Morana, Eleonora


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Morana, Eleonora

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:05

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Eleonora Morana in Don Chisciotte e Sancio Panza (1968)

Eleonora Morana was a character actress active in small roles in Italian films and television from at least the mid-late 50's until the mid-80's.

With somewhat unconventional looks, she tended to get cast in "ugly duckling" roles, often to comic effect. In the 70's she divided her time playing slightly creepy or weird roles alongside a variety of maids and housekeepers. While she was more often credited, there are also a small number of uncredited appearances found for her, so it's quite possible that more will appear - maybe some early roles since she was already in her mid-30's when her known film career commenced.

Wikipedia and IMDb both give her unconfirmed birth details as September 13th 1922 in Milan, Italy. IMDb has recently added the information that Eleonora died on August 23rd 2011 in Legnago, Italy, at the age of 88, however I have not found any other reports to corroborate this. No other biographical details are currently known.

Filmography
1957
  1. Medea (TV movie) .... Member of the chorus (credited as Eleonora Maria Morana)

    1958
  2. Mia nonna poliziotto .... Wedding dress fitter (uncredited)
  3. Ricordati di Napoli .... Stella Coppa (credited)
  4. Umiliati e offesi (TV mini-series) - ep. 1, 2 .... A woman (credited)

    1960
  5. I pirati della costa .... Woman at court (credited)
  6. Le signore .... Irene (credited)

    1961
  7. Cagliostro (TV movie) .... A woman (credited)
  8. Le avventure di Mary Read .... Miss Elizabeth (credited)

    1962
  9. Diciottenni al sole .... Maggie (credited)
  10. Gli eroi del doppio gioco .... Ernestina Liguori (credited)
  11. Più rosa che giallo (TV series) - ep.: "Delitto alla televisione" .... role? (credited)
  12. Venere imperiale .... Dance pupil (uncredited)

    1963
  13. Ercole contro Moloch .... Long-term prisoner (uncredited)
  14. I compagni .... Vice principal (uncredited)
  15. L'invincibile cavaliere mascherato .... Rosaria (credited?)
  16. Peppino al balcone (TV series) - ep. 3 .... One of the public (credited)

    1964
  17. Il magnifico cornuto .... Party guest (uncredited)
  18. Maciste nell'inferno di Gengis Khan .... Leader of the angry villagers (uncredited)

    1965
  19. Con rispetto parlando .... Woman in the tailor's shop (uncredited)
  20. Gli amanti latini .... Gargiulo's wife (credited)

    1966
  21. Assassinio nella cattedrale (TV movie) .... Woman of Canterbury (credited)
  22. Per un pugno di canzoni .... The school teacher (credited - role unconfirmed)
  23. Zorro il ribelle .... Consuela (credited)

    1967
  24. I giorni dell'ira .... General store proprietor (credited)

    1968
  25. Don Chisciotte e Sancio Panza .... Governess (credited)
  26. E per tetto un cielo di stelle .... Woman with baby at telegraph post (uncredited)
  27. I 2 pompieri .... Commander's wife (credited)
  28. Il circolo Pickwick (TV series) - ep. 2, 3 .... The director of Westgate College (credited)
  29. Il poverello (TV series) - ep. 4 .... Giovanna (credited)
  30. Quarta parete .... Housemaid (credited)
  31. Stasera Fernandel (TV series) - ep. 2: "Terrore al castello" .... Berta (credited)

    1969
  32. I fratelli Karamazov (TV mini-series) - ep. 1 .... Woman in the post office (credited)
  33. Puro siccome un angelo papà mi fece monaco... di Monza .... Musician nun (uncredited)
  34. Zorro marchese di Navarra .... Isabella (credited)

    1970
  35. Di fronte alla legge (TV series) - ep.: "Il testimone" .... Wife of the lorry driver (credited)
  36. F.B.I. - Francesco Bertolazzi Investigatore (TV series) - ep. 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" .... Wedding guest (uncredited)
  37. Principe coronato cercasi per ricca ereditiera .... Creditor (uncredited)

    1971
  38. Armiamoci e partite! .... Woman waiting to use the toilet (credited)
  39. I racconti di Padre Brown (TV series) - ep. 2: "Il duello del dottor Hirsch" .... The Englishwoman (credited as Elonora Morana)
  40. Racconti Italiani del '900 (TV series) - ep.: "La pera" .... Manageress of the guest house (credited)
  41. Tara Poki .... Housekeeper (credited)

    1972
  42. Girolimoni, il mostro di Roma .... Assunta (credited)
  43. Il lutto si addice as Elettra (TV movie) .... Louise (credited)
  44. Storia di fifa e di coltello .... Woman talking to Franco (credited)
  45. Tentativo di fuga (TV movie) .... role? (credited)

