Valentina Cortese Overview:

Actress, Valentina Cortese, was born on Jan 1, 1923 in Milan, Italy. Cortese died at the age of 96 on Jul 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy .



Although Cortese was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1974Best Supporting ActressDay for Night (1973)SeverineNominated

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Valentina Cortese Quotes:

Nico 'Nick' Garcos: Hey, do you like apples?
Rica: Everybody likes apples, except doctors.
Nico 'Nick' Garcos: Do you know what it takes to get an apple so you can sink your beautiful teeth in it? You gotta stuff rags up tailpipes, farmers gotta get gypped, you jack up trucks with the back of your neck, universals conk out...
Rica: I don't know what are you talking about, but I have a new respect for apples.

Rica: [knowingly, after getting out of the shower, and hearing that Polly has walked out on Nick] Aren't women wonderful?

Nico 'Nick' Garcos: Soft hands.
Rica: Sharp nails.

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When she lost her Oscar nomination for Day for Night (1973) against Ingrid Bergman, who won for Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Bergman apologized in her acceptance speech, saying that Cortese deserved the award more.

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