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October 23, 2020

Paola Borboni: One of the Greatest Stage Actresses of Italy

Born 1900 in Parma, Italian stage and film actress made her stage debut in 1916, beginning to take minor film roles soon afterwards. She entered film in 1916 in the silent picture Jacobo Ortis directed by Giuseppe Sterni, and made over 80 film appearances between then and 1990.

Appearing in several silent films before 1921, Borboni was absent from cinema for some 14 years during which time she made numerous stage appearances. She gained notoriety in 1925 when she appeared topless in a stage performance of Carlo Veneziani’s Alga Marina as a mermaid, exposing her breasts.

Borboni returned to the silver screen in 1936 in the Mario Mattoli film L' Uomo che sorride. She went on to appear in films such as the Carlo Lizzani-directed film Ai margini della metropoli in 1952.

Between 1936 and 1956, her career was at its peak and her roles gradually became less numerous in the decades that followed, making a final appearance in the Giorgio Mosa film Blue dolphin - l'avventura continua in 1990.

During her nine decades career, Borboni was considered as one of the greatest stage actresses of Italy. She died in 1995 of a stroke, aged 95.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Paola Borboni in the 1920s and 1930s.


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