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Nicoletta Machiavelli (1944 - 2015)

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Nicoletta Machiavelli (1944 - 2015)

Italian actress Nicoletta Machiavelli, who acted alongside Burt Reynolds in 1966's "Navajo Joe," has died, according to Seattle, King County, Washington, public records and other sources. She was 71.

Machiavelli died Sunday in Seattle. A cause of death was not announced.

A direct descendant of the famed Renaissance philosopher and author Nicolo Macchiavelli, whose surname became an adjective to describe political scheming, she was born Aug. 1, 1944, in Ravarino, Italy. She was signed in her early 20s by the Italian film director Dino de Laurentiis in 1965. She went on to play roles in spaghetti Westerns including "A Minute To Pray," "Second To Die," "No Room To Die" "The Hills Run Red" and "Hate Thy Neighbour."

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She co-starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni and Alain Delon, among others. In all, she appeared in about 40 films, including "Candy," "Matchless" and "The Ravine," between 1965 and 1983.

In the U.S., Machiavelli was seen in "Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies." She appeared on TV as well, including the series "It Takes a Thief."

She left acting in the 1980s and moved to Seattle, where she worked as an interpreter and Italian language teacher at the University of Washington.

She also led guided tours in Italy as well as the American Southwest.

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