Daria Nicolodi, Cult Actress & ‘Suspiria’ Co-Writer, Dies @ 70

Daria Nicolodi, the Italian actress closely associated with the work of her ex-partner Dario Argento (b. 1940), has died at 70.

Nicolodi was a memorable, stylish component of many highly regarded horror offerings. (GIF via GIPHY)

Her daughter, the actress-director Asia Argento (b. 1975), confirmed her passing on Instagram., writing (translated from Italian):

“Rest in peace beloved mother. Now you can fly free with your great spirit and you won’t have to suffer anymore. I will try to go on for your beloved grandchildren and especially for you who would never want to see me so grieved. Even if without you I miss the ground under my feet, and I feel I have lost my only true point of reference. I am close to all those who have known and loved her. I will always be your Aria.”

Born June 19, 1950, in Florence, Italy, Nicolodi was involved with the controversial variety show Babau in the '70s, but found her greatest notoriety collaborating with her romantic partner of 11 years Argento, co-writing his classic Suspiria (1977) and acting in Deep Red (1975), Inferno (1980), Tenebrae (1982), Phenomena (1985) and Opera (1987).

Other films in which she appeared include Many Wars Ago (1970), Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973), Macaroni (1985), Delirium (1987) and Scarlet Diva (2000), the latter of which marked the directorial debut of Asia Argento.

In 2007, Nicolodi starred in The Mother of Tears (2007) with her daughter, written and directed by Dario Argento as the final in the trilogy after Suspiria and Inferno.

Her final screen performance was in the 2009 Italian series Il mostro di Firenze.

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