Zanussi, Isabella

the most famous and prolific background actresses of Italian cinema
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Zanussi, Isabella

Post by Ciavazzaro » 30/08/2018, 4:41

Isabella Zanussi in the fotoromanzo "La prima moglie" (1981)
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Isabella is another great generica, the daughter of one of our most beloved generiche Lydia Zanussi, as her mother she do appear in a lot of movie, and seems to be credited only in the movie I gabbiani volano bassi (1978).

Filmography
1972
  1. Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi .... Audience member at the political convention (uncredited)

    1973
  2. Diario di una vergine romana .... Spectator in the arena (uncredited)
  3. Il sergente Rompiglioni .... Woman at the rehearsal (uncredited)
  4. La proprietà non è più un furto .... Woman at the security equipment demonstration (uncredited)
  5. Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia .... Salussoglia's secretary (uncredited)
  6. Qui squadra mobile (TV series) - episode 5: "Un'indagine alla rovescia" .... Client of the fortune teller (uncredited)
  7. Un ufficiale non si arrende mai nemmeno di fronte all'evidenza, firmato Colonnello Buttiglione .... Woman at military celebration (uncredited)

    1974
  8. Alla mia cara mamma nel giorno del suo compleanno .... Wedding guest (uncredited)
  9. Il domestico .... Woman at the airport (uncredited)
  10. Il poliziotto è marcio .... Woman at the art gallery (uncredited)
  11. L'ossessa .... Party guest (uncredited)
  12. La polizia chiede aiuto .... Policewoman (uncredited)
  13. La poliziotta .... The journalist (uncredited)
  14. Paolo Barca,maestro elementare,praticamente nudista .... Woman on train (uncredited)
  15. Un fiocco nero per Deborah .... Party guest (uncredited)

    1975
  16. Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia .... Wedding guest (uncredited)
  17. Emanuelle nera .... Party guest (uncredited)
  18. Fantozzi .... Woman at the Catellani's game night (uncredited)
  19. I baroni .... Party guest (uncredited)
  20. L'anatra all'arancia .... Member of the "Mamma mia" wine commission (uncredited)
  21. L'esorciccio .... Woman at the speech (uncredited)
  22. La liceale .... Woman in resturant (uncredited)
  23. La poliziotta fa carriera .... Woman at ceremony (uncredited)
  24. La pupa del gangster .... Nightclub client (uncredited)
  25. La supplente .... The teacher (uncredited)
  26. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire .... Party guest (uncredited)

    1976
  27. Cadaveri eccellenti .... Party guest (uncredited)
  28. Colpita da improvviso benessere .... Spectator at the hippodrome (uncredited)
  29. Come cani arrabbiati .... Party guest (uncredited)
  30. Emanuelle nera n. 2 .... Party guest (uncredited)
  31. Eva Nera .... Party guest (uncredited)
  32. I prosseneti .... Party guest (uncredited)
  33. Il comune senso del pudore .... Woman in cinema (uncredited)
  34. Il maestro di violino .... Party guest (uncredited)
  35. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi .... Fish shop customer (uncredited)
  36. Il trucido e lo sbirro .... Train passenger (uncredited)
  37. Natale in casa d'appuntamento .... Woman dancing with Filippo Perego (uncredited)
  38. Paura in città .... Woman boarding the airplane (uncredited)
  39. Pronto ad uccidere .... Hostage during the robbery (uncredited)
  40. Roma, l'altra faccia della violenza .... Woman at the funeral (uncredited)
  41. Roma a mano armata .... Hostage during the bank robbery (uncredited)
  42. Spogliamoci così senza pudor .... Friend of the Partibon family (uncredited)
  43. Telefoni bianchi .... Woman at the cinema premiere (uncredited)
  44. Uomini si nasce, poliziotti si muore .... Shocked witness to the purse snatching (uncredited)

    1977
  45. L'altra metà del cielo .... The wife of Antonio Maimone (uncredited)
  46. La vergine, il toro e il capricorno .... Audience member at the football match (uncredited)

