- Category : 1923-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 3
Italian character actress active in Italy's post-World War II cinema. Merlini appeared in over fifty films during her career, which spanned from World War II to 2005. She was, perhaps, best known for her role in the 1953 film Pane, Amore e Fantasia, directed by Luigi Comencini, in which she portrayed Annarella, a village midwife who marries the local police marshall, played by actor Vittorio De Sica.
Merlini was well known for playing the romana verace, or "born-and-bred Roman" characters. She also appeared in several high profile comedic films alongside Italian actor, Totò, as well as the 1960 film Il Vigile with actor Alberto Sordi. Additionally, Merlini appeared in a number of films opposite her real life friend, Italian actress Anna Magnani.
Merlini's awards included the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon), a film critics' award in 1957 for portraying a tourist in the 1956 Antonio Racioppi directed film, Tempo di Villeggiatura.
Marisa Merlini died in Rome, Italy, on 27 July 2008, at the age of 84.