A lonely farewell to Elisa Mainardi who starred for Fellini and Verdone
ACTRESS / LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THERE REMAINED FOR DAYS
By Alessandra Paolini
ELISA Mainardi. To the youngsters her name means little. But too many who grew up with the films in black and white and all those who know by heart the Marchese del Grillo, or talcum powder, manifest a certain Roman, cannot have forgotten her. Elisa Mainardi is gone. She died at the Santo Spirito Hospital, all alone. She was almost 86 years of age. For more than a week no one had sought her out, only a few days ago from the hospital along the Tiber they were only able to find her distant relatives. And finally now the actress that Fellini wanted in the Satyricon and in "The Ship Sails On", will have a funeral.
Mainardi studied at the acting school of Peter Sharoff, and debuted on stage in 1956, in Ottavio Spadaro's “Corruzione a palazzo di giustizia”, alongside Salvo Randone, immediately receiving critical acclaim for her performance. Shortly thereafter she became the lead actress in “Il sorriso della Gioconda directed by Ernesto Grassi and in “La penna” directed by Lucio Chiavarelli, and in Luciano Salce's “Colombe di Anouilh”. Her stage works include main roles in works directed by Luchino Visconti, Giorgio De Lullo, Silverio Blasi and Alessandro Fersen. Mainardi was also active on television and in films, in which she worked several times with Federico Fellini. Her only Euro-western appearance was as Nancy in “The Relentless Four” (1965) starring Adam West.
Born: 7/27/1930, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 5/8/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Elisa Mainardi's western - actress:
The Relentless Four - 1965 (Nancy)