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Marina Malfatti (1940 - 2016)

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Marina Malfatti (1940 - 2016)

Marina Malfatti, an Italian actress known best in the U.S. for the 1971 films “The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” and “The Fourth Victim,” died June 8, 2016, according to multiple Italian news sources. She was 76.

Malfatti was known best for appearing in Italian horror films of the 1970s.

She was born Marisa Malfatti April 25, 1940, in Florence, Italy, and later changed the spelling of her first name to Marina. When she was 17, she moved to Paris, France, to study drama for two years. She then returned to Italy and started her acting career in mostly small parts in film and the theater.

In 1960, Italian actor Aroldo Foà picked Malfatti as his co-star for the play “Two for the Seesaw” by the American playwright William Gibson. Gibson also wrote the Tony Award-winning play “The Miracle Worker.”

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Malfatti’s other notable credits include the films “A Black Ribbon for Deborah,” (1974) which starred the American actor Gig Young; “Seven Blood-Stained Orchids” (1972); “The Return of Clint the Stranger” (1972); “The Red Queen Kills Seven Times” 1972); and a 1992 stage production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Malfatti also appeared on several Italian television miniseries and movies before retiring in the mid-1990s.

Malfatti was married to Umberto La Rocca, a diplomat, who preceded her in death.

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