    1978
  47. I gabbiani volano basso .... role? (credited)
  48. La banda del gobbo .... Nightclub client (uncredited)
  49. La settima donna .... Hostage during the robbery (uncredited)
  50. Le notti porno nel mondo n. 2 .... Woman in nightclub, watching the sexy ping pong act (uncredited)
  51. Le témoin a.k.a. Il testimone .... Audience member at the concert (uncredited)
  52. Napoli... serenata calibro 9 .... Woman robbed at Savastano's party (uncredited)

    1979
  53. Gardenia, il giustiziere della mala .... Party guest (uncredited)
  54. Il fiume del grande caimano .... Tourist-victim on the river boat (uncredited)
  55. La luna .... One of Caterina's fans (uncredited)
  56. Letti selvaggi .... Woman in casinò (uncredited)
  57. Tesoromio .... Woman in theatre (uncredited)

    1980
  58. L'avvertimento .... Giorgio Massimiliano's wife (uncredited)
  59. L'insegnante viene a casa .... Wedding guest (uncredited)
  60. Odio le bionde .... Casino guest (uncredited)
  61. Rag. Arturo De Fanti, bancario precario(uncredited) .... Woman outside the theatre (uncredited)
  62. Sbamm! .... Spectator at the classical music concert (uncredited)

    1981
  63. Delitto al ristorante cinese .... Restaurant customer (uncredited)
  64. Fracchia la belva umana .... Restaurant customer (uncredited)
  65. Innamorato pazzo .... Journalist at the airport (uncredited)
  66. Spaghetti a mezzanotte .... Party guest with red dress (uncredited)
  67. The Salamander .... Woman at the funeral (uncredited)

    1982
  68. Extrasensorial .... Dancer (uncredited)
  69. Il paramedico .... Party guest (uncredited)
  70. La sconosciuta (TV mini-series) .... Woman at auction (uncredited)
  71. Sesso e volentieri - segment "Armanda e il violinista" .... Restaurant customer (uncredited)

    1984
  72. ...e la vita continua (TV mini series) .... Bar customer (uncredited)

Other works
  • A tutto gag (TV variety show, 1980) - ep. 4, toothpaste commercial sketch .... Party guest (uncredited)

Fotoromanzi
  1. "Oltre l'amore" (Fotoromanzo a puntate - published in Sogno from May to October 1952) - credited
  2. "Nancy nel deserto" - Cineromanzo N. 6 (June 1974)
  3. "La prima moglie" - Katiuscia N. 2 (February 1981) - credited
  4. "La ferita del cuore" - Bluejeans N. 56 (July 1981) - credited
  5. "La notte del destino" - Katrin N. 74 (August 1981) - credited
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Re: Isabella Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 15/09/2018, 4:31

Isabella Zanussi began her acting career in 1952 at the age of 16 when she appeared in the fotoromanzo "Oltre l'amore", published in the magazine Sogno from May to October 1952. In doing so, she followed in the footsteps of her mother, Lydia Zanussi, who was already an established character actress in the fotoromanzi published in Sogno.

Here are a few scans of Isabella in the fotoromanzo "Oltre l'amore" where she plays a young novice who is terminally ill
Oltre L'Amore - Isabella Zanussi1.jpg
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Isabella is also briefly talked about in the letter column in Sogno N. 43 (26 October 1952) and it is from here we know that she is the daughter of Lydia Zanussi and that she was 16 years old in 1952
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Re: Isabella Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 15/09/2018, 4:40

Unlike her mother, who was a very prolific actress in fotoromanzi throughout the 1950s, Isabella doesn't appear to have been in any further fotoromanzi until much, much later. In fact, the next fotoromanzo discovery of Isabella is from 22 years later in "Nancy nel deserto" (published in Cineromanzo N. 6 from June 1974) where she appears uncredited together with Luciano Zanussi
Nancy Nel Deserto - Luciano+Isabella Zanussi1.jpg
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Lydia Zanussi appears in this fotoromanzo, too, but not in the same scenes as Isabella and Luciano. So, three actors named Zanussi in the same fotoromanzo. A coincidence...?


