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Italian Actress Elsa Martinelli, Who Famously Starred in The Indian Fighter, Dead at 82: Reports

Italian Actress Elsa Martinelli, Who Famously Starred in The Indian Fighter, Dead at 82: Reports

Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, known to U.S. audiences her breakout role in 1955’s The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, died Saturday in Rome at the age of 82, according to Italian media.

Born in Tuscany, Martinelli began her career as a model — appearing in the pages of Vogue and on the cover of Life. She then began taking on smaller roles in films, becoming one of the first models to make the crossover into film and paving the way for stars like Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, and Charlize Theron.

A role in 1954’s Le Rouge et le Noir — the French

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