Franca Valeri, pioneer in Italian comedy, loses her life at 100

The actress Franca Valeri, She was elegant, ironic and versatile who pioneered female comic roles in the postwar years in Italy and helped the nation laugh at your weaknesses, lost his life at 100 years old.

The newspaper Corriere della Sera quoted his daughter, Stefania Bonfadelli, an opera singer, saying Valeri lost her life in her sleep at her home in Rome on Sunday, nine days after her 100th birthday.

Loved by Italians, especially for their roles in the decades of 1950 to 1970, first on the radio, then on television and in the movies.

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Valeri was recently toasted by many celebrities and in interviews as her 100th birthday approached.

President Sergio Mattarella sent a message of condolence, praising Valeri as a "versatile and popular actress who will remain in the hearts of Italians for her great talent and extraordinary sympathy."

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Valeri was a comical performer smart and sophisticated of postwar Italian society and often wrote the scripts or monologues for their performances, especially on stage.

Characteristic roles included comic scenes in which she appeared alone, holding a phone, real or imaginary, even as "Signorina Snob", a role for which he drew on his Milanese bourgeois roots. Another popular comic character he created poked fun at the vulgarities of the roman middle class.

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After decades in which comic roles in Italy They were practically the exclusive province of men, Valeri stood his ground against the best male comedians, starring against Toto 'and Alberto Sordi.

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Of the six films he made with Sordi, his most popular role was arguably "Il Vedovo" (The Widower), a 1959 hit directed by Dino Risi, a master of Italian comedy films.

When asked in a recent interview about the secret to her long-term success, Valeri replied, "I tried to keep class."

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