Lydia Simoneschi

  • Born: (Rome, Lazio, Italy)
  • Died: (Rome, Lazio, Italy) (age 73)

Lydia Simoneschi was an Italian actress and voice actress.

Daughter of art (her father, Carlo Simoneschi, had been a famous actor and director of Italian silent cinema), still very young, she decided to be an actress, debuting in the theater company of Camillo Pilotto and acting in various theatrical performances around the Italy and Europe, in the early thirties also made her debut in cinema, but her inconspicuous physical appearance did not help her in front of the camera: as a film actress she had a modest career (she only acted in six films between 1932 and 1959 ) and always confined to small contour roles, but her persuasive, passionate and sophisticated voice paved the way for her to become a voice actress.

She married very young with a South Tyrolean officer of the Royal Navy, Franz Lehmann with whom she had a son, Giorgio: however she was widowed in 1942. Immediately after the loss of her husband she left the theater scenes, devoting herself exclusively to the work, much more profitable, of voice actress and , in the last years of activity, she was also director of dubbing. In 1949, Lydia's second son, Gianni, was born from the union with his brother-in-law, Luigi Lehmann.

In forty years of career as a voice actress, it is estimated that Lydia Simoneschi has given her voice to over five thousand films.

In the spring of 1980 the then President of the Republic Sandro Pertini named her Knight of the Republic for his artistic merits.

Lydia Simoneschi died in Rome on September 5, 1981. She is buried in the Prima Porta cemetery in Rome.

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