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Scacchi, Greta (1960-)


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Daughter of an Italian father and English mother, raised in Milan, then moved to London and, in 1975, to Australia, the gorgeous Greta Scacchi trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and entered films in the early '80s.

Even dressed, which was not always the case, she commanded attention in such films as Merchant-Ivory's Heat and Dust (1982) as the memsahib who strays, in White Mischief (d. Michael Radford, 1987), as another faithless colonial wife, in The Browning Version (d. Mike Figgis, 1994), faithless again, as the wife of desiccated teacher Albert Finney, and, against what had come to seem type, as understanding Mrs Weston in Emma (UK/US, d. Douglas McGrath, 1996), not to speak of playing Gale Sondergaard, great actress but no beauty, in One of the Hollywood Ten (US/UK/Spain, d. Karl Francis, 2000).

But apart from such British-based work, she has made films in Germany, Australia (winning an AFI award for Looking for Alibrandi, d. Kate Woods, 2000) and the US (seductive as ever in Presumed Innocent, d. Alan J.Pakula, 1990). She had a four-year relationship with her Salt on Our Skin (Canada/France/Germany, d. Andrew Birkin, 1992) co-star, Vincent D'Onofrio, by whom she has a daughter.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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