    1973
  46. Il fiore dai petali d'acciaio .... Surgeon (credited)
  47. Sogni proibiti di Don Galeazzo curato di campagna .... Angelica (credited)
  48. Storia di una monaca di clausura .... Peasant woman (uncredited)

    1974
  49. Il sorriso del grande tentatore .... Nun (credited)
  50. Innocenza e turbamento .... Rosalia (credited)
  51. La figlia di Iorio (TV movie) .... "La vecchia delle erbe" (credited)
  52. La polizia chiede aiuto .... Polvesi housekeeper (credited)

    1975
  53. Amore vuol dir gelosia .... Disapproving neighbour (credited)
  54. Il giustiziere di mezzogiorno .... Nursing nun (credited)
  55. Il medaglione insanguinato (Perché?!) .... Contessa's maid (credited)
  56. Libera, amore mio! .... The fascist teacher (credited)
  57. Macchie solari .... Eleonora (credited)
  58. Una città in fondo alla strada (TV mini-series) - ep. 1, 2, 5 .... Chiara's aunt (credited)

    1976
  59. Bettina (TV mini-series) - ep. 1: "La putta onorata" .... Pasqua (credited)
  60. Caro Michele .... Colarosa maid (credited)
  61. Dov'è Anna? (TV mini-series) - ep. 6 .... Secretary (credited)
  62. Il garofano rosso (TV mini-series) - ep. 1-3 .... Madame Ludovica (credited)
  63. Movie Rush - La febbre del cinema .... Ines Arbizzani (credited)
  64. Telefoni bianchi .... Marcella's mother (credited)

    1977
  65. Il marito in collegio .... Motorist (uncredited)
  66. Oedipus orca .... Dr. Garbi's secretary (credited)

    1982
  67. Il buon soldato .... One of Aunt Adele's friends (credited)
  68. Il giovane dottor Freud (TV mini-series) - ep. 1 .... Hysterical woman (credited)
  69. Parole e sangue (TV mini-series) - ep. 3 .... Janitor (uncredited)
  70. Una questione privata (TV movie) .... Peasant woman (credited)

    1983
  71. Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (TV mini-series) - ep. 1, 2, 3 .... Contessa Menegazzi (credited)
More Eleonora!
There are still some credits listed online which I have not yet been able to find. If you have images or credits of Eleonora in any of these you know what to do.
  • Oltraggio al pudore (1964) - ANICA as Asuncion
  • Eroe vagabondo (1966) - ANICA
  • Il mistero (TV movie, 1967) - IMDb as Marta

    Images are also needed for the following titles included in her filmography from TV guide listings.
  • Cagliostro (1961) as A woman
  • Più rosa che giallo (1962)
  • Peppino al balcone (1963) as One of the public
  • Il poverello (1968) as Giovanna
  • Di fronte alla legge (1970) as Wife of the lorry driver
  • Racconti Italiani del '900 (1971) as Manageress of the guest house
  • Il giovane dottor Freud (1982) as Hysterical woman
Morana is missing!
There always has to be one! Films where Eleonora is credited somewhere but where I have been unable to find her for whatever reason.
  • L'oro di Roma (1961) ANICA and IMDb as Annetta. Our exhaustive research into this title failed to find Eleonora, my guess would be that someone mistook her in the uncredited role played by Adriana Facchetti.
  • La orca (1976) IMDb with no role, she does not appear - presumably confused with her appearance in the sequel, Oedipus orca, the following year.
  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (1989) Listed as a cast member on ANICA, but it's actually a certain Eleonora Manara that is listed in the credits and this appears to be a different actress. There's no sight of "our" Eleonora anywhere in the film - Johan
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Re: Eleonora Morana

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:08

Medea (1957) TV movie, credited as Eleonora Maria Morana, as Member of the chorus
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Ricordati di Napoli (1958) credited, as Stella Coppa
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:16

Umiliati e offesi (1958) TV mini-series, Eleonora appears credited in episodes 1 & 2 (of 4), as "A woman".

Episode 1
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I pirati della costa (1960) credited, as Woman at court
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Le signore (1960) credited, as Irene
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:40

Cagliostro (1961) TV movie, credited in Radiocorriere TV guide, as "A woman" (how's that for typecasting!)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:43

Le avventure di Mary Read (1961) credited, in a wonderful little comic role, as Miss Elizabeth
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Diciottenni al sole (1962) credited, as Maggie
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/07/2020, 22:49

Gli eroi del doppio gioco (1962) credited, as Ernestina Liguori
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