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Marla Landi, Lady Dashwood
Marcella Teresa Scarafina
1933 (age 87–88)
|Spouse(s)||Sir Francis Dashwood, 11th Baronet|
Landi's major roles included Across the Bridge (1957), Dublin Nightmare (1958), First Man into Space (1959), The Murder Game (1965), and the Hammer films The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959, as Cecille Stapleton) and The Pirates of Blood River (1962). She was a Play School presenter from 1964–70. Joy Whitby, the programme's creator and earliest producer, recalled in 2013: "She spoke English with a heavy accent, but she was very loveable and children adored her". Landi also presented Parliamo Italiano. She also appeared in an episode of the television version of Hancock's Half Hour known as "The Italian Maid" in 1959 (an off-air recording of the soundtrack was recovered by Tristan Brittain-Dissont, archivist of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society).
She then went on to set up her own successful international wig business.
Personal life and honours
She was made a Knight of the Italian Republic for promoting the Italian language and culture in the United Kingdom.
|1||1954||The Golden Link||Maria|
|2||1955||The Hornet's Nest||Terry Savarese|
|3||1957||Across the Bridge||Mary|
|4||1958||Dublin Nightmare||Anna Monti|
|5||1958||First Man into Space||Tia Francesca|
|6||1959||The Hound of the Baskervilles||Cecile Stapleton|
|7||1962||The Pirates of Blood River||Bess Standing|
|8||1965||The Murder Game||Marie Aldrich|
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