Daniela Rocca Movies and Career Information

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Sep 12, 1937
Daniela Rocca was an Italian model and actress. Rocca was born and raised in Acireale, a poor neighborhood in Catania. She became Miss Catania in 1953, and was discovered by talent scouts after competing in a Miss Italy competition. She made her film debut in French director Maurice Cloche's Marchands de Filles and also appeared in the Riccardo Freda film Caltiki - il mostro immortale, and Esther and the King. More film roles followed, but Rocca did not find fame until Divorzio all'Italiana. Rocca became a star after playing the part of the smothering wife Marcello Mastroianni is desperate to escape in Pietro Germi's international box-office hit. Rocca fell in love with Germi during filming and attempted suicide when he rejected her. After that, she was considered unstable and was not offered significant roles. A nervous breakdown led to a stay in a mental hospital. After playing minor roles in movies and television, her show business career ended in 1967. She ended her days in a retirement home in Milo, near Catania.


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