Franca Valeri, Italy’s Beloved Comic Actor, Dies at 100

Her roles in the 1950s through the 1970s — first on radio, then on TV and in movies — helped seal her legacy.

Franca Valeri, the elegant, ironic and versatile actor who pioneered female comic roles in Italy’s post-war years and helped the nation laugh at its foibles, has died at 100, ABC News reports.

Valeri died in her sleep at her home in Rome on Sunday, nine days after her 100th birthday.

Milanese by birth but Roman by adoption, Valeri will be honored with a wake Monday at a theater in the Italian capital, Rome’s City Hall announced.

(Photo credit: Associazione Amici di Piero Chiara)

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