Luisa Ferida

Luisa Ferida (18 March 1914 - 30 April 1945) was an Italian stage and motion picture actress. Born Luigia Manfrini Frané in Castel San Pietro Terme, Ferida started as a stage actress and first appeared in films with La Freccia d'oro (1935), in a supporting role but because of her photogenic looks and talent as an actress, she soon graduated to leading parts at the end of the thirties. In 1939, whilst working on Un Avventura di Salvator Rosa (1940) directed by the celebrated Alessandro Blasetti, she met Osvaldo Valenti. The pair became romantically involved and had a son. Valenti had been linked with many Fascist officials and personalities for years, and this is the reason why he featured on the partisans' hit list. He was finally arrested in Milan, alongside a pregnant Ferida in April 1945. They were both sentenced to be executed and shot immediately in the street, without any proper trial.


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