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In Memoriam – Seven Years Later – Claudia Laffranchi – Hollywood Foreign Correspondent

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We love and miss you, Claudia

Each year during Festival season we are reminded of our community’s great loss. This year we will once again be reminded of our BFF, as the third edition of “Locarno in Los Angeles” will be underway in Feb, 2020.

Claudia Laffranchi (IMDB – fb – tw), 49, Angelena-Ticinese, Foreign Correspondent, journalist and emcee of the International Film Festival in Locarno, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, in the early afternoon of May 22nd, 2012. 

Claudia was in very close contact with her Homeland Ticino in southern Switzerland, where she regularly collaborated with local television stations and newspapers as their Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. For the past seven years she was also the multi-talented, multi-lingual live emcee and presenter at the Piazza Grande during the Locarno International Film Festival.

This year’s “Locarno in Los Angeles” event would have been SO much richer, had she been around… sniff…

Living in Hollywood and having extensive first-hand exposure to the World of cinema and television, enticed her to also produce and direct. Claudia was welcomed to the elite circle of influential journalists by winning the prestigious 53rd journalism award given by her peers of the Los Angeles Press Club.

She graced thousands of people with her presence, her beautiful smile, her wit and sense of humor – and was a great cheerleader for the #Angeleno-Swiss/Ticinese community and the driving force behind the creation of Helvetic.LA, who encouraged many creative projects and actively promoted young talent, and mingled among the great Hollywood Stars with her usual poise, class, style, elegance and grace.

We were so much looking forward to growing old together – either in LA, in Ticino, or enjoying the Best of both Worlds – but she left us way too early. Our hearts are aching and our sincere condolences go to her loved ones in Ticino. 

Per Claudia’s Family wishes, her friends in Los Angeles had the chance to gather in a private ceremony Wednesday, to pay respects, celebrate her life, and say “arrivederci” to our dearest friend. 

In Memory of Claudia: Festival del Film LocarnoErich Maria Remarque & Paulette Goddard Foundation

(Italian Corriere del Ticinotio.chTicinonews, Giornale del Ticino, InfoInsubria, RSI-Quotidiano – video)
(German: Blick / GMX / Tages Anzeiger )
(English: LA Observer / ScreenDaily )

Previous Helvetic.LA stories of everyone’s best friend, our eternally beautiful Claudia 

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  1. i will miss you my dear friend. we were both immigrants to this country fallowing our dreams and hopes , discovering Life and experiencing great adventures that this Life offers .You wrote the most beautiful interview of me and we became friends…i will miss our hikes, our beach walks, our talks about Life …men! LOL …..you left us too soon bella. may you rest in peace. I love you

    Sofia Milos

    May 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  2. We will miss your joyful presence, cara Claudia. You have left us too soon. Safe journeys and baci. La prossima volta, bella.

    Please post any information on the memorial.

    The Oracle of Burbank

    May 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  3. Ciao Claudia… parole ….servono a poco. Mamma mia….

    roberto croci

    May 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

  4. i dont know why allways good people die young
    maybe they are not meant to hang around this screwed up world… even if all this world ever needs is people Like Claudia… i think she encouraged many people , i for myself owe her so much… something i shall pass onto others now…. I feel that Claudia was a good example of what makes the difference in this world….a everyday REAL ACTION hero in a million small ways touching the lives of many many people …..


    May 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

    • Hey Q’Orianka, that is beautiful and I agree! How odd it is (?)…
      Claudia, you’ll be missed!

      Maurilio Mina

      May 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank You for coming by this evening!


      May 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

  5. She has been a mentor to me and her help/support/motivation has a great value. I am sad for this loss. We were looking forward to doing many things together… She for sure did touched many lives with her gracious way of speaking and her elegance and professional manners. Very respected person. I hope she is in peace and she can still mentor me from wherever she is…

    Vanessa Crocini

    May 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

  6. Cara Claudia,
    ancora non posso crederci che tu non ci sia piu’, niente piu progetti, grandi piani, ridere di sconfitte e discutere di film.Abbiamo festeggiato insieme il tuo compleanno,chi avrebbe saputo sarebbe stato l ultimo… Mi ricordero’ sempre di te cara amica.


    May 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  7. Cara Claudia
    ti ricordo e ricordero al nome di Jova.
    Che peccato ! Spero tu stia bene.Cosa diresti se potessi osservare anche tu questa condizione da qua.
    Sei un bel ricordo e tale rimarrai.

    stefano viero

    May 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  8. […] Claudia Laffranchi, 49, Angelena-Ticinese, journalist and emcee of the International Film Festival in Locarno, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment in the early afternoon of May 22nd. […]

  9. we’ve known each other for 15 years. don’t know what to say but your left too soon. thks for all the time, for your smile and energy.


    May 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  10. You touched everyone you met. It was a blessing to have met you and will always have the good memories of your wonderful presence. We shared some amazing moments in LA and Switzerland and we will cherish that.

    Jermaine and Paola

    May 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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