Olga "Hesperia" “Hesperia” Mambelli (Olga Mambelli)

Olga “Hesperia” Mambelli

Actress. A native of Bertinoro, Italy, she spent her childhood and early youth in Meldola, a small town near Forlì. Olga started her artistic career in 1907. Until 1912, she worked as a vaudeville actress. She was a well-known actress who played in all the major theaters of Europe as a performer of the so-called tableaux vivant, a theatrical genre very popular in the theaters of the time. In 1913, she started her career in silent films when one of founders of the Cines film production company chose her for the role of co-star alongside Ignazio Lupi for the film “Zuma” by Baldassarre Negroni. She and Lupi formed an artistic duo who became famous for the interpretation of several melodramas. Olga gained international fame especially for the Zuma film whose plot was written by a young Augusto Genina. At the height of her career, she was an actress who worked for the film studios Milano Films and Tiber Film where she became a prima actress, taking the place of Francesca Bertini, with whom she began an intense artistic rivalry that reached its peak with the simultaneous release of two different versions of the film “La Signora dalle Camelie” (1915). Olga starred in about thirty silent films between 1913 and 1923. She retired from the stage after marrying film director Baldassarre Negroni with whom she became romantically involved since their collaboration at the Cines. In 1938, she went back to work in cinema in her only sound film, “Orgoglio” (1938) by Marco Elter. (bio by: Ruggero)

Born

  • July, 09, 1885
  • Italy

Died

  • May, 05, 1959
  • Italy

Cemetery

  • Cimitero Flaminio
  • Lazio
  • Italy

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