Veronica Lazăr (6 October 1938 – 8 June 2014) was a Romanian-born Italian actress. Lazăr was born in Bucharest in 1938. She graduated from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography (where she also obtained a degree in psychology, which she practiced until 1994, dealing mainly in couples therapy) and subsequently played roles in Romanian theatre [notably a run of Right You Are (if you think so) in 1963-64]. She fled her home country to escape communism and eventually settled in Italy in 1965. She managed to learn the Italian language in only a few weeks and had planned to move on to the United States or Israel, but became entranced with Rome. There, she met and married Italian actor Adolfo Celi with whom she had two children, director Leonardo Celi and actress Alessandra Celi. She made her screen debut as Marlon Brandos deceased wife in Bernardo Bertoluccis Last Tango in Paris (1972), and also appeared in some of the directors subsequent films, La Luna (1979), The Sheltering Sky (1990), and Besieged (1998). Lazăr is probably best known internationally for her role as the demonic Mater Tenebrarum in Dario Argentos Inferno (1980), as well as the ill-fated Martha in Lucio Fulcis The Beyond (1981). She later appeared in Argentos The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) in a role that was removed from the North American version (though she is still billed in the end credits). Her other films included Michelangelo Antonionis Identification of a Woman (1982), My Sister and I (1987), Towards Evening (1990), The Princes Manuscript (2000) and Ginostra (2002). She had an extensive career in (mostly) Italian television, where she was often the lead or one of the lead characters. Lazăr headlined the 1978 adaptation of The Elective Affinities, Giacinta (1980) and was a big part of the 1989 BBC miniseries Summers Lease.