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Pupella Maggio

(Naples  24 April 1910 – Rome 8 1999)


Pupella stage name Giustina Maggio, daughter of art embarked on a road of theatre together with his brothers Benjamin, Dante, Enzo, Rosalia and Margherita. The father of Pupella was one of the great capocominci of the Neapolitan theatre history (Domenico Maggio said Mimi), his mother Antoinette was the daughter of Gravente Act of Circus equestro "Carro di Tespi." Gisutina began his theatrical career with Eduardo Scarpetta in the role of a rag doll in the show the Pupa Movable, and it was precisely because of this part which was called PupellaIn the 1940s, abandons the scenes because of the death of her parents, she moved to Rome where he began the job of Milliner, but due to a friendship with the Jews was forced to move to Terni, where he found a job in a steel works treating the shows of dopolavoro. 

The news of his friendship with Jews arrived there too and so was forced again to leave and moved to Milan where he joined his sister Rosalia and began working at the Teatro Nuovo, magazine company beside Carlo Croccolo, pain Palumbo. After a brief stint in Milan he returned to Naples where he met Eduardo De Filippo and so in 1954 he joined the company of Eduardo, after the death of Titina de Filippo, Pupella replaces it in the role of Filumena Marturano and after Concetta in Natale in casa Cupiello

But due to a series of misunderstandings with Eduardo, in 1960 Pupella leaves the company of Eduardo and so begins his movie experience with Mario Amendola, Camillo Mastrocinque, Mauro Morassi, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Nanny Loy, and John Huston in the film the BibleIn 1973 began working with Federico Fellini in the film Amacord as mother of protagonist but voiced by Ave Ninchi. She was married to Louis of the island from which divorced in 1976. In 1987 he had a car accident that forced him to stop for a long period, he moved to Todi, later was called by Giuseppe Tornatore film New Cimena Paradise

The 8 December 1999 passes away at Sandro Pertini hospital due to a brain hemorrhage.





Lost in the dark, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (1947)

Il passatore, directed by Duilio Coletti (1947)

Il medico dei pazzi, directed by Mario Mattoli

The terrible Teodoro, directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero (19589

Serenatella sciuè sciuè,, directed by Carlo Campogalliani (1958)

Dangerous Wives, by Luigi Comencini (1958)

Terror in Oklahoma, directed by Mario Amendola (1959)

Dream of a half-drunk, directed by Eduardo de Filippo (1959)

La duchessa di Santa Lucia, directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero (1959)

Caravan Petrol, directed by Mario Amendola (1960)

Some like bald, directed by Mario Amendola (1960)

Anonima Cocottes, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (1960)

The ciociaria, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1960)

Husbands in danger, directed by Mauro Morassi (1961)

The four days of Naples, directed by Nanni Loy (1962)

The Bible, directed by John Huston (1966)

The doctor of the wetsuit, directed by Luigi Zampa (1968)

Prof. Dr. Guido Tersilli primario della clinica Villa Celeste convenzionata con le mute, directed by Luciano Salce (1969)

Joe Valanchi – the secrets of the Cosa Nostra, directed by Terence Young (1972)

Amarcord, directed by Federico Fellini (1972)

Lacrime napulitane, directed by Ciro Ippolito (1981)

I giorni del commissario Ambrosio, directed by Sergio Corbucci (1988)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, directed by Lina Wertmüller (1990)  

Let cone us, directed by Francesco Apolloni (2002)



Rai Filmography


Your luck with the uppercase effe, with Angela Pagano, Enzo Cannavale, Clelia Matania, Eduardo De Filippo, Pietro Carloni.

Il medico dei pazzi, with Clelia Matania, Antonio Casagrande, Angela Pagano, Enzo Petito

The cylinder, with Eduardo De Filippo, Monica Vitti, Vincenzo Salemme, Ferruccio De Ceresea, Luca De Filippo, Marzio Honorato.