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Virna Lisi
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Virna Lisi
Birth name Virna Lisa Pieralisi
Born September 8, 1937 (1937-09-08) (age 70)
Ancona, Marches, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953-2007
Virna Lisi (b September 8, 1937) is a Cannes and César awards-winning Italian film actress.

[edit] Life and career
She was born in Ancona, Marche, as Virna Lisa Pieralisi. Lisi began her film career in her teens, in 1953. Cast more for her stunning looks than her talent, her early films included La Donna del Giorno (1956), Eva (1962), and the Italian-made spectacle Romolo e Remo (1961).

The pert and sexy star also made a decorative dent in Hollywood comedy as a tempting blue-eyed blonde starring opposite Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife (1965), and appearing with Tony Curtis in Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966). Confined to glamour roles, she returned to Europe within a few years, but fared little better in such mediocre movies as Arabella (1967). In Europe she starred in films such as La Ragazza e il Generale, co-starring with Rod Steiger, and two films with Anthony Quinn, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, directed by Stanley Kramer, and the war drama The 25th Hour.

In later decades, however, a career renaissance occurred for Virna. She began to be perceived as more than just a tasty dish, giving a wide variety of mature, award-winning performances. It all culminated in the role of a lifetime with the film La Reine Margot (1994), in which she played a marvelously malevolent Catherine de' Medici and won both the César and Cannes Film Festival awards, along with the David di Donatello award, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar.

Virna in The Secret of Santa Vittoria, one of her european films in the sixties.
[edit] Trivia
Alternated filming activity with television and stage acting, namely at Piccolo Teatro di Milano, where she performed in I giacobini by Federico Zardi, under the direction of Giorgio Strehler.
She was one of the stars launched as a successor to Marilyn Monroe in the United States, in the late 1960s.
The 1980s Argentinian band Sumo (led by Luca Prodan), made a song for her. The singer's brother is the actor Andrea Prodán, who appeared with her in the movie I ragazzi di via Panisperna (1988).
Lisi was cast in the title role in Barbarella (1968), but turned it down and returned to Italy.
Lisi's height was 5"5.
Brazil has a rock band, Virna Lisi, named after her.

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Movies on TV this week

12:20 PM CST on Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Complete listings for the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Abbreviations: A=Adult Situations, L=Adult Language, N=Nudity, R=Rape, S=Strong Sexual Content, V=Violence

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ABOUT A BOY *** (2002) Hugh Grant, Toni Collette. A lonely boy finds a friend in a carefree bachelor. 'PG-13' LA (CC) (120 min.) (USA: Mon 10:30 am)

ABOVE THE LAW ** (1988) Steven Seagal, Pam Grier. A CIA-sponsored drug cartel is uncovered by a Chicago cop. 'R' LV (CC) (120 min.) (BRAVO: Mon 9 am, Sat 1 am)

THE ABYSS *** (1989) Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. An oil-rig crew must search for a sunken nuclear sub. 'PG-13' LV (CC) (240 min.) (SCI-FI: Sat 8:30 am)

ACCEPTED ** (2006) Justin Long, Jonah Hill. A college reject and his friends create a fake university. 'PG-13' LA (CC) (95 min.) (MAX: Tue 7 am)

ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE ** (1994) Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox. A goofy gumshoe probes the kidnapping of the Miami dolphin. 'PG-13' N (CC) (120 min.) (TNT: Mon 2:30 am)

ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS ** (2002) Voices of Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone. Animated. A boor causes trouble during Hanukkah. 'PG-13' LA (CC) (120 min.) (COM: Sun 11:30 am)

ADMISSIONS ** (2004) Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan. A teen wants to stay close to her mentally impaired sister. 'PG' LA (CC) (90 min.) (SUND: Tue 9:45 am)

AEON FLUX ** (2005) Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas. A rebel assassin hunts a government leader. 'PG-13' AV (CC) (105 min.) (SHOW: Tue 7:15 am, 5:15 pm)

AGE OF CONSENT ** (1969) James Mason, Helen Mirren. A woman catches the eye and heart of a disillusioned artist. 'R' AN (105 min.) (TCM: Mon 1:30 am)

AIR BUD: GOLDEN RECEIVER * (1998) Kevin Zegers, Cynthia Stevenson. Josh and his athletic dog try out for the football team. 'G' (CC) (95 min.) (TMC: Sat 5 am)

ALEX & EMMA ** (2003) Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson. A struggling writer falls for his stenographer. 'PG-13' LA (120 min.) (OXYGEN: Sun 7 am, Mon mid.)

