woman in the court room
  36. Buona parte di Paolina (credits?) .... Roman noblewoman
  37. Io e lui (uncredited) .... Old woman on the stairs
  38. La Tosca (uncredited) .... Party guest
  39. Qui squadra mobile (TV series) - episode 2: "Rapina a mano armata" (uncredited) .... Woman in the crowd
  40. Vogliamo i colonnelli (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral

    1974
  41. La poliziotta (uncredited) ...Woman at ceremony
  42. L'erotomane (uncredited) .... Woman in the palace
  43. Il bacio di una morta (uncredited) .... Woman in cabaret
  44. Il lumacone (uncredited) .... Woman at the conference (pic lost)
  45. Il poliziotto è marcio (uncredited) .... Woman at the art gallery
  46. Paolo il freddo (uncredited) .... Party guest
  47. Sistemo l'America e torno (uncredited) .... Airplane passenger

    1975
  48. Ah sí? E io lo dico a Zzzorro! (uncredited) .... Faithful church attendee
  49. Attenti al buffone (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  50. Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  51. L'esorciccio (uncredited) .... Sisto's mother
  52. La novizia (uncredited) .... Woman in church
  53. La poliziotta fa carriera (uncredited) .... Woman outside Gianna's home
  54. Le orme (uncredited) .... Chairwoman at the international congress
  55. Lezioni private (uncredited) .... Woman at funeral
  56. Mondo candido (uncredited) .... Hippie woman
  57. Paolo Barca, maestro elementare, praticamente nudista (uncredited) ...Old woman on the train
  58. Quel movimento che mi piace tanto (uncredited) .... Party guest
  59. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire (uncredited) .... Party guest
  60. Salon Kitty (uncredited) .... Client at Salon Kitty

    1976
  61. Bluff - Storia di truffe e di imbroglioni (uncredited) .... Casino gambler
  62. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (uncredited) .... Fish shop customer
  63. La clinica dell'amore (uncredited) .... Gianni Solaro's mother
  64. Maestro di violino (uncredited) .... Bar customer at polo club
  65. Mark colpisce ancora (uncredited) .... Woman at street café
  66. Natale in casa d'appuntamento (uncredited) .... Party guest
  67. Roma, l'altra faccia della violenza (uncredited) .... Party guest who is robbed
  68. Spogliamoci così senza pudor (uncredited) .... Friend of the Partibon family

    1977
  69. Gran bollito (uncredited) .... Woman in church

    1978
  70. Emanuelle e le porno notti (uncredited) .... Horny woman sitting on dildo-chair
  71. I gabbiani volano basso (uncredited) .... Old woman getting on the airplane
  72. La cage aux folles / Il vizietto (uncredited) .... Nightclub client
  73. Le témoin / Il testimone (uncredited) .... Woman at the hotel
  74. Poliziotto senza paura (uncredited) .... Restaurant diner

    1979
  75. Caro papà (uncredited) .... Old woman at the cello concert
  76. Mani di velluto (uncredited) .... One of the Minister's relatives
  77. Martin Eden (TV mini series) .... Passerby on the street

    1980
  78. Arrivano i gatti (uncredited) .... Old woman at the notary's office
  79. Fico d'India (uncredited) .... Old woman on the balcony
  80. L'avvertimento (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  81. La cage aux folles II / Il vizietto II (uncredited) .... Guest at Manderstam's birthday party
  82. Sono fotogenico (uncredited) .... Extra at Cinecittà

    1981
  83. Fracchia la belva umana (uncredited) .... Signora Franchini, an old neighbor
  84. L'assistente sociale tutto pepe... (uncredited) .... Nun
  85. Occhio alla penna! (uncredited) ... Old woman in the train dining car
  86. The Salamander (uncredited) .... Party guest
  87. Una vacanza del cactus (uncredited) .... Casino player

    1982
  88. Grog (credited as Lidia Zanussi) .... Game show contestant in wheelchair
  89. La sconosciuta (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman at the auction
  90. Liszt Ferenc (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Audience member at the concert

    1983
  91. Benvenuta (uncredited) .... Restaurant guest
  92. Massimamente folle (uncredited) .... role?

    1984
  93. La bella Otero (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman at the casino

    1985
  94. Caccia al ladro d'autore (TV series) - episode 6: "Il calice di Murano" (uncredited) .... Countess Jaszewski, a guest of the countess

OTHER WORKS
  • "Femministe" (1972) (TV spot for Birra Peroni) .... Feminist
  • La sberla (1978) (TV variety show) - ep. 3, sketch "L'atelier" .... Woman at the fashion show

FOTOROMANZI
  1. "Il mio prigioniero" (Published in Sogno from May to October 1950)
  2. "Principessa in esilio" (Published in Sogno from July to December 1951)
  3. "Noi che ci amiamo" (Published in Sogno from December 1951 to May 1952)
  4. "Il nostro amore impossibile" (Published in Sogno from October 1952 to March 1953)
  5. "Ho scelto il tuo amore" (Published in Sogno from November 1953 to April 1954)
  6. "Desiderio d'amore" (Published in Sogno from April to August 1954) - credited
  7. "Io ho solo l'amore" (Published in Grand Hotel from May to October 1954) - credited
  8. "Amore e inganno" (Published in Sogno from October 1954 to February 1955) - credited
  9. "Alla conquista di un cuore" (Published in Cine Illustrato from February to July 1955) - credited
  10. "L'incatenata" (Published in Luna Park from April to September 1955) - credited as Lidia Zanussi
  11. "Il prezzo dell'onore" (Published in Cine Illustrato from July to November 1955)
  12. "Un fiore tra le spine" (Published in Sogno from August 1955 to January 1956)
  13. "La voce del sangue" (Published in Cine Illustrato from March to August 1956)
  14. "La figlia dell'assassino" (Published in Sogno from July to December 1956) - credited
  15. "Una donna si ribella" (Published in Sogno from October 1956 to March 1957) - credited as Lia Zanussi
  16. "La donna del sogno" (Published in Polvere di Stelle from April to July 1957) - credited as Lidia Zanussi
  17. Luna Park N. 39: "Jimmy Lord, metti, un giorno alle Bermude" (August 1969)
  18. "I giorni dell'odio e dell'amore" (Published in Sogno from January to June 1970)
  19. Le sexy avventure di Clegg Moore N. 1: "I venerdì di Madame" (1 October 1971)
  20. Cineromanzo N. 6: "Nancy nel deserto" (June 1974)
  21. Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 108: "Susan e Ken: Un amore unico al mondo" (September 1974)
  22. "I fratelli Zaccheo" (Published in Grand Hotel from April to November 1984)

