Who did Gina Lollobrigida play in Falcon Crest?

Gina Lollobrigida was an Italian actress and film star who passed away on January 16th, 2023, at the age of 95. She was known for her roles in films such as “Fanfan la Tulipe,” “Beat the Devil,” “Trapeze,” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell”. 

In addition to her film career, Lollobrigida also appeared on television, including a recurring role on the CBS primetime soap opera “Falcon Crest” in 1984.

In “Falcon Crest,” Lollobrigida played the role of Francesca Gioberti, Angela Channing’s secret half-sister who comes to the valley to threaten Angela’s control of Falcon Crest. 

It is reported that Sophia Loren was originally set to star in the role of Francesca Gioberti, but negotiations fell through, and Lollobrigida was cast instead. Lollobrigida signed on for only five episodes, but her performance was well-received by audiences.

Lollobrigida’s acting roles became fewer in the 1980s, and she dedicated most of her time to photography, art, and sculpture. Despite this, she continued to make occasional appearances on television, including guest roles on “The Love Boat” and “Falcon Crest”. Lollobrigida’s legacy as an actress and film star continues to be celebrated, and TCM has shown several of her films in tribute to her career.

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