ALIEN RESURRECTION ** (1997) Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder. Ripley's clone and mercenaries battle escaped aliens. 'R' LV (CC) (135 min.) (AMC: Wed 9:30 pm, Thu 2:15 pm)

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS ** (2002) Ice Cube, Mike Epps. A bounty hunter and his prey get mixed up in a diamond scam. 'R' LAV (CC) (120 min.) (USA: Sun 8 am, Mon 1 am)

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (2007) Gail O'Grady, Robert Mailhouse. A boy asks contest organizers to find his mother a husband. (CC) (120 min.) (HALL: Sat 8 pm)

ALPHA DOG ** (2006) Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch. A teenage drug dealer kidnaps a junkie's younger brother. 'R' LAVN (CC) (120 min.) (HBO: Sat 7 pm)

THE AMATI GIRLS * (2001) Mercedes Ruehl, Paul Sorvino. The lives of four close-knit sisters and their mother. 'PG' LA (CC) (95 min.) (SHOW: Tue 12:25 pm)

AMERICAN GUN ** (2005) Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker. Guns affect the lives of a diverse group of people. 'R' LAV (CC) (95 min.) (TMC: Sun 11:45 pm)

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT *** (1995) Michael Douglas, Annette Bening. A rival exploits the president's romance with a lobbyist. 'PG-13' L (CC) (120 min.) (WGN: Sun 12:30 am)

THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS ** (2005) Two actors try to prove that America has a ruling class. 'NR' LA (CC) (90 min.) (SUND: Thu 8:45 am)

AMERICAN SOLDIERS (2005) Curtis Morgan, Zan Calabretta. Fedayeen fighters engage U.S. forces in Iraq. 'R' LAV (CC) (105 min.) (SHOW: Thu 5:15 pm)

THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY *** (1964) James Garner, Julie Andrews. A British widow falls for an American officer. 'NR' A (CC) (120 min.) (TCM: Sun 9 am)

ANALYZE THAT ** (2002) Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal. A mobster is released into the custody of his ex-therapist. 'R' LAV (CC) (120 min.) (TBS: Wed 11:30 pm, Thu 8 am)

ANALYZE THIS *** (1999) Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal. An angst-ridden mobster seeks a psychiatrist's help. 'R' LAV (CC) (105 min.) (HBO: Fri 4:20 am)

ANGEL IN THE FAMILY (2004) Ronny Cox, Tracey Needham. A deceased woman returns to spend Christmas with her family. (CC) (120 min.) (HALL: Wed 10 pm)

ANNA KARENINA *** (1935) Greta Garbo, Fredric March. Tolstoy's story of a married Russian woman's blind passion. 'NR' (CC) (105 min.) (TCM: Fri 9 pm)

ANNAPOLIS ** (2006) James Franco, Tyrese Gibson. A young man enters the U.S. Naval Academy. 'PG-13' LAV (CC) (115 min.) (STARZ: Sun 4:35 am, 6:10 pm)

THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY *** (2001) Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Painful truths are revealed at a drug-fueled celebration. 'R' LAN (CC) (120 min.) (IFC: Sun 3:15 am)

ANOTHER 9 1/2 WEEKS * (1997) Mickey Rourke, Agathe de la Fontaine. A heartbroken man takes up with his old flame's kinky pal. 'R' LS (CC) (110 min.) (TMC: Wed 12:10 am)

ANTWONE FISHER *** (2002) Derek Luke, Joy Bryant. A therapist helps a troubled sailor confront his demons. 'PG-13' LAV (CC) (130 min.) (IFC: Tue 9:05 am, 2:35 pm, Wed 4 am)

