Rossano Brazzi Biography
Rossano Brazzi was an Italian stage and film actor. His first break into films came in 1942, when Zarah Leander’s film studio was casting for a leading man to play opposite Leander in the film Damals (1943) (At That Time, Le Foyer Perdu).
He’s most familiar to English-speaking audiences for his role as Emile De Becque in South Pacific (1958), playing opposite Mitzi Gaynor.
Rossano Brazzi Family
Brazzi was born on 24 December 1994 in Bologna, Italy, the son of Maria Ghedini and Adelmo Brazzi, an employee of the Rizzoli shoe factory. He had a brother, Oscar Brazzi (1918 – 1998). He was named after Rossano Veneto, where his father was stationed during his military service in World War I. Brazzi attended San Marco University in Florence, Italy, where he was raised from the age of four.
Rossano Brazzi Relationships | Rossano Brazzi Wife
He married baroness Lidia Bertolini (1921–1981) in 1940. The two remained married until her death from liver cancer in 1981 and had no children. He also had a relationship with 20-year-old Llewella Humphreys (1934–1992), the daughter of American mobster Murray Humphreys with whom he fathered a son. Humphreys later changed her name to Luella Brady, an anglicization of Brazzi.
Brazzi remarried in 1984, this time to Ilse Fischer, a German national, who had been the couple’s housekeeper for many years. Originally from Düsseldorf, Fischer had met Brazzi as an infatuated fan in Rome at the age of twenty-four. This marriage was also childless and lasted till his death.
Rossano Brazzi Son
Rossano Brazzi’s son is George Llewellyn Brady (born 24 July 1955) from a relationship with Llewella Humphreys.
Rossano Brazzi Films
- Processo e morte di Socrate (1939) as Simmia
- Bridge of Glass (1940) as comandante Mario Marchi
- Kean (1940) as Edmund Kean
- Ritorno (1940) as Michele Donato, alias Mac Dynar
- La fuerza bruta (1941) as Fred
- Tosca (1941) as Mario Cavaradossi
- Il bravo di Venezia (1941) as Guido Fuser, suo figlio
- The King’s Jester (1941) as Il re Francesco Iº
- A Woman Has Fallen (1941) as Roberto Frassi
- We the Living (1942) as Leo Kovalenski
- Girl of the Golden West (1942) as William / Manuel
- La Gorgona (1942) sa Lamberto Finquinaldo
- South Pacific (1958) as Emile De Becque
- A Certain Smile (1958) as Luc Ferrand
- Count Your Blessings (1959) as Charles Edouard de Valhubert
- Siege of Syracuse (1960) as Archimede
- Austerlitz (1960) as Lucien Bonaparte
- Mondo cane (1962) as Himself
- The Light in the Piazza (1962) as Signor Naccarelli
- Rome Adventure (1962) as Roberto Orlandi
- Redhead (1962) as Fabio
- Three Fables of Love (1962) as Leo (segment “Le lièvre et le tortue”)
- Dark Purpose (1964) as Count Paolo Barbarelli
- La ragazza in prestito (1964) as Mario Menacci
- Instant Love (1964) – Claudio DeSantis
- The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965) as Lorenzo
- Malìa (1946) as Cola, cognato di Jana
- Black Eagle (1946) as Vladimir Dubrowskij
- La monaca di Monza (1947)
- La grande aurora (1947) as Renzo Gamba
- Fury (1947) as Antonio
- Bullet for Stefano (1947) as Stefano Pelloni
- The Courier of the King (1947) as Julien Sorel
- Il diavolo bianco (1947) as Prince André Mdwani as Il diavolo bianco
- Eleonora Duse (1947) as Arrigo Boito
- I contrabbandieri del mare (1948) as Mario
- Little Women (1949) as Professor Bhaer
- Volcano (1950) as Donato
- The Fighting Men (1950) as Saro Costa
- Romanzo d’amore (1950) as Enrico Toselli, among others.
He was propelled to international fame with his role in the English-language film Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), followed by the leading male role in David Lean’s Summertime (1955), opposite Katharine Hepburn. In 1958, he played the lead as Frenchman Emile De Becque in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. His other notable English-language films include The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Story of Esther Costello (1957), opposite Joan Crawford, Count Your Blessings (1959),The Light in the Piazza (1962), and The Italian Job (1969).
Rossano Brazzi Death
Brazzi died in Rome on Christmas Eve 1994, aged 78, from a neural virus.