Years active1968–present RoleActress NiecesFlorinda Bogner
Full NameFlorinda Soares Bulcao Born15 February 1941 (age 74) (1941-02-15) Uruburetama, Brazil ParentsMaria Hosana Soares Bulcao, Jose Pedro Soares Bulcao SiblingsJose Maria Soares Bulcao, Sonia Ribeiro, Odete Ribeiro, Alina Soares Bulcao Movies and TV showsInvestigation of a Citizen Above Su, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Don't Torture a Duckling, The Anonymous Venetian, La piovra Similar PeopleMarina Cicogna, Tony Musante, Elio Petri, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Gian Maria Volonte
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Florinda Bolkan (born Florinda Soares Bulcao; 15 February 1941) is a Brazilian actress.
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She was born in Uruburetama and lived in Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro until she moved to Italy. A former flight inspector for Brazilian international carrier Varig, she became fluent in English, Italian and French. Bulcao moved to Italy in 1968 after being discovered by the film director Luchino Visconti. She changed her name to Florinda Bolkan because she thought it would be more comfortable for international audiences.
Bolkan acted with the Beatle Ringo Starr in her first film, Candy. She worked in more than forty films, mainly in Italy. She was directed by Vittorio de Sica in Una Breve Vacanza. Under Elio Petri's direction, she made Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Enrico Maria Salerno directed her in Anonimo Veneziano. She worked with Jean-Louis Trintignant, John Cassavetes, and Annie Girardot.
Like Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Vitti, she also won the David di Donatello award three times, the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award in Hollywood. When De Sica cast her in Una Breve Vacanza, the film that introduced her to North America, he said: "I chose you because your eyes have known hunger." She replied: "Those born in Ceara bring within themselves a strong and hard share of the real thing."
For 20 years, Bolkan was the life partner of Countess Marina Cicogna, producer of Una Breve Vacanza.. In 2000, Bolkan debuted as director in the Brazilian film Eu Nao Conhecia Tururu. Besides directing, she also plays a major character in the film. She continues to act in European films, mostly Italian films.