Italian actress Laura Betti died on Saturday (31JUL04). She was 70.
Betti was a close friend of the late director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who
cast her in several of his films, notably THE CANTERBURY TALES, in which she
played the WIFE OF BATH.
She also had roles in Federico Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita and two of
Bernardo Bertolucci's most famous films, 1900 and Last Tango in Paris.
One of Betti's last appearances on the screen was in the 2001 film A MA
SOEUR, by French director Catherine Breillat.
In 2001 she made a documentary about Pasolini, who was killed in
mysterious circumstances on a beach near Rome in 1975.
Betti, whose real surname was TROMBETTI, was born in the northern Italian
city of Bologna and started her showbiz career as a jazz singer.