Laura Betti was an Italian actress. Born Laura Trombetti in Bologna, this blonde and flamboyant actress started her career as jazz singer. Betti made her film debut in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. In 1963, she became a close friend of the poet and movie director Pier Paolo Pasolini, for whom she made a documentary after his death. Under Pasolini's direction she proved a wonderful talent, in many films like La ricotta and Teorema. In 1976, she portrayed a cruel and eroto-maniacal fascist in Novecento, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Since the 1960s, she dedicated much of her times to literature and politics. She became the muse for a number of leading political and literary figures in Italy and came to personify the revolutionary and Marxist era of 1970s Italy.
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