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Liana Del Balzo

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Liana Del Balzo portrayed in Cineguida 1961
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Always the epitome of elegance, Liana Del Balzo was an actress and generica active in Italian films from at least the 1930's until the end of the 70's.

According to her biography in the "Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici" book, she was born on March 4th 1899 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and died on March 26th 1982 in Rome, aged 83, and was married to Guido Agnoletti, a well-known opera singer in the 1920's and 30's. Due to various spellings in credits it is unclear if Liana was an abbreviation of Eliana or Giuliana.

Her known film acting career began in 1939, with one role to be confirmed from 1935, but she was active in theatre since at least as early as 1923, so it's quite possible she started appearing in films before this, maybe even during the silent era and also maybe in South America. She generally played uncredited bit parts, with or without dialogue, but from time to time she would get cast in larger character roles. Even from her earliest known roles she almost always got cast in mature roles such as noblewomen, mothers or governesses.

I think it is highly likely that there will be additional roles to be found.


FILMOGRAPHY
1939
  1. Ballo al castello (credited?) .... Gossiping noblewoman (role unconfirmed)
  2. Finisce sempre così (uncredited) .... Hotel maid
  3. Torna, caro ideal! (uncredited) .... Madame de Villet

    1940
  4. Centomila dollari (credited as L. Del Balzo) .... Miss Vernon

    1941
  5. È caduta una donna (uncredited) .... Neighbour
  6. Il re si diverte (uncredited) .... Marquise
  7. Tosca (uncredited) .... Lady-in-waiting to the Marquise

    1942
  8. La mecca dei desideri (Short film) (credited) .... The sculptor's wife

    1943
  9. Apparizione (uncredited) .... Susanna
  10. Sempre più difficile (credited) .... Directress of the Swiss college

    1944
  11. Il diavolo va in collegio (credited) .... Signora Testones

    1949
  12. I pirati di Capri (uncredited) .... Lady at the Queen's feast
  13. Totò cerca casa (uncredited) .... The countess

    1950
  14. Il ladro di Venezia (credited) .... The chaperone

    1951
  15. Amore e sangue (uncredited) .... Role?
  16. Quo Vadis (uncredited) .... Woman preparing Lygia for the arena
  17. Sette ore di guai (uncredited) .... Woman at the baptism
  18. Una bruna indiavolata! (credited) .... Giulio's mother

    1952
  19. Altri tempi (uncredited) .... Spectator in courtroom
  20. Il romanzo della mia vita (uncredited) .... Woman in the trattoria
  21. Moglie per una notte (uncredited) .... Role?

    1953
  22. Giuseppe Verdi (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1954
  23. Casta diva (uncredited) .... Fiorillo's mother
  24. Tradita (uncredited) .... Chief seamstress

    1955
  25. Bravissimo (uncredited) .... Patroness observing the auditions
  26. La donna più bella del mondo (uncredited) .... Noblewoman watching the duel

    1956
  27. Noi siamo le colonne (uncredited) .... Sofia's mother

    1959
  28. Il moralista (uncredited) .... The baroness
  29. Ottocento (TV mini-series, episode 1) (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1960
  30. Apocalisse sul fiume giallo (uncredited) .... Gambler
  31. I cosacchi (uncredited) .... Grand duchess Impacienza
  32. It started in Naples (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  33. L'ultimo zar (uncredited) .... Gossiping woman in the street
  34. Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi (credited) .... Gabrielle's aunt

    1961
  35. Come September (uncredited) .... Mother Superior
  36. Five Golden Hours (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  37. I masnadieri (uncredited) .... Acilia

    1962
  38. Escapade in Florence (uncredited) .... Contessa Della Scala
  39. Sodoma e Gomorra (credited) .... Hebrew woman
  40. Venere imperiale (credited) .... Princess Borghese

    1963
  41. I mostri (uncredited) .... Woman at dinner
  42. La donna degli altri è sempre più bella (uncredited) .... Woman on the beach

    1964
  43. I miserabili (TV mini-series, episode 4: Cosetta) (credited) .... A sister
  44. Il disco volante (credited) .... Mother of Dolores

    1966
  45. Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario? (uncredited) .... Party guest
  46. Tecnica di una spia (uncredited) .... Hotel guest

    1967
  47. Caravaggio (TV mini-series) - episode 1 (credited as Liliana Del Balzo) .... Woman at the dinner
  48. The Taming of the Shrew (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

    1968
  49. E per tetto un cielo di stelle (uncredited) .... Mourner
  50. Il figlio di Aquila Nera (uncredited) .... Woman at the ball (re-used footage)
  51. La pecora nera (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1969
  52. I fratelli Karamazov (TV mini-series) - episodes 6 & 7 (credited as Eliana Del Balzo) .... Spectator at the trial
  53. Jekyll (TV mini-series) - episode 2 (credited) .... Mr. Hyde's landlady
  54. Zorro alla corte d'Inghilterra (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1970
  55. L'inafferrabile invincibile Mr. Invisibile (credited?) .... Madame Claire
  56. Shango, la pistola infallibile (credited) .... Taña

