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Johan Melle
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Margherita Horowitz from the Annuario degli attori 1977:

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And now finally: a topic for Margherita Horowitz, the great Austrian actress who played supporting roles (many uncredited) in countless Italian films!

Margherita was born in Austria in 1919. Her birth name was Margarethe Horowitz and her mother was Jewish. She started her career as an actress very early, and was only 14 years old when she was discovered and started to play small theater roles in Vienna.

But the growing anti-semitism in Europe in the late 1930s put an end to Margarethe's career, and she couldn't get any more work because she was half-Jewish. Desperate for work, the now 18-year-old Margarethe heard about opportunities for young singers and dancers in Italy, and decided to go to an audition. The tall, blonde and attractive Margarethe impressed on her audition and was given a six-month contract to work on the stage at the Teatro Valle in Rome.

In Rome, she met Renato Trentini, a handsome Italian fascist officer, and the two fell in love with each other. Margarethe and Renato quickly got married, and Margarethe now changed her name to Margherita Trentini and converted to Roman Catholocism. But the happiness was short-lived because soon World War 2 broke out. Renato started to work as a liaison with the German army. Because of the German occupation of Italy, there was desperate need for translators and a German major offered Margherita a translator job. Terrified that the Nazis would discover that she was half-Jewish, Margherita was too afraid to say no, and she worked with organizing theater performances for the Nazis and translaing their documents and conversations.

Fortunately, the Germans never discovered the truth about Margherita's Jewish heritage and when the war ended in 1945 she could finally feel safe. She divorced Renato, took back her maiden name Horowitz and started to act in the theater again. She also worked as a model, and also started to appear in small movie roles. Her earliest movie credit on the IMDb is from 1960 but we must assume that she also played many uncredited roles in the 1950s. Indeed, many of her roles were small and uncredited but in the 1960s she started to also get more substantial supporting roles, and was a prolific character actress up until the 1980s. In 1989, Margherita retired from acting and since then she has lived quietly outside the limelight but in 2003 she was interviewed in the Associated Press about her experiences during the war, and it was thanks to this interview that I was able to create this mini-bio for her.

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FILMOGRAPHY
    1955
  1. I pappagalli (uncredited) .... Member of the audience at concert

    1957
  2. A farewell to arms (uncredited) .... Nurse

    1958
  3. Vento di primavera (uncredited) .... Spectatress at concert
  4. Totò a Parigi (uncredited) .... Train passenger

    1959
  5. Il vedovo (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1960
  6. Adua e le compagne (uncredited) .... Woman with striped suit in the trattoria (no pic still)
  7. Crimen (uncredited) .... Maid
  8. Il mattatore (uncredited) .... Night club customer
  9. Il vigile (uncredited) .... Party guest
  10. Letto a tre piazze (uncredited) .... Dancing woman

    1961
  11. Fantasmi a Roma (uncredited) .... Journalist

    1963
  12. Gli imbroglioni (uncredited) .... Woman in the courtroom
  13. Il boom (uncredited) .... Restaurant customer

    1964
  14. I marziani hanno 12 mani (uncredited) .... Party guest
  15. Il giovedì (uncredited) .... Kleptomaniac
  16. Sedotti e bidonati (uncredited) .... Casino player

    1965
  17. I criminali della galassia (as Margaret Horowitz) .... Mrs. Fowler

    1966
  18. 3 colpi di Winchester per Ringo (credited) .... Mrs. Carson (no pic still)
  19. Come imparai ad amare le donne (uncredited) .... Nun (no pic still)
  20. Io, io, io... e gli altri (uncredited) .... Woman in church
  21. Kriminal (uncredited) .... Woman at the casino table
  22. Missione speciale Lady Chaplin (uncredited) .... Woman at the fashion show
  23. Sette pistole per i MacGregor (as Margaret Horowitz) .... Annie MacGregor (no pic still)

    1967
  24. Addio, mamma! (as Margaret Horowitz) .... role? (no pic still)
  25. John il bastardo (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  26. OK Connery (credited) .... The Princess
  27. Sette donne per i MacGregor (credited) .... Annie MacGregor (no pic still)

