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Argentina Brunetti

Mostly Credited As: Argentina Brunetti
Sometimes Credited As: Argentine Brunetti

Birth Name: Argentina Ferrau
Date Of Birth: August 31, 1907 (Age 98)
Country Of Birth: Argentina
Birth Place: Buenos Aires
Date Of Death: December 20, 2005
Cause Of Death: natural causes

Argentina Brunetti


Argentina Brunetti was only 3 when she became the third generation to carry on the family tradition with a walk-on role in the opera Cavalleria Rusticana in which her actress/singer mother Mimi Aguglia had a role. Mimi's mother was Sicilian actress Giuseppina Aguglia. Agrentina appeared on stage in supporting roles in Europe and South America until she signed a contract with MGM Studios to dub dialogue in Italian for actresses like Norma Shearer. During this period, she also worked for Voice of America interviewing Hollywood stars for broadcast in Italy.

In 1946, she made her movie debut as Mrs. Martini in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. She went on to appear in over 90 films and 60 television shows while writing books and music and performing daily on radio. She played everything from Dean Martin's mother in The Caddy to women of various ethnicities.

She married Miro Brunetti, a foreign correspondent in Hollywood, and they were founding members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which presents the "Golden Globe Awards". Their son, Mario, maintains his mother's website. Argentina was also a long-time member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ("Oscars").

She died in 2005 at age 98, exactly 59 years to the day after the release of It's a Wonderful Life in which she made her screen debut. She had been the last surviving adult member of the cast.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) 
  Mia Famiglia 02x14: (Jan/12/1998) As Zia Sarina 

Booker (1989) 
  Mobile Home 01x21: (Apr/29/1990) As Grandma Putrelli 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  The Appointment/Mr. Tattoo 02x09: (Nov/18/1978) As Teresa 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  Matters of Life and Death 03x14: (Jan/20/1978) As Mrs. Maggiore 

Wonder Woman (1976) 
  The Return of Wonder Woman 02x01: (Sep/16/1977) As Manageress 

Switch (1975) 
  The Hundred Thousand Ruble Rumble 02x13: (Dec/21/1976) As Tina, [Co-Guest Stars]

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  Deadly Innocence 03x22: (Feb/15/1976) As Christina 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  No Badge For Benjy 02x08: (Nov/01/1973) As Consuela 

To Rome With Love (1969) 
  Rome is Where You Find It 02x06: (Oct/20/1970) As Josie 

The High Chaparral (1967) 
  A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry 03x02: (Sep/26/1969) As Duena 

Ironside (1967) 
  The Sacrifice 02x03: (Oct/03/1968) As Rita's Aunt, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Big Valley (1965) 
  The Devil's Masquerade 03x24: (Mar/04/1968) As Maria, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Invaders (1967) 
  The Mutation 01x03: (Jan/24/1967) As Luz 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  The Gypsies 06x23: (Feb/21/1966) As La Farona, the Gypsy Queen 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Stroke of Genius 03x20: (Feb/01/1966) As Mexican Woman 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  Special Delivery 01x19: (Jan/23/1966) As Tia Rodriguez, [Featuring]

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Gold Mine 11x15: (Dec/25/1965) As Louise Danby 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Journeys End in Lovers Meeting 04x27: (Apr/19/1965) As Mrs. Sanchez 

Mr. Novak (1963) 
  I'm on the Outside 01x21: (Feb/11/1964) As Mrs. Arcero 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  A Place to Die 01x26: (Jun/01/1963) As Mother Superior 

Going My Way (1962) 
  Cornelius Come Home 01x23: (Mar/06/1963) As Mrs. Molletti 
  Back to Ballymora 01x01: (Oct/03/1962) As Mrs. Severino 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  Guilty Conscience 04x27: (Apr/02/1962) As Mrs. Ramirez 

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) 
  Have Reindeer, Will Travel 03x11: (Dec/19/1961) As Grandmother 

Miami Undercover (1960) 
  The Victims 01x31: (Aug/21/1961) As Mrs. Alemada 

The Lawless Years (1959) 
  Blood Brothers 03x14: (Aug/11/1961) As Mrs. Matteo 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Trap at Cordova 01x27: (May/26/1961) As Senora Maria Otero 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Chalice 04x34: (May/24/1961) As Lisa Canaveri 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  Persons Unknown 03x20: (Feb/07/1961) As Maria Gonzalez 
  The Storm 02x39: (Jun/21/1960) As Margarita Castera 

Lock-Up (1959) 
  His Brother's Keeper 02x17: (Jan/07/1961) As Mrs. Voltaire 

Coronado 9 (1960) 
  Obituary of a Small Ape 01x17: (Dec/27/1960) As Mrs. Dominguez 

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) 
  Surprise Witness 03x07: (Nov/02/1960) As Juanita Domingo 

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  The Guilty Men 01x06: (Oct/18/1960) As Mrs. Romano 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident of the One Hundred Amulets 02x26: (May/06/1960) As Rosa Patines 

Bonanza (1959) 
  Dark Star 01x31: (Apr/23/1960) As Bruja's helper 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  The Story of Judith 08x22: (Feb/28/1960) As Sarah 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Unhired Assassin (1) 01x20: (Feb/25/1960) As Mrs. Swoboda 
  The Artichoke King 01x08: (Dec/03/1959) As Mrs. Cestari 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Life in the Balance 01x12: (Jan/01/1960) As Mrs. Moretti 

M Squad (1957) 
  The Human Bond 03x06: (Oct/23/1959) As Mrs. Doris Michaels 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  A Diamond for Carla 02x01: (Sep/14/1959) As Elena 

The Thin Man (1957) 
  Man on the Bridge 01x19: (Jan/31/1958) As Shana Daupha 

Panic! (1957) 
  Nightmare 01x07: (Apr/16/1957) As Tina D'Alessio 

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) 
  Spanish Intrigue 01x23: (Feb/08/1957) As Tri Rosa 

Navy Log (1955) 
  The Pilot 02x07: (Nov/28/1956) As Madame Deschamps 

Telephone Time (1956) 
  Felix the Fourth 01x11: (Jun/17/1956) As guest star 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Light and Shadow 01x63: (Jan/27/1956) As guest star 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  Yacht on the High Sea 01x08: (Jan/11/1956) As Rosa Hernandez 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Gino 03x05: (Sep/25/1955) As Mrs. Nardo 
  Nobody's Boy 01x24: (Mar/07/1954) As Mrs. Farenzi 

Racket Squad (1951) 
  The Christmas Caper 03x15: (Dec/25/1952) As Mrs. Scarpita 

Hopalong Cassidy (1952) 
  Blind Encounter 01x10: (Dec/01/1952) As Senora Soledad 

The Veil (1958) 
  The Doctors 01x04: (Unaired) As Maria 

The Lone Wolf (1954) 
  The Italian Story 01x11: (Unknown) As Mama Crosetti 
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