Isabella also has a credited and pretty substantial role as Mark Bodin's mother in the fotoromanzo Katiuscia N. 2: "La prima moglie" (February 1981)
La Prima Moglie - Isabella Zanussi1.jpg
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She also has a small but credited role Bluejeans N. 56: "La ferita del cuore" (July 1981)
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And finally in Katrin N. 74: "La notte del destino" (August 1981) where she is once again credited
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Re: Isabella Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 15/09/2018, 4:56

Unfortunately, we have no idea what Isabella was up to in the 1950s and 60s, but we do know that she was a very active generica during the 1970s and 80s as we've found her in many films. Here are a few roles - all uncredited:

Isabella as the secretary of Richard Conte in Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (1973) - identified by cinemaitaliano
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Isabella together with her mother Lydia as a fish shop customer in Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976) - identified by Ghibarian
Secondo Tragico Fantozzi - Isabella Zanussi1.jpg

She probably also appears in the ceremony sequence in the same film - identified by Ghibarian
Secondo Tragico Fantozzi - Isabella Zanussi2.jpg

Isabella also appears as the wife of Mike Morris in L'avvertimento (1980), wearing the same glasses she has in many of her fotoromanzi
L'Avvertimento - Isabella Zanussi1.jpg
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Isabella at the restaurant in Fracchia la belva umana (1981) - identified by Ghibarian
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Post by Ciavazzaro » 16/09/2018, 0:42

Isabella as party guest in Spaghetti a mezzanotte (1981)
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With her mother in the TV mini series La sconosciuta (1982) - pic from dusso
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And here in La supplente (1975)
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and maybe she have the same glasses she used in Il secondo tragico Fantozzi, but I'm not absolutely sure
Isabella's role is quite BIG,she do appear a lot of times,and she speaks a lot,
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Post by Ciavazzaro » 16/09/2018, 0:48

But in the meantime i also found many new roles for her,in the late times i found her in every movie i see !!

Here in La poliziotta (1974) as journalist
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And in L'altra metà del cielo (1977) as wife of Antonio Maimone
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As i said before Isabella in the train scene from Paolo Barca, maestro elementare, praticamente nudista (1974) together with her mother
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Cult role in La banda del gobbo (1978) where is one of the hostage of il "gobbo" together with Lanfranco Spinola
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In La poliziotta fa carriera (1975) as woman at the ceremony
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Spogliamoci così senza pudor (1976) as friend of the Partibon family
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And now i have found Isabella in a couple of roles from Emanuelle movies:

In the original Emanuelle nera (1975) as party guest
Emanuelle Nera - Isabella Zanussi1.jpg
Emanuelle Nera - Isabella Zanussi2.jpg

And in the sequel Emanuelle nera n. 2 (1976) as party guest together with Decio Gambini, Erminio Bianchi and Attilio Pelegatti
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Post by Ciavazzaro » 16/09/2018, 1:09

After having found so many roles for our mother, i think is right to add some more roles for our Isabella too, since i found her in many movies, lately.

With Augusto Innocenzi in La Liceale (1975)
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Together with Giuseppe Marrocco in Il domestico (1974)
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Was very nice to noticed that Isabella is present also in the first Fantozzi (1975), again with a black wig
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As party guest (in the same scene again with Luciano Zanussi) in Il paramedico (1982)
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Post by Ciavazzaro » 16/09/2018, 1:26

Like her mother Isabella is quite everywhere

With Giuseppe Marocco at the football match in La vergine, il toro e il capricorno (1977)
Vergine Toro Capricorno - Isabella Zanussi.jpg

It really looks like that Isabella loved to wear many differents wigs, here she wears a grey one in I prosseneti (1976) as party guest
I Prosseneti - Isabella Zanussi.jpg

And now an important one, the earliest so far in Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi (1972)
Incensurato Provata - Isabella Zanussi.jpg

Party guest in I baroni (1975)
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Party guest in Cadaveri Eccellenti (1975)
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Again with Luciano Zanussi (wife and husband, who knows?) in Ragionier Arturo De Fanti, bancario precario (1980)
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At the funeral with countless other generici in The Salamander (1981)
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She speaks some words in Maestro di violino (1976) in a scene with Domenico Modugno
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Isabella again with Luciano in Un ufficiale non si arrende mai nemmeno di fronte all'evidenza, firmato Colonnello Buttiglione (1973)
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