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Del Balzo, Liana

Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:17

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. I mariti (uncredited) .... Guest at the ball
  7. Il re si diverte (uncredited) .... Marquise
  8. Tosca (uncredited) .... Lady-in-waiting to the Marquise

    1942
  9. 7 Jahre Glück (uncredited) .... Singer riding on the truck
  10. La mecca dei desideri (Short film) (credited) .... The sculptor's wife
  11. Sancta Maria (credited?) .... Cruise ship passenger
  12. Una signora dell'Ovest (uncredited) .... Audience member at Arianna's performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1954
  27. Casta diva (uncredited) .... Fiorillo's mother
  28. Tradita (uncredited) .... Chief seamstress

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

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

    1958
  32. Aprite: Polizia! (TV series) - episode 6: "La trappola" (credited) .... Old woman at the fairground

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

    1960
  35. Apocalisse sul fiume giallo (uncredited) .... Gambler
  36. I cosacchi (uncredited) .... Grand duchess Impacienza
  37. It started in Naples (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  38. L'ultimo zar (uncredited) .... Gossiping woman in the street
  39. Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi (credited) .... Gabrielle's aunt
  40. Tre giorni a Roma (credited) .... Dina

    1961
  41. Come September (uncredited) .... Mother Superior
  42. Five Golden Hours (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  43. I masnadieri (uncredited) .... Acilia

    1962
  44. Alta Pressione (TV show) (credited) .... Countess
  45. Escapade in Florence (uncredited) .... Contessa Della Scala
  46. Sodoma e Gomorra (credited) .... Hebrew woman
  47. Venere imperiale (credited) .... Princess Borghese

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

    1964
  50. I gemelli del Texas (credited) .... Mother of Malanza
  51. I miserabili (TV mini-series, episode 4: Cosetta) (credited) .... A sister
  52. Il disco volante (credited) .... Mother of Dolores

    1966
  53. After the Fox / Caccia alla volpe (uncredited) .... Cinema audience member
  54. Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario? (uncredited) .... Party guest
  55. Tecnica di una spia (uncredited) .... Hotel guest

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

    1968
  58. E per tetto un cielo di stelle (uncredited) .... Mourner
  59. Fenomenal e il tesoro di Tutankamen (uncredited) .... Party guest
  60. Il figlio di Aquila Nera (uncredited) .... Woman at the ball (re-used footage)
  61. La pecora nera (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1969
  62. I fratelli Karamazov (TV mini-series) - episodes 6 & 7 (credited as Eliana Del Balzo) .... Spectator at the trial
  63. Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova veneziano (uncredited) .... Woman at the 2nd sermon
  64. Jekyll (TV mini-series) - episode 2 (credited) .... Mr. Hyde's landlady
  65. La monaca di Monza (uncredited) .... Nun
  66. Zorro alla corte d'Inghilterra (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1970
  67. L'inafferrabile invincibile Mr. Invisibile (credited) .... Madame Claire
  68. Shango, la pistola infallibile (credited) .... Taña

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1979
  77. 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
  • L'orizzonte dipinto (1941) ANICA
  • 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
  • Sette anni di felicità (1942) (Italian-language version of 7 Jahre Glück) ANICA as Cantante sul camion
  • 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. I've been through this film and didn't recognise her anywhere.
  • L'Apocalisse (1947) ANICA
  • Il fiacre N. 13 (1948) IMDb in segment "Il castigo"
  • 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
  • Valeria, ragazza poco seria (1958) ANICA
  • Le cameriere (1959) ANICA as Principessa
  • 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, 17:26

Torna, caro ideal! (1939) as Madame de Villet
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:35

Centomila dollari (1940) credited as L. Del Balzo, as Miss Vernon
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:39

È caduta una donna (1941) as Neighbour
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:43

Il re si diverte (1941) as Marquise
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:47

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, 17:53

Sempre più difficile (1943) credited, as Directress of the Swiss college
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 17:58

I pirati di Capri (1949) as Lady at the Queen's feast
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Post by PeplumParadise » 10/09/2020, 18:04

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