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Paola Cortellesi is a Actor and Scriptwriter Italienne born on 24 november 1973 at Rome (Italie)

Paola Cortellesi

Paola Cortellesi
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Nationality Italie
Birth 24 november 1973 (50 years) at Rome (Italie)

Paola Cortellesi (born in Rome on November 24, 1973) is an eclectic Italian actress, singer, voice actress, and presenter. She has starred in about 20 movies as well as a number of theatrical shows, television shows, and radio shows.


Cortellesi debuted in the show business at the age of 13, as a singer for Cacao meravigliao, the jingle of the popular RAI TV show Indietro tutta! by Renzo Arbore. At 19 she began studying as an actress at the Teatro Blu in Rome (the same theatre school that Kim Rossi Stuart, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Claudia Gerini, Stefania Rocca, and Claudio Santamaria, among others, have attended).

She began her career in television with the show Macao, presented by Alba Parietti, but eventually reached nationwide popularity as a comic actress in the TV show Mai dire Gol by the Gialappa's Band (2000), which, in particular, showcased her skills at parodying famous people, a genre where she collected some of her most appreciated performances (the latest one being her parody of Milan's mayor Letizia Moratti in the 2010-2011 edition of the popular TV show Zelig).

After Mai dire Gol, Cortellesi has collaborated in several other TV Show of the Mai dire... franchise by Gialappa's Band. Other major performances of Cortellesi on television include the 2004 edition of the San Remo Music Festival and the leading role in the TV movie Maria Montessori: Una vita per i bambini, a biography of Maria Montessori, for which Cortellesi received the "Maximo Award" at the Roma Fiction Fest.

Her career in cinema includes several appreciates performances in comedies and comic movies, including a leading role in Tu la conosci Claudia?, a very popular production starring the comic trio Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo. In 2008, she was nominated for the David di Donatello award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Piano, solo by Riccardo Milani. In 2011 she won the David di Donatello for Best Actress for her leading role in Escort in Love.

One of her most appreciated theatrical performances was Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi ("Last will be last") by Massimiliano Bruno, which has been staged 189 times from 2005 to 2007 in over 50 theatres, and for which Cortellesi has collected a number of awards.

As a singer, Cortellesi has been described by Mina as "one of the best Italian voices" and has cooperated with several notable Italian musicians, including Elio e le Storie Tese, Renato Zero, Claudio Baglioni, Frankie hi-nrg mc, and Neri per Caso.

Cortellesi married director Riccardo Milani on October 1, 2011. The couple have a daughter, Laura, born January 24, 2013.

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Filmography of Paola Cortellesi (13 films)

