Anna Galiena

Actor
A darkly beauteous Mediterranean actress who has performed in films primarily in France, Italy and Spain, Galiena is fluent in four languages and has also appeared onstage in Paris and Washington, DC. She began ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1954 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (41)

Nessuno si salva da solo 2015 (Movie)

Viola - madre di Delia (Actor)

Avis de mistral 2014 (Movie)

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Sleeping Around 2009 (Movie)

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Ultimatum 2009 (Movie)

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Fade to Black 2008 (Movie)

Aida Padovani (Actor)

Lezioni Di Volo 2007 (Movie)

Madre di Pollo (Actor)

Scrivilo sui muri 2007 (Movie)

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Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

The Abbess (Actor)

A Life in Suitcases 2005 (Movie)

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Les Parrains 2005 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Senso '45 2001 (Movie)

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But Forever in My Mind 2000 (Movie)

Silvio's Mother (Actor)

Love in the Mirror 1998 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Preference 1998 (Movie)

Mila (Actor)

The Leading Man 1998 (Movie)

Elena Webb (Actor)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Maria/Sophia (Actor)

La Pistola de mi Hermano 1996 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Three Lives and Only One Death 1996 (Movie)

Tania (Actor)

3 1995 (Movie)

Baroness Chiara Del Serchio (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

La Scuola 1994 (Movie)

Majello (Actor)

Les Caprices d'un Fleuve 1994 (Movie)

Louise de Saint-Agnan (Actor)

Mario and the Magician 1994 (Movie)

Rachel Fuhrmann (Actor)

Senza Pelle 1994 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Il Grande Cocomero 1993 (Movie)

Cinzia (Actor)

Jamón, jamón 1993 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Atlantide 1992 (Movie)

Amira (Actor)

The Hairdresser's Husband 1992 (Movie)

Mathilde (Actor)

Veille Canaille 1991 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

La Viuda del Capitan Estrada 1990 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

Quiet Days in Clichy 1989 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Rorret 1989 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Willy Signori e Vengo da Lontano 1989 (Movie)

Alessandra (Actor)

La Travestie 1988 (Movie)

Myriam (Actor)

Hotel Colonial 1987 (Movie)

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Laggiu Nella Giungla 1986 (Movie)

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Mosca Addio 1986 (Movie)

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Puro Cashmere 1986 (Movie)

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Excellent Cadavers (TV Show)

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Moses (TV Show)

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The Nightmare Years (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A darkly beauteous Mediterranean actress who has performed in films primarily in France, Italy and Spain, Galiena is fluent in four languages and has also appeared onstage in Paris and Washington, DC. She began appearing in films in the mid-1980s, though the dreadful US-Italian adventure "Hotel Colonial" (1986) did not help her career much. Galiena worked primarily in Italy for the next few years, and though she has continued to play prominent supporting roles, she graduated to leads in Fulvio Wetzl's first film, the disturbing, reflexive horror thriller "Rorret" (1988). That same year, she also played a leading role in the French-made drama "La Travestie".

Galiena studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and eventually worked with directors Claude Chabrol ("Quiet Days in Clichy" 1990) and Bob Swaim ("Atlantide" 1992). The role that brought her international notice came as the eponymous beautician who marries an older man in Patrice Leconte's quietly comical, but ultimately poignant romance, "La Mari de la Coiffeuse/The Hairdresser's Husband" (1990). American art house audiences received one of their best looks at Galiena's sensuous, intelligent style in "Jamon, Jamon" (1992), in which she played the village prostitute, a great mother to a teenaged daughter in love, to the dismay of the daughter's boyfriend's parents. US TV audiences got a glimpse of the actress in the miniseries "The Nightmare Years" (TNT, 1989), but Galiena's return, after considerable European success, to English-language features was not a triumph. She appeared in the medieval segment of Bill Forsyth's time-spanning British whimsy "Being Human" (1994), with Robin Williams. Both critics and filmgoers gave the film the thumbs down. Galiena, though, gave UK cinema another chance playing a leading role as the cheated-on wife in John Duigan's romantic quadrangle "The Leading Man", with Jon Bon Jovi and Thandie Newton (scheduled for release in late 1996).

EDUCATION

studied under dialogue coach Romano Martins

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied under Lee Strasberg

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in the HBO movie "Excellent Cadavers"

1994

Returned to English-language features with a role in the British-produced comedy-drama, "Being Human"

1990

International breakthrough role, Mathilde in "La Mari de la Coiffeuse/The Hairdresser's Husband"

1989

US TV debut, "The Nightmare Years", a miniseries made for Turner Network Television (TNT)

1988

Began regularly playing leading roles in the Italian horror thriller, "Rorret" and the French drama, "La Travestie"

1986

Earliest feature credits include a supporting role in the US-Italian co-production, "Hotel Colonial"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with Romanian actress Anna Gallena.

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