Valentina Cortese

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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. She died from lymphedema in Los Angeles, California. She also appeared in the Franco Zeffirelli miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (movie). Although regarded as a capable and popular film actress, it was for her contributions to television that Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in La Nuit américaine. Her film career began to fade by the end of the 1950s but she continued working frequently in television. Valentina Cortese (born January 1, 1925) is an Italian actress. She later lamented that she had been typecast in western films, commenting that once an actress became typecast, that was the end, and adding that she had never liked horses.

She also gave a well received performance in the drama film All the King's Men (1949). Over the next decade she appeared frequently in films, most often cast in westerns such as the John Wayne films Red River (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose in 1946. During this time Dru met and married the popular singer Dick Haymes and when they moved to Hollywood she found work in theater.

Born Joanne Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in 1940, and after finding employment as a model, was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) was an American film actress.

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