MONICA BELLUCCI – TEMPTING ITALIAN ACTRESS


Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on 30 September 1964. She is an Italian actress and fashion model. Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy as the only child of Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company, and Maria Gustinelli, a painter. Bellucci started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia, but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.

Bellucci is currently married to French actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films. They have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010). In 2004, while pregnant with Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine’s April 2010 issue.

In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, she stated: “I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there’s something I believe in, it’s a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings.”

MODELING:

In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe’s fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire’s feature on Desire featured Ms. Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. In 2004, she topped AskMen’s 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list. Bellucci’s modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. She is currently a face of a range of Dior Cosmetics. Bellucci is signed to D’management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.

MOVIES:

Bellucci’s film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L’Appartement and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don’t Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010).

She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved.

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot ‘Em Up (2007). She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and the French voice of Cappy for the French version of the 2005 animated film Robots.

FILMOGRAPHY:

  • The Whistleblower (2010)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
  • Le deuxieme souffle (2007)
  • Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
  • Le concile de pierre (2006)
  • Napoleon & Me (2006)
  • Sheitan (2006)
  • Combien tu m’aimes? (2005)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • She Hate Me (2004)
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • Tears of the Sun (2003)
  • Ricordati di me (2003)
  • Irreversible (2002)
  • Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)
  • Le pacte des loups (2001)
  • Malina (2000)
  • Franck Spadone (2000)
  • Under Suspicion (2000)
  • Comme un poisson hors de lâeeau (1999)
  • Compromis (1998)
  • Mediterranes (1998)
  • A los que aman (1998)
  • Lâ ultimo capodanno (1998)
  • Le plaisir (1998)
  • Stressati (1997)
  • Mauvais genre (1997)
  • Dobermann (1997)
  • Come mi vuoi (1996)
  • Lâ Appartement (1996)
  • Il cielo sempre pi blu (1995)
  • Palla di neve (1995)
  • Mitici, I (1994)
  • Ostinato destino (1992)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  • La riffa (1991)
  • Briganti (1990)

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Monica’s talent has taken her places. Following is a summary of her awards and achievements as an actress.

Taormina International Film Festival:

2011 – Won Taormina Art Award

Golden Globes, Italy:

2005 – Won European Golden Globe

Golden Satellite Awards:

Year : 2004
Category : Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama
For : The Cooler

Won

Silver Ribbon Awards:

Year : 2003
Category : Best Supporting Actress
For : Ricordati Di Me
Won

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival:

Year : 2002
Category : President Award – Star on the Horizon
Won

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards:

Year : 2001
Category : Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
For : Coyote Ugly
Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Year : 1998
Category : Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,
For : ER
Won

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