Valentina Cortese (born January 1, 1925) is an Italian actress.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in La Nuit américaine. She also appeared in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (movie).
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The film was a huge success and De Carlo was among those to be praised for her work. Cast in The Ten Commandments (1956), De Carlo was finally part of a major hit. For the next several years, she was constantly working although many of the films failed to advance her career. As the female lead opposite Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross, De Carlo played a dangerous femme fatale, and her career began to ascend.
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