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Franca Bettoia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Franca Bettoia (or Bettoja; born 14 May 1936) is an Italian actress. Born in Rome, she made her first film appearance in Un palco all'opera (1955, by Siro Marcellini). The following year she appeared in Los amantes del desierto ("Desert Warrior", a Spanish-Italian desert epic starring Ricardo Montalban, Carmen Sevilla and Gino Cervi. She next appeared opposite Pietro Germi in L'uomo di paglia (1958), and opposite Macha Méril and Jacques Charrier in the French production La main chaude (1960, by Gérard Oury). She appeared as a nun in Apocalisse sul Fiume Giallo (The Dam on the Yellow River, 1960), an anti-Communist propaganda film which portrays the victory of Mao Zedong's People's Liberation Army as seen through the eyes of an American journalist (Georges Marchal) reporting from the side of the nationalists. In 1961, she starred opposite Alan Ladd in Orazi e Curiazi (Duel of the Champions), a sword and sandals adventure set in ancient Rome. In 1964, Bettoia co-starred with Vincent Price in the horror/science fiction film The Last Man on Earth (1964, by Ubaldo Ragone and Sidney Salkow), the first screen adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend. She then played a princess in the adventure films Sandokan alla riscossa (1964) and Sandokan contro il leopardo di Sarawak (1964). In 1967 she appeared as Ugo Tognazzi’s lover in the comedy Il fischio al naso (The Seventh Floor, 1967). Bettoia and Tognazzi married in 1972. They had a had a daughter, film director Maria Sole Tognazzi. Bettoia acted in only three more films after Il fischio al naso. In the comedy Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? (1968, by Ettore Scola) she starred alongside Alberto Sordi and Bernard Blier. In Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don’t Touch the White Woman, directed by Marco Ferreri in 1974) she starred alongside Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni and Michel Piccoli. Her last film, Teste rasate (1993) is a drama about skinheads, in which her son, Gianmarco Tognazzi, plays the lead role. Description above from the Wikipedia article Franca Bettoia, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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May 14, 1936 In Rome, Latium, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Man of Straw 1958-03-05
Latest Project:
Movie L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca 1997-08-06
Known For
Poster of Don't Touch the White Woman!
Poster of Il fischio al naso
Poster of Sandokan Fights Back
Poster of Attack of the Normans
Movie L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca Self 1997-08-06
Movie Skinheads Roberta, madre di Marco 1993-07-01
Movie Kolossal - I magnifici Macisti Samoa (archive footage) 1977-01-01
Movie Don't Touch the White Woman! Unknown 1974-01-23
Movie Will Our Heroes Be Able to Find Their Friend Who Has Mysteriously Disappeared in Africa? Rita Di Salvio 1968-12-19
Movie Il fischio al naso Giovanna 1967-08-06
Movie Sandokan Fights Back Samoa 1964-08-13
Movie The Last Man on Earth Ruth Collins 1964-03-08
Movie Return of Sandokan Samoa 1964-10-18
Movie Ultimatum alla vita Mara Berri 1962-01-11
Movie Attack of the Normans Queen Patricia 1962-10-19
Movie Duel of Champions Marcia (as Franca Bettoja) 1961-10-19
Movie Day by Day, Desperately Marcella 1961-11-23
Movie Cavalcata selvaggia Unknown 1960-01-01
Movie Last Train to Shanghai Schwester Celeste 1960-03-25
Movie Nights of the Teddy Boys Orietta Fantoni 1959-10-03
Movie Man of Straw Rita 1958-03-05