Sora Lella: Rome remembers Elena Fabrizi


“Sora Lella” was born on today in 1915.

Elena Fabrizi, popularly often known as Sora Lella, was an Italian actress, prepare dinner, restaurateur, tv persona and legendary Roman character.

Born within the Campo de’ Fiori space of central Rome on 17 June 1915, Elena was a youthful sister of the actor Aldo Fabrizi whose footsteps she would comply with in later life into the world of cinema.

Cooking was her true ardour nevertheless and when her husband Renato Trabalza opened a restaurant on Tiber Island in 1959 he christened it along with her nickname, Sora Lella.

Her mom Angela ran a fruit and vegetable stand in Campo de’ Fiori whereas her husband labored at Rome’s abattoir, with the “quinto quarto” or fifth quarter, a elementary of Roman delicacies, amongst Sora Lella’s specialities.

Elena Fabrizi (1915-1993)

Within the late Nineteen Fifties she started taking part in minor roles in movies nevertheless her performing profession took off within the early Eighties after Carlo Verdone forged her in a sequence of films within the celebrated position of a kind-hearted, no-nonsense grandmother.

She received various awards, notably in 1984 when she obtained a David di Donatello for Finest Supporting Actress for her efficiency in Verdone’s movie Acqua e sapone.

An everyday visitor on Italian TV exhibits and a life-long Lazio fan, Sora Lella died on 9 August 1993 on the Fatebenefratelli hospital on Tiber Island, a stone’s throw from her restaurant which is run at the moment by her grandchildren. 

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