    1968
  28. La morte ha fatto l'uovo (credited) .... Marco's secretary
  29. I tre che sconvolsero il West (as Margareth Horowitz) .... Woman in mourning (no pic still)

    1970
  30. Lady Barbara (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1971
  31. All'ultimo minuto (TV series) - episode 1: "Allarme a bordo" (uncredited) Airplane passenger
  32. Homo Eroticus (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  33. Il gatto a nove code (uncredited) .... Lori's babysitter
  34. Il prete sposato (uncredited) .... role? (no pic still)
  35. La stirpe di Caino (credited) .... role? (no pic still)

    1972
  36. E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico (uncredited) .... Woman with dog (no pic still)
  37. Il west ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (as Margaret Horowitz) .... Stagecoach passenger (no pic still)
  38. Los amigos (as Margherita Trentini) .... Mrs. McDonald (no pic still)
  39. Ludwig (uncredited) .... Woman of the court
  40. Questa specie d'amore (credited) .... role?
  41. Sette scialli di seta gialla (uncredited) .... Fashion salon worker (no pic still)

    1973
  42. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (credited) .... Gerace's wife
  43. L'ultima neve di primavera (credited) .... Mariolina
  44. Troppo rischio per un uomo solo (credited) .... Rudy's maid (no pic still)
  45. Ultimo tango a Zagarol (uncredited) .... Dancer

    1974
  46. Anno uno (uncredited) .... Journalist
  47. Donna è bello .... role? (no pic still)
  48. E cominciò il viaggio nella vertigine (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  49. Fatevi vivi: la polizia non interverrà (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  50. Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (credited) .... Maid (no pic still)
  51. Identikit (uncredited) .... Airplane passenger
  52. Il profumo della signora in nero (uncredited) .... Signora Lovati (no pic still)
  53. Il sorriso del grande tentatore (credited) .... Prince Ottavio's mother

    1975
  54. ...a tutte le auto della polizia (credited) .... Antonietta, Icardi's maid (no pic still)
  55. Attenti al buffone (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral
  56. Babysitter - Un maledetto pasticcio (uncredited) .... Maid (no pic still)
  57. Fantozzi (uncredited) .... Guest at Catellani's house
  58. Le malizie di venere (uncredited) .... Witness at the trial
  59. Lezioni private (uncredited) .... Tourist
  60. Macchie solari (uncredited) .... American tourist
  61. Mark il poliziotto spara per primo (credited) .... Maria Clerici (no pic still)
  62. Salon Kitty (credited) .... Margherita's mother

    1976
  63. Il trucide e lo sbirro (uncredited) .... Restaurant customer
  64. L'innocente (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  65. Milano violenta .... Bank employee
  66. Quelle strane occasioni - segment: ''Italian Superman'' (uncredited) .... Night club customer
  67. Quelli della calibro 38 (uncredited) .... Woman at the casino
  68. Uomini si nasce, poliziotti si muore (credited) .... Mona, the hostage woman (no pic still)

    1977
  69. Casanova & co. (as Margherita Trentini) .... Mother Superior
  70. I nuovi mostri (credited) .... Actress (no pic still)
  71. Il marito in collegio (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  72. La svastica nel ventre (credited) .... Hanna's mother (no pic still)
  73. La via della droga (credited) .... Drugaddicted girl's mother (no pic still)
  74. Pane, burro e marmellata (uncredited) .... Bruno's neighbor (no pic still)
  75. Suspiria (credited) .... Teacher

    1978
  76. Il commissario di ferro (credited) .... Conforti's neighbor (no pic still)
  77. La cage aux folles / Il vizietto (credited) .... Mrs. De Blanc's secretary (no pic still)
  78. Tutto suo padre (credited) .... Adalgisa (no pic still)

    1979
  79. Il giocattolo (credited) .... Pizzeria owner (no pic still)
  80. Letti selvaggi - segment 'Attenzione a quei due' (uncredited) .... Princess at casino