    1971
  57. Tre donne - 1943: Un incontro (uncredited) .... Woman listening to Royalist speech
  58. Un omicidio perfetto a termine di legge (credited) .... Mrs. Foschi

    1972
  59. Colpo grosso... grossissimo... anzi probabile (credited) .... Countess
  60. La prima notte di quiete (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral

    1973
  61. Il gatto di Brooklyn aspirante detective (credited as Giuliana Del Balzo) .... Adelina Bacherozza De Porcaris

    1975
  62. Profondo rosso (credited) .... Elvira

    1976
  63. Cassandra Crossing (uncredited) .... Train passenger

    1978
  64. Il vizietto (credited) .... Madame Charrier

    1979
  65. Luna (uncredited) .... Maestro's sister

Loadsa Liana!
There are plenty more titles where Liana is rumoured to appear that I have been unable to find copies of, particularly titles from earlier in her career, so if anybody has any of the titles below you know what to do...
  • Casta diva (1935) IMDb. I have looked through the pretty awful quality copy on You Tube with no luck. Since she does appear in a 1954 film of the same title I wouldn't rule out the possibility that her appearance here may have been confused with that film.
  • Le educande di Saint-Cyr (1939) ANICA as Insegnante di musica
  • Eravamo sette vedove (1939) ANICA as Passeggera pettegola
  • Una moglie in pericolo (1939) ANICA as Invitata alla festa di nozze
  • Il sogno di Butterfly (1939) ANICA
  • La canzone rubata (1940) ANICA as Portinaia
  • La fanciulla di Portici (1940) ANICA as Duchessa Carafa
  • Kean (1940) ANICA as Invitata al ballo del principe
  • Scandalo per bene (1940) ANICA
  • Caravaggio, il pittore maledetto (1941) ANICA
  • Idillio a Budapest (1941) ANICA
  • I mariti (1941) ANICA
  • L'orizzonte dipinto (1941) ANICA
  • Sancta Maria (1941) ANICA as Passeggera sulla nave
  • La danza del fuoco (1942) ANICA
  • La donna del peccato (1942) ANICA
  • Miliardi che follia! (1942) ANICA as Invitata alla festa
  • La principessa del sogno (1942) ANICA as Amica della cantante lirica
  • La signorina (1942) ANICA
  • Soltanto un bacio (1942) ANICA as Invitata alla festa di fidanzamento
  • La storia di una capinera (1945) ANICA
  • Eugenia Grandet (1946) ANICA as Dama amica signora D'Aubrion
  • L'Apocalisse (1947) ANICA
  • Il fiacre N. 13 (1948) IMDb in segment "Il castigo"
  • Sette anni di felicità (1949) ANICA as Cantante sul camion
  • Romanzo d'amore (1950) ANICA as Ospite dei Contini
  • Santo disonore (1950) IMDb
  • Core 'ngrato (1951) ANICA
  • Strano appuntamento (1951) ANICA
  • Don Lorenzo (1952) ANICA
  • Una donna prega (1953) ANICA as Una vicina curiosa
  • Fanciulle di lusso (1953) ANICA as Signora Wilson
  • I cavalieri della regina (1954) ANICA
  • Aprite: Polizia (1958) TV series, series 1, episode 6: La trappola, IMDb as La moglie del signore anziano
  • Valeria, ragazza poco seria (1958) ANICA
  • Le cameriere (1959) ANICA as Principessa
  • Tre giorni a Roma (1960) TV movie, IMDb as Dina
  • I gemelli del Texas (1964) ANICA as Madre di Malanza
  • Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova veneziano (1969) ANICA as Nobile alla seconda predica
  • L'étrange monsieur Duvallier (1979) TV series, season 1, episode 3: Bing-Banque, IMDb as La vieille femme

Lost Liana!
As always seems to be the case with little-known actors with large online filmographies, there are titles where she is credited somewhere online, but either does not appear or else I was unable to find her for some reason.
  • Carosello napoletano (1954) ANICA and IMDb as "bit part", searched for but not found
  • Ben-Hur (1959) IMDb as Guest at banquet. I have been through the film now specifically looking for Liana with no luck, and there is no banquet scene in the film, so the role description is unreliable, however with thousands of extras, many who can't be seen too clearly, it is still quite possible that she may appear.

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Re: Liana Del Balzo

Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:26

Torna, caro ideal! (1939) as Madame de Villet
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:35

Centomila dollari (1940) credited as L. Del Balzo, as Miss Vernon
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:39

È caduta una donna (1941) as Neighbour
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:43

Il re si diverte (1941) as Marquise
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:47

Tosca (1941) as Lady-in-waiting to the Marquise
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Apparizione (1943) as Susanna, the governess
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:53

Sempre più difficile (1943) credited, as Directress of the Swiss college
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 15:58

I pirati di Capri (1949) as Lady at the Queen's feast
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 16:04

Il ladro di Venezia (1950) credited, as The chaperone ("duenna")
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