The actress was born in Milan on July 31, 1920. In 1938, her father fled the Nazis in Switzerland because he was Jewish. Franka manages to escape persecution because a relative of her mother changes her passport data.
From an early age she became interested in theater and in 1947 debuted on the professional stage. Her first film work was in Federico Fellini’s debut film The Lights of the Variety, which was shot in 1950.
During her long career in film and television, Franca Valeri has worked with Italian comedy stars Toto and Alberto Sordi, with directors Dino Rizzi, Eduardo De Filippo and Mario Monicelli.
This year, the actress was awarded the David Donatello National Film Award for her great achievements in cinema.