APARTMENT 12 *** (1999) Mark Ruffalo, Beth Ulrich. An artist falls under the spell of his new neighbor. 'R' LA (CC) (100 min.) (STARZ: Mon 2 pm)

APOCALYPTO *** (2006) Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo. The end of the Mayan civilization draws near. 'R' AVN (CC) (140 min.) (STARZ: Wed 2 pm, 10:05 pm)

THE APPALOOSA *** (1966) Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer. A cowboy tries to retrieve his horse from Mexican bandits. 'NR' (135 min.) (AMC: Sat 5:45 am)

THE ARISTOCATS *** (1970) Voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor. Animated. A Parisian cat and her kittens inherit a fortune. 'G' (90 min.) (DISN: Mon 9:30 am)

ARIZONA SUMMER (2003) Gemini Barnett, Lee Majors. Youngsters make friends and cause mischief at a summer camp. 'PG' LA (CC) (115 min.) (TMC: Tue 3:35 pm)

ARLINGTON ROAD *** (1999) Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins. A professor learns his new neighbors have a sinister agenda. 'R' LV (CC) (120 min.) (HBO: Mon 4 am)

ARMAGEDDON * (1998) Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton. A hero tries to save Earth from an asteroid. 'PG-13' LAV (180 min.) (FX: Tue 6 pm, Wed 9 am)

ASK THE DUST ** (2006) Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek. A Mexican waitress and a writer meet in 1930s Los Angeles. 'R' LAN (120 min.) (SHOW: Sun 2 am, Wed 12:30 am)

ASSISTED LIVING *** (2003) Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Riley. An Alzheimer's patient believes a caretaker is her son. 'R' A (CC) (90 min.) (SUND: Thu 10:15 am)

ASYLUM ** (2005) Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen. An asylum inmate and an administrator's wife have an affair. 'R' LASV (CC) (105 min.) (TMC: Tue 12:15 am)

ATL ** (2006) Tip "T.I." Harris, Lauren London. Four Atlanta teens face challenges. 'PG-13' LAV (CC) (120 min.) (MAX: Wed 7 pm)

L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE *** (2002) Romain Duris, Judith Godreche. An economics student takes classes in Barcelona, Spain. 'R' LAN (CC) (130 min.) (IFC: Sat 12:15 pm)

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER ** (2002) Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles. Austin goes back to 1975 to rescue his captive father. 'PG-13' LA (CC) (120 min.) (TBS: Sun 3 pm)

AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY ** (1997) Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley. Cryogenically preserved foes meet again. 'PG-13' LAN (120 min.) (E!: Sun 11 am, Tue 7 pm, Wed 3 pm)

AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME *** (1999) Mike Myers, Heather Graham. Austin travels in time to get his mojo back. 'PG-13' LAV (130 min.) (TBS: Thu 8 pm)

AVATAR: DAY OF BLACK SUN (2007) Voices of Zach Tyler Eisen, Jack DeSena. Animated. A boy fights against the Fire Nation during a solar eclipse. (CC) (60 min.) (NICK: Fri 7 pm)


THE BABE ** (1992) John Goodman, Kelly McGillis. The life story of baseball hero Babe Ruth. 'PG' LA (CC) (120 min.) (ENC: Fri 6:05 am)

BABE **** (1995) James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski. A piglet becomes a sheepherder. Live action/animatronics. 'G' (CC) (100 min.) (ENC: Tue 9:30 am)

BABY BOOM *** (1987) Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis. Manhattan exec suddenly inherits baby girl, moves to Vermont. 'PG' LA (150 min.) (OXYGEN: Sun 11:30 am)

BABY BOY *** (2001) Tyrese Gibson, Omar Gooding. A man juggles womanizing with fighting his mother's boyfriend. 'R' LASV (150 min.) (MTV: Fri 9 pm, 11:30 pm)

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB ** (1995) Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair. Seven girls run a summer day-care camp. 'PG' L (95 min.) (SHOW: Thu 6 am)

THE BACHELOR * (1999) Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger. A man has 27 hours to marry in order to inherit $100 million. 'PG-13' L (CC) (105 min.) (ENC: Mon 5:15 pm)


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