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Barbara Magnolfi

Dario Argento's Suspiria

Beautiful and charismatic brunette Barbara Magnolfi was born to an Italian father and French mother in France. Barbara grew up in Rome, Italy. Magnolfi began studying ballet at age 4 and rose to the level of a lead ballerina at age 10. She acted in her first movie in an uncredited role at age 13 and the director Antonio Pietrangeli named her a "Natural Talent". At age 15 Barbara started modeling and soon thereafter was featured in international print ads. (She also twice graced the cover of Espresso magazine.)

 

Magnolfi is perhaps best known to US audience as Jessica Harper's venomous college roommate Olga in Dario Argento's terrifying horror cult classic Suspiria (1977) and the troubled main character in the lurid Giallo The Sister of Ursula (1978).

 

She is a staple in Italian cinema and one of the 10 top actresses of the cult era in Italy in the mid-70s and 80s. Relocated in Los Angeles where she has continued working in front and behind the camera. Currently writing her autobiography.