Actress, Rafaela Ottiano, was born on Mar 4, 1888 in Venice, Italy.
Ottiano's Top rated movies at Classic Movie Hub are: Marie Antoinette, Great Expectations, Crime and Punishment, Suez, The Long Voyage Home, Grand Hotel, She Done Him Wrong, Curly Top, I Married an Angel and Remember Last Night?.
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Ottiano died at the age of 54 on Aug 18, 1942 in East Boston, MA .
Rafaela Ottiano (4 March 1888 - 18 August 1942) was an Italian-born American stage and film actress.
Born in Venice, Italy, she emigrated with her parents to the United States, and was processed at Ellis Island in 1910.
Ottiano established herself as a stage actress in Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1924 and appearing in American motion pictures. She appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd (1924), the Mae West play Diamond Lil (1928), and the play version of Grand Hotel (1930).
Ottiano's first film was in the John L. McCutcheon-directed drama The Law and the Lady (1924) with Len Leo, Alice Lake, and Tyrone Power, Sr.
Ottiano was part of the original 1928 Broadway cast of the hit play Diamond Lil, written by and starring Mae West. Ottiano reprised her role as Rita when the play was adapted for the movie She Done Him Wrong (1933), directed by Lowell Sherman.
Throughout the 1930s, Ottiano would often specialize in roles as sinister, maleveolent, or spiteful women, such as her role in the Tod Browning-directed horror film The Devil-Doll (1936), opposite Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Other notable film roles for Ottiano include Lena in As You Desire Me (1932) with Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Erich von Stroheim, Owen Moore, and Hedda Hopper, "Mrs. Higgins" in the Shirley Temple musical-comedy Curly Top (1935), as a matron in the crime-drama Riffraff (1936), starring Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy, and as "Suzette", Greta Garbo's devoted maid in the Edmund Goulding-directed drama Grand Hotel (1932).
Ottiano's last film was the musical comedy I Married an Angel (1942), starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. During her career in film, she appeared in approximately 45 motion pictures, opposite such actors as Barbara Stanwyck, Conrad Nagel, Peter Lorre, Zasu Pitts, and Katharine Hepburn.Read article at Wikipedia
--Rafaela Ottiano (as Malita) in The Devil-Doll Malita: [after Lachna has been shrunk] You've corrected her brain, Marcel. She's no longer the stupid half-wit. Oh, she's going to be beautiful!
--Rafaela Ottiano (as Malita) in The Devil-Doll Marcel: [Referring to Lachna, the servant girl] Malita, where did you get her?
Malita: In a Berlin slum. She's an in-bred peasant half-wit. But I wanted no prying wits about me.
--Rafaela Ottiano (as Malita) in The Devil-Dollread more quotes from Rafaela Ottiano...