BARBARA MAGNOLFI IS AN ITALIAN ACTRESS BASED IN THE U.S.
Barbara Magnolfi is one of Europe’s top ten actresses from the most prolific and creative period in Italian cinema — the Giallo era. Named at age 13 a “natural talent” by director Antonio Pietrangeli, this celebrated actress has worked with Italy’s most lauded directors, such as Dario Argento (Suspiria), Sergio Martino (The Suspicious Death of a Minor), Ruggero Deodato (Cut and Run), Aldo Lado (Caccia al ladro d’autore), and recently with Luigi Cozzi (Blood On Méliès Moon). She is also seen in memorable cult films such as Blazing Flowers and La Madama, and starred as the troubled Ursula in The Sister of Ursula.
Barbara is best known internationally for her iconic performance as Olga, Jessica Harper’s hissing, venomous roommate in Dario Argento’s classic horror masterpiece, 1977’s Suspiria. Bringing a captivating element of electrically feminine power to the role, even Argento noted her beguiling presence, calling her ‘La Mia Streghina’ (my little witch). Cited often as one of the greatest horror films of all time, Barbara’s cinematic legacy was sealed through her indelible contributions to this genre-defying film.
Currently Ms. Magnolfi continues to dazzle audiences in front of and behind the camera, lending her longevity to independent productions. She executive produced and starred in Ama Lea’s Deathcember segment Five Deaths in Blood Red, which was released last year in a deluxe DVD package. In Skip Shea’s Rondo Award-winning New England folk horror film, Seeds, her pivotal role is the key to solving the movie’s mystery, and will soon be seen by a new audience thanks to an upcoming DVD release.