Adrienne Corri Movies and Career Information

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Nov 13, 1931
Adrienne Corri is a British actress. She was born Adrienne Riccoboni, the daughter of Olive Smethurst and an Italian father Luigi Riccoboni. Her distinctive auburn hair came from her mother's Lancastrian Mancunian Smethurst family. In the 1930s her father Luigi ran the Crown Hotel, Callander, Perthshire. She had one brother. Despite having significant roles in many films, Corri is most notable for one of her smaller parts, that of Mrs. Alexander, the wife of the writer Frank Alexander, in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick dystopian film A Clockwork Orange. Though not originally cast in this role, she was brought in after the first actress left. Corri was offered the role after two actresses had already withdrawn from the film, one of them, according to Malcolm McDowell, because she found it "too humiliating -– because it involved having to be perched, naked, on Warren Clarke's shoulders for weeks on end while Stanley decided which shot he liked the best." Corri had no such qualms about appearing naked, joking to McDowell, "Well Malcolm, you’re about to find out that I’m a real redhead." Corri has appeared in many films, notably as Valerie in Jean Renoir's The River, as Lara's mother in David Lean's Dr. Zhivago and in the Otto Preminger thriller Bunny Lake is Missing. She also appeared in a number of horror and suspense films from the 1950s until the 1970s including Devil Girl from Mars, The Tell-Tale Heart, A Study in Terror and Vampire Circus. She also appeared as Therese Duval in Revenge of the Pink Panther. The range and versatility of her acting is shown by appearances in such diverse productions as the 1969 science fiction movie Moon Zero Two where she played opposite the ever dependable character actor Sam Kydd, and again in 1969, in Twelfth Night, directed by John Sichel, as the Countess Olivia, where she played opposite Alec Guinness.

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