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Harriet Medin

Birthday: March 14, 1914 (91 years) Died: May 20, 2005 (18 years Ago in Los Angeles)

HomeTown: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Harriet White Medin began her career as a dental assistant on the same day that she was born on March 14, 1914, in Somerville, Massachusetts. During this time, she was responsible for cleaning the teeth of children John and Robert Kennedy. She was the first American actress to relocate to post-war Italy and work in Italian films, beginning with Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan. After deciding to pursue a career in the theatre and playing a role on Broadway, she joined the USO, which led to her becoming the first American actress to relocate to Italy and work in Italian films (1946). Her subsequent part was the leading lady in a tragic movie called Genoveffa di Brabante, which was about the life of a saint (1947). She was often typecast as stuffy, prim, and proper housewives and housekeepers, which she never found success with outside of her role as a character actor. Orson Welles wanted her to portray the part of Emilia in his production of Othello; however, Harriet was unable to keep up with Welles’ demanding filming schedule, so he was forced to recast the role with Fay Compton. After realising that she was at a halt in her acting career, she started working as a conversation coach, assisting Italian actresses with their English. In this regard, she became Gina Lollobrigida’s personal assistant for many years. In addition, she supported filmmakers who were working in Italy, such as Vittorio De Sica, Joseph Losey, Raoul Walsh, and John Huston. She was present during the filming of several iconic scenes, including the scene at the Trevi fountain from “La dolce vita” (1960), in which she played the role of Edna, Anita Ekberg’s personal assistant. She blamed George Sanders for Tyrone Power’s death on the set of “Solomon and Sheba,” which took place while she was working on that film. She also witnessed the death of Tyrone Power, which she said was caused by Sanders. Harriet joined the Italian horror boom at the beginning of the 1960s when they wanted performers who could speak English. The more the pictures could resemble British or American, rather than Italian, the more they needed actresses who could speak English. She appeared in Riccardo Freda’s “Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock, L” (1962), Mario Bava’s “The Whip and the Body” (1963) and “Blood and Black Lace” (1964), and Elio Scardamaglia’s “The Murder Clinic.” She is best known for her roles as the housekeepers in “Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock, L,” played important red herring (1966). After working as an assistant on John Huston’s film Reflections in a Golden Eye, Harriet’s good friend and fellow filmmaker Andrew Marton convinced her to go to Hollywood and reside in the guest home he maintains there. She made the decision to end her marriage (to art director Gastone Medin) one day while she was washing the dishes, and she accepted Marton’s offer to start a new life by leaving her old one behind, even though the sink was still full of dirty dishes. After moving to California, she appeared on a variety of television series (including Bonanza, The A-Team, Northern Exposure, and many more) and in several low-budget films. One of her roles was as Henry Fonda’s date in an episode of the show Family, and she also had roles on other shows. She was had to perform the role of the blind girl’s mother in the 1973 film Schlock under the alias “Enrica Blankey” since she was a member of SAG. In the 1975 film Death Race 2000, she had the role of President of the United States. In the 1984 film The Terminator, she was a client in Linda Hamilton’s cafe, and in The Witches of Eastwick, she was a shopper at the grocery store (1987). She provided the voiceover for the Hungry Wives (Season of the Witch) trailer that was directed by George Romero. Harriet Medin was born on March 14, 1914 in Somerville, United States. Harriet Medin died on May 20, 2005 at the age of 91 years in Los Angeles. Check below for more deets about Harriet Medin. This page will put a light upon the Harriet Medin bio, wiki, age, birthday, family details, dating, trivia, photos, lesser-known facts, and more.

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Stage Name Harriet Medin
Real Name Harriet Medin
Profession(s) Actress, Casting Director,
Birthday March 14, 1914
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Death Died on May 20, 2005 (18 years ago) (Age: 91 years) in Los Angeles
Gender Female
Birthplace Somerville, United States
Hometown Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American

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  • Harriet Medin was born in Somerville, United States.
  • Harriet Medin’s birth sign is Pisces.
  • Harriet White Medin began her career as a dental assistant on the same day that she was born on March 14, 1914, in Somerville, Massachusetts. During this time, she was responsible for cleaning the teeth of children John and Robert Kennedy. She was the first American actress to relocate to post-war Italy and work in Italian films, beginning with Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan. After deciding to pursue a career in the theatre and playing a role on Broadway, she joined the USO, which led to her becoming the first American actress to relocate to Italy and work in Italian films (1946). Her subsequent part was the leading lady in a tragic movie called Genoveffa di Brabante, which was about the life of a saint (1947). She was often typecast as stuffy, prim, and proper housewives and housekeepers, which she never found success with outside of her role as a character actor. Orson Welles wanted her to portray the part of Emilia in his production of Othello; however, Harriet was unable to keep up with Welles’ demanding filming schedule, so he was forced to recast the role with Fay Compton. After realising that she was at a halt in her acting career, she started working as a conversation coach, assisting Italian actresses with their English. In this regard, she became Gina Lollobrigida’s personal assistant for many years. In addition, she supported filmmakers who were working in Italy, such as Vittorio De Sica, Joseph Losey, Raoul Walsh, and John Huston. She was present during the filming of several iconic scenes, including the scene at the Trevi fountain from “La dolce vita” (1960), in which she played the role of Edna, Anita Ekberg’s personal assistant. She blamed George Sanders for Tyrone Power’s death on the set of “Solomon and Sheba,” which took place while she was working on that film. She also witnessed the death of Tyrone Power, which she said was caused by Sanders. Harriet joined the Italian horror boom at the beginning of the 1960s when they wanted performers who could speak English. The more the pictures could resemble British or American, rather than Italian, the more they needed actresses who could speak English. She appeared in Riccardo Freda’s “Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock, L” (1962), Mario Bava’s “The Whip and the Body” (1963) and “Blood and Black Lace” (1964), and Elio Scardamaglia’s “The Murder Clinic.” She is best known for her roles as the housekeepers in “Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock, L,” played important red herring (1966). After working as an assistant on John Huston’s film Reflections in a Golden Eye, Harriet’s good friend and fellow filmmaker Andrew Marton convinced her to go to Hollywood and reside in the guest home he maintains there. She made the decision to end her marriage (to art director Gastone Medin) one day while she was washing the dishes, and she accepted Marton’s offer to start a new life by leaving her old one behind, even though the sink was still full of dirty dishes. After moving to California, she appeared on a variety of television series (including Bonanza, The A-Team, Northern Exposure, and many more) and in several low-budget films. One of her roles was as Henry Fonda’s date in an episode of the show Family, and she also had roles on other shows. She was had to perform the role of the blind girl’s mother in the 1973 film Schlock under the alias “Enrica Blankey” since she was a member of SAG. In the 1975 film Death Race 2000, she had the role of President of the United States. In the 1984 film The Terminator, she was a client in Linda Hamilton’s cafe, and in The Witches of Eastwick, she was a shopper at the grocery store (1987). She provided the voiceover for the Hungry Wives (Season of the Witch) trailer that was directed by George Romero.

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