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Like a Cat on a Highway, 1h38
Directed by Riccardo Milani
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Antonio Albanese, Sonia Bergamasco, Claudio Amendola, Silvia Cohen
Roles Monica
Rating62% 3.127273.127273.127273.127273.12727
Giovanni et Monica sont un homme et une femme totalement opposés en toutes choses. Cependant, leur rencontre en raison de l'engagement de leurs enfants finira par changer leur vie.
Wondrous Boccaccio, 2h
Directed by Frères Taviani
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Historical, Romance
Actors Lello Arena, Riccardo Scamarcio, Vittoria Puccini, Kasia Smutniak, Kim Rossi Stuart, Michele Riondino
Roles Badessa Usimbalda
Rating58% 2.904442.904442.904442.904442.90444
During the mid-14th century, in Florence, some young people of rich families are fleeing the city haunted by the plague. They take refuge in a large country house, and spend their time telling stories. Every ten stories told in one day, the group of boys elect a king or queen of the day, and he must invent stories, which have various kinds and topics.
A Boss in the Living Room, 1h30
Directed by Luca Miniero
Genres Comedy
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Rocco Papaleo, Luca Argentero, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Miniero
Roles Cristina D'Avola/Carmela Cimmaruta
Rating57% 2.8523752.8523752.8523752.8523752.852375
Cristina is an Apulian woman who lives for years in Bolzano, with her husband Michele. Their love life is very quiet, but a day arrives Ciro, Cristina's brother: a boxwood mobster on the run from the law.
Escort in Love, 1h35
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Rocco Papaleo, Anna Foglietta, Valerio Mastandrea, Awa Ly
Roles Alice
Rating61% 3.0554353.0554353.0554353.0554353.055435
Alice is a beautiful girl from southern Italy who earns a living as an escort, as the economic condition of his family very poor. His family does not see anything wrong in the activity of Alce, indeed: the members do everything they can to earn more money to Alice, putting she in contact with wealthy clients. One day, however, Alice falls in love with Giulio, modest computer salesman. Soon the girl realizes that she can not continue his work, at the same time trying to keep her relationship with Giulio, who wants clear answers.
Men Vs Women, 1h53
Directed by Fausto Brizzi
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Fabio De Luigi, Claudio Bisio, Carla Signoris, Andrea Rivera, Giorgia Würth
Roles Chiara
Rating57% 2.857612.857612.857612.857612.85761
Walter est un entraineur de volley-ball qui trompe son épouse, Monica, avec la capitaine de son équipe, Eva. Il est pris de remords mais renonce à rompre avec son amante par crainte de perdre le prochain match. C'est finalement Eva, déçue que Walter ne divorce pas pour elle, qui se confesse à Monica. De manière surprenante, les deux femmes s'entendent bien, et le couple se réconcilie. En même temps, l'équipe de volley remporte le match.
The Ladies Get Their Say
Directed by Enzo Monteleone
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Margherita Buy, Isabella Ferrari, Marina Massironi, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Claudia Pandolfi
Roles Sofia
Rating65% 3.283853.283853.283853.283853.28385
Dans les années 1960, Sofia (Paola Cortellesi), Beatrice (Isabella Ferrari), Claudia (Marina Massironi) et Gabriella (Margherita Buy), quatre amies, se rencontrent tous les jeudis après-midi pour jouer aux cartes et se raconter leurs problèmes. Trente ans plus tard, leurs quatre filles, Rosana (Claudia Pandolfi), Sara (Carolina Crescentini), Giulia (Alba Rohrwacher) et Cecilia (Valeria Milillo ), se réunissent après le suicide de Beatrice.
Persepolis (2007)
, 1h35
Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Animation
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Political films, Children's films
Actors Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, François Jérosme, Gena Rowlands
Roles Marjane Satrapi (italian version voice)
Rating79% 3.9988953.9988953.9988953.9988953.998895
At the airport Marjane Satrapi (Chiara Mastroianni) is unable to board a plane to Iran. She then takes a seat and smokes. She looks back at her childhood. She remembers the good and bad times with her family, especially all the political issues going on. As a young girl, Marji lived in Tehran and wanted to be a prophet and a disciple of Bruce Lee. Her childhood ambition is the general uprising against the Shah of Iran. Her middle-class family participates in all the rallies and protests. Marji wants to have pride in her future. Marji and a group of friends attempt to attack a young boy whose father, a member of SAVAK, killed Communists for no particular reason. One day, Marji's Uncle Anoush arrives to have dinner with the family after recently being released from his nine-year sentence in prison. Uncle Anoush inspires Marji with his stories of his life on the run from the government, a result of rebelling.
Maria Montessori : Une vie au service des enfants, 3h20
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about education
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Adalberto Maria Merli, Giulia Lazzarini, Lisa Gastoni, Alba Rohrwacher
Roles Maria Montessori
Rating71% 3.596413.596413.596413.596413.59641
En 1893, Maria Montessori est la première femme diplômée de la faculté de médecine de Rome. Malgré la misogynie de l'époque, elle parvient, grâce au professeur Giuseppe Montessano, à se spécialiser en psychiatrie infantile, car Maria s'intéresse au sort des enfants abandonnés et recueillis dans les asiles. Elle entreprend de sauver ceux qui sont aptes à étudier. Maria propose alors une alternative pour les soigner : la pédagogie.


Like a Cat on a Highway, 1h38
Directed by Riccardo Milani
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Paola Cortellesi, Antonio Albanese, Sonia Bergamasco, Claudio Amendola, Silvia Cohen
Rating62% 3.127273.127273.127273.127273.12727
Giovanni et Monica sont un homme et une femme totalement opposés en toutes choses. Cependant, leur rencontre en raison de l'engagement de leurs enfants finira par changer leur vie.