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Re: Lydia Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:19

One of Lydia's greatest roles is as Gianni Solaro's mother in the sex comedy La clinica dell'amore (1976)
Clinica Dell'Amore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Clinica Dell'Amore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

And then some other wonderful 1970s roles. First as one of the party guests (together with countless other generici) in Quel movimento che mi piace tanto (1975)
Quel Movimento - Lydia Zanussi.jpg

As one of the clients in Salon Kitty (1975)
Salon Kitty - Lydia Zanussi.jpg

And as a wedding guest in Attenti al bufone (1975)
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:30

Various 1960s roles.

First as a party guest in Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario? (1966)
Scusi Lei E Favorevole - Lydia Zanussi.jpg
pic by Ciavazzaro

Visible here in the background in Io, io, io... e gli altri (1966)
Io Io Io - Lydia Zanussi.jpg
pic by Ghibarian

Briefly visible as a woman on the train in Assalto al tesoro di stato (1967)
Assalto Tesoro - Lydia Zanussi.jpg

And here a great close-up in a scene full of generici in Arriva Dorellik (1967)
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spotted by Ciavazzaro

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:39

Another party guest role for Lydia in L'alibi (1969)
Alibi - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Alibi - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

And then a few television roles, starting with the famous TV mini series Odissea (1968) where Lydia gets a great close-up
Odissea - Lydia Zanussi.jpg

And here in the mini series Giocando a golf una mattina (1969)
Giocando Golf - Lydia Zanussi.jpg
pic by Ciavazzaro

Lydia can also be spotted in the film footage being watched in the TV series FBI - Francesco Bertolazzi investigatore - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (1970)
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:00

Lydia was first identified on the old Thrilling Forum back in 2011 - by Emiliano, who with the assistance of S. R. / Tenente Colombo found her credited in the fotoromanzo I romanzi di Grand Hotel N. 124: "Io ho solo l'amore" (published 1 september 1966). This, however, is a re-edition, as "Io ho solo l'amore" was originally published in Grand Hotel from May to October 1954.

Here are the scans from this fotoromanzo - courtesy of Emiliano
Io Ho Solo L'Amore1.jpg

Io Ho Solo L'Amore2.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:12

After the discovery of Lydia Zanussi in the fotoromanzo "Io ho solo l'amore", I've started to collect fotoromanzo magazines from the 1950s and have discovered Lydia in a whole bunch of old fotoromanzi - and often in big and important roles, too!

The earliest fotoromanzo in which I've been able to find Lydia is "Il mio prigioniero", which was published in the magazine Sogno from May to October 1950. It's a very small role and uncredited and she only appears in these pics
Il Mio Prigioniero - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Il Mio Prigioniero - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


Lydia then appeared in a bigger (but uncredited) role as the queen mother in the very famous fotoromanzo "Principessa in esilio", which was published in Sogno from July to December 1951, and which also features a very young and still unknown Sophia Loren
Principessa In Esilio - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Principessa In Esilio - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And then a pretty big (but still uncredited) role as the protagonist's unsympathetic aunt in "Noi che ci amiamo", published in Sogno from December 1951 to May 1952
Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg
Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:16

A more sympathetic role for Lydia in the fotoromanzo "Il nostro amore impossibile", published in Sogno from October 1952 to March 1953, and Lydia is still uncredited
Nostro Amore Impossibile - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Nostro Amore Impossibile - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


Still uncredited but quite substantial role as the protagonist's mother in "Ho scelto il tuo amore", published in Sogno from November 1953 to April 1954
Ho Scelto Il Tuo Amore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:25

Finally a credited fotoromanzo role for Lydia in "Desiderio d'amore", published in Sogno from April to August 1954
Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg
Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And credited again in "Amore e inganno" (published in Sogno from October 1954 to February 1955), in which Lydia has one of her very best fotoromanzo roles
Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg
Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

I love this role for Lydia, which is full of great expressions and dramatic poses
Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:33

Lydia is credited yet again in the costumed fotoromanzo production "Alla conquista di un cuore", published in Cine Illustrato from February to July 1955
Alla Conquista - Credits.jpg
Alla Conquista - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Alla Conquista - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


In the fotoromanzo "L'incatenata" (published in Luna Park from April to September 1955), she's credited again, but this time as Lidia Zanussi
L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg
L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


"Il prezzo dell'onore" (published in Cine Illustrato from July to November 1955) - this time Lydia is uncredited again, even though she plays a very substantial role
Prezzo Dell'Onore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:37

Yet another uncredited fotoromanzo role in "Un fiore tra le spine", published in Sogno from August 1955 to January 1956
Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg
Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


Another good but uncredited fotoromanzo role in "La voce del sangue", published in Cine Illustrato from March to August 1956
Voce Del Sangue - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Voce Del Sangue - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

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