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Giulietta Masina (1920 - 1994)

The daughter of musicians, Giulietta Masina turned to acting at Rome's Sapienza University in 1941 and joined the Compagnia del Teatro Comico Musicale, in 1942, appearing in several plays. She was then cast by Federico Fellini she would marry a few months later, in 1943, for a series of radio plays. While slowly leaving the theatrical world, the actress made her first uncredited début in Roberto Rossellini's Paisa, in 1946. However, it was her role as the abused Gelsomina in La Strada, in 1954, that brought international attention on the Italian actress who became the muse of her husband who, to suit her waif-like figure, offered her the roles of naïve characters facing cruel environments. Her clownish attitude, always balancing between tears and laughter, pathos and comedy, evoked another famous sad clown which owed her to be called the 'Feminine Chaplin'.She embodied an angelic prostitute in 1957, for the Nights of Cabiria or the fanciful bored bourgeois in Juliet of the Spirits, in 1965. During the 1970s and 1980s, she only sporadically appeared on television. Her last collaboration with Federico Fellini occurred with the melancholic and whimsical Ginger and Fred, in 1986. A tribute to 'G&F's love story...

Tags / Giulietta Masina - Italian Actress - Muses - Cinematic Women - 1950s - Clown
Director Federico Fellini shot Giulietta Masina on the set of La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Director Federico Fellini shot Giulietta Masina on the set of La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Portrait of Giulietta Masina for La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in La Strada directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Marcello Mastroiani and Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Marcello Mastroiani and Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina and Broderick Crawford in Il Bidone directed by Federico Fellini, 1955
Giulietta Masina and Broderick Crawford in Il Bidone directed by Federico Fellini, 1955
Anna Magnani and Giulietta Masina in Nella città l'inferno directed by Renato Castellani, 1958
Anna Magnani and Giulietta Masina in Nella città l'inferno directed by Renato Castellani, 1958
Giulietta Masina in Les Feux du music-hall directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1950
Giulietta Masina in Les Feux du music-hall directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1950
Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Marcello Mastroiani and Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Marcello Mastroiani and Giulietta Masina in Giner & Fred directed by Federico Fellini, 1954
Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Sandra Milo and Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Sandra Milo and Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Sandra Milo and Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Sandra Milo and Giulietta Masina in Juliette des esprits directed by Federico Fellini, 1965
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Les Nuits de Cabiria directed by Federico Fellini, 1957
Giulietta Masina in Luci del varietà directed by Federico Fellini, 1950
Giulietta Masina in Luci del varietà directed by Federico Fellini, 1950
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