Rafaello Ottiano

  1. Jessie Ralph, The Good Earth, 1936.    Among those in the mix for Cuckoo from Pearl S Buck’s best-seller were Marjorie Gateson, Blanche Yurka and   Ottiano (from Venice) (er, Italy),  This was the only film with a credit for MGM’s in-house genius, Irving Thalberg – after his shock death at 36.   His boss, LB Mayer, had told him: “The public won’t buy pictures about American farmers, and you want to give them Chinese farmers?”   Thalberg, as usual, was right – three Oscars from six nominations! 

 Birth year: 1888Death year: 1942Other name: Casting Calls:  1