Del Balzo, Liana


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Del Balzo, Liana

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Liana Del Balzo, in Cineguida 1961
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.

She was born on March 4th 1899 in Buenos Aires, Argentina[1, 2] 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[1]. 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.

Biographical note[2]
  • Height: 1,70 m.
  • Instruction: high school.
  • Acting, music (piano), singing and ballet school.
  • Foreign languages: English, French, Spanish.
  • Dubbing.
  • Television.
  • Prose and revue theater.
  • She lived in Rome, in via Sibari, 10.
Filmography
1939
  1. Ballo al castello .... Gossiping noblewoman (role unconfirmed - credited?)
  2. Finisce sempre così .... Hotel maid (uncredited)
  3. Processo e morte di Socrate .... Woman at the trial (uncredited)
  4. Torna, caro ideal! .... Madame de Villet (uncredited)

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

    1941
  6. È caduta una donna .... Neighbour (uncredited)
  7. I mariti .... Guest at the ball
  8. Il re si diverte .... Marquise (uncredited)
  9. Tosca .... Lady-in-waiting to the Marquise (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1952
  24. Altri tempi (Zibaldone n. 1) .... Spectator in courtroom (uncredited)
  25. Il romanzo della mia vita .... Woman in the trattoria (uncredited)
  26. Moglie per una notte .... role? (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

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

    1959
  34. Il moralista .... The baroness (uncredited)
  35. Ottocento (TV mini-series) - ep. 1 .... Party guest (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

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

    1965
  54. Le inchieste del commissario Maigret (TV series) - season 1, ep. 4: "Una vita in gioco" (Part 2) .... Woman in hotel lobby (uncredited)

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

    1967
  58. Caravaggio (TV mini-series) - ep. 1 .... Woman at the dinner (credited as "Liliana Del Balzo")
  59. The Taming of the Shrew .... Wedding guest (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1974
  76. Roma (TV movie) .... Party guest (uncredited)

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

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

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

    1979
  80. Luna .... Maestro's sister (uncredited)
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, Cineguida 1956
  • Una donna prega (1953) - ANICA as Una vicina curiosa
  • Fanciulle di lusso (1953) - ANICA, Cineguida 1956 as Signora Wilson
  • I cavalieri della regina (1954) - ANICA
  • I tre moschettieri (1954) - Cineguida 1956
  • Valeria, ragazza poco seria (1958) - ANICA
  • Le cameriere (1959) - ANICA as Principessa
  • L'étrange monsieur Duvallier (TV series, 1979) - season 1, ep. 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, Cineguida 1956, 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.
Gallery
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Liana Del Balzo, in Cineguida 1956

Notes and sources
1. E. Lancia, R. Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici (2003).
2. Dante Lazzaro. Cineguida 1956.
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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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Tosca (1941) as Lady-in-waiting to the Marquise
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Apparizione (1943) as Susanna, the governess
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Sempre più difficile (1943) credited, as Directress of the Swiss college
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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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