    1980
  81. Ciao Marziano (uncredited) .... Party Guest
  82. La terrazza (credited) .... Guest (no pic still)
  83. Sono fotogenico (uncredited) .... Woman on the train

    1981
  84. L'isola del gabbiano (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman at spa (no pic still)
  85. La salamandra (uncredited) .... Wife of Minister of Defence
  86. Pierino il fichissimo (uncredited) .... Woman in the phone booth

    1982
  87. Dio li fa e poi li accoppia (uncredited) .... Woman in the courtroom
  88. Morte in Vaticano (credited) .... role? (no pic still)
  89. Sogni mostruosamente proibiti (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1983
  90. Zero in condotta (uncredited) .... Mistress at the finals (no pic still)

    1984
  91. I due carabinieri (uncredited) .... Woman at wedding
  92. Il turno (credited) .... role? (no pic still)

    1985
  93. Assisi underground (uncredited) .... Jewish woman
  94. Saving Grace (credited) .... Nun interpreter
  95. Sono un fenomeno paranormale (uncredited) .... Dinner party guest

    1986
  96. Il bi e il ba (uncredited) .... Foreign tourist
  97. Quando arriva il giudice (TV series) - Episode 5: "La notte delle stelle" (uncredited) .... Guest at the costume party

    1988
  98. War and remembrance (TV mini series) .... Mrs. Sacerdote (no pic still)

    1989
  99. Classe di ferro (TV series) - episode 4: "La licenza" (credited) .... Nun
  100. I ragazzi della 3C (TV series) - episode 30: "Il sosia di Bruno Sacchi" (uncredited) .... Shop customer
FOTOROMANZI
  1. Sogno: "Nel profondo del cuore" (from September 1962 to early 1963)
 
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Posted: January 11, 2011 08:12 pm
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And now some pictures of Margherita's film roles!


I criminali della galassia (1965) - small but credited role as Enzo Fiermonte's wife

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Nice role for her as Jean-Louis Trintignant's secretary in La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968)

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Il gatto a nove code (1971) - uncredited role as the baby-sitter

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Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (1973) - thanks to Tibor for the pic

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Briefly seen as a journalist in Anno Uno (1974)

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Very notable appearance for her as Teresa Ann Savoy's fascist mother in Salon Kitty (1975) - really interesting role for Margherita considering her background

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Uncredited (and with a bad wig) as one of the guests at Umberto D'Orsi's house in Fantozzi (1975)

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Uncredited again as a woman at the casino in Quelli della calibro 38 (1976)

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And let's not forget her very memorable role as the hostage in Uomini si nasce, poliziotti si muore (1976). I was very impressed with her work in this film as she really gets roughed up by Franco Citti

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Also memorable as the poor mother of a drugaddicted girl in La via della droga (1977)

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Comical part for Margherita in Casanova & Co. (1977) - the really surprising thing here is that she is credited as Margherita Trentini - the surname of her ex-husband!

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She is visible in a few scenes as one of the teachers in Suspiria (1977)

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Short uncredited role as a woman at the spa in the TV mini series L'isola del gabbiano (1981)

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Uncredited role in The Salamander (1981), where she is the wife of the Minister of Defence (played by Andrea Esterhazy)

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Uncredited as one of the wedding guests I due carabinieri (1984)

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Uncredited again as one of the Jewish people hiding from the Nazis in The Assisi Underground (1985)

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Margherita as a nun in Saving Grace (1985)

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And finally we have what appears to be Margherita's final acting role - a nice little role as hospital nun in the TV series Classe di ferro - episode 4: "La licenza" (1989)

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Not surprisingly, Margherita has also appeared in a fotoromanzo. Here she is (uncredited) as Rosanna Galli's mother in "Nel profondo del cuore", a fotoromanzo-a-puntate published in the magazine Sogno from September 1962 to early 1963:

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What a work Johan!
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Very interesting topic. thank you!
 
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Great topic !

Here her credited role from L'ultima neve di primavera (1973)

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And here uncredited as a woman at the funeral in Attenti al buffone (1975)

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