Greta Scacchi

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Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi.jpg
Greta Scacchi, January 2008
BornGreta Gracco
(1960-02-18) 18 February 1960 (age 54)
Milan, Italy
NationalityItaly/Australia
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Vincent D'Onofrio (m. 1989; div. 1993)
Partner(s)Carlo Mantegazza
Children
  • Leila George D'Onofrio
  • Matteo Mantegazza
 
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Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi.jpg
Greta Scacchi, January 2008
BornGreta Gracco
(1960-02-18) 18 February 1960 (age 54)
Milan, Italy
NationalityItaly/Australia
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Vincent D'Onofrio (m. 1989; div. 1993)
Partner(s)Carlo Mantegazza
Children
  • Leila George D'Onofrio
  • Matteo Mantegazza

Greta Scacchi (born 18 February 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning Italian-Australian actress known for her roles in the films White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player.

Early life[edit]

Scacchi was born Greta Gracco in Milan, Italy, on 18 February 1960, the daughter of Luca Scacchi Gracco, an Italian art dealer and painter, and Pamela, an English dancer and antiques dealer.[1] Scacchi's parents divorced when she was four, and her mother returned to her native England with Greta and her two older brothers, first to London, then to Haywards Heath, West Sussex.[2] In 1975, after her mother's remarriage to Giovanni Carsaniga,[3] the family settled in Perth, Australia, where she attended Hollywood Senior High School and the University of Western Australia (UWA).[4] She made her theatrical debut at UWA's New Dolphin Theatre in Edward Bond's play Early Morning.[5]

Career[edit]

Greta Scacchi at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1977, Scacchi left UWA to return to England to pursue an acting career, studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, with Miranda Richardson and Amanda Redman. In 1982, she made her film debut in the German movie, Das Zweite Gesicht (The Second Face), and gave versatile performances in films, such as Heat and Dust (1983), The Ebony Tower (1984), The Coca Cola Kid (1985), White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent (1990), The Player (1992) and Country Life (1994). She turned down the role of Catherine Trammell in Basic Instinct (1992).[6]

In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and numerous other awards. In 1999, she had a role as an Italian-Australian single mother in the Australian film Looking for Alibrandi,[7] a performance for which she won the 2000 AFI award for Best Supporting Actress.[8]

In 2007, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Broken Trail.

Scacchi is fluent in English, French, German and Italian, which has made her a popular choice for European casting directors and has been an asset when working for European directors and producers. In May 2011, she appeared alongside Anita Dobson in the play Bette and Joan at London's Arts Theatre, directed by Bill Alexander, about the personal and professional relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.[9]

In September 2013 Sir Jonathan Miller directed a Gala Performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear at The Old Vic in London. Scacchi played Regan.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Scacchi was in a relationship with New Zealand musician Tim Finn from 1983–89. A marriage to American actor Vincent D'Onofrio[11] (1989–1993) produced a daughter, Leila (born 20 March 1992). Scacchi also has a son Matteo (born 1998) by her cousin Carlo Mantegazza.[12]

Scacchi applied for British citizenship after turning 18, but was turned down because her father was not a British citizen. After appealing unsuccessfully, she decided not to apply for it again, and retained her Italian citizenship.[13] In January 1995, she became an Australian citizen and has since had dual nationality.

She lived for many years in Hurstpierpoint until moving in early 2011 to a rented property in East Grinstead because of a dispute with her neighbour.[14]

Scacchi is an active supporter of campaigns and organisations that promote environmental causes. She has supported Greenpeace and, more recently, Christian Aid's climate change campaign.[15] In 2009, she posed nude with a Codfish to promote the documentary End of the Line, a film exposing the effects of over-fishing.[16]

In October 2013 she was made a Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito for her services to the Arts.[17]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981BergeracAnnie"The Hood and the Harlequin"
1982Das Zweite GesichtAnna
1983Dead on TimePretty girl
1983Heat and DustOliviaNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer to Film
1984The Ebony TowerDianaTV film
1984CamilleMargueriteTV film
1984WaterfrontAnna CheriTV mini-series
1985Defense of the RealmNina Beckman
1985Burke & WillsJulia Matthews
1985Dr. Fischer of GenevaAnna Luise-FischerTV film
1985The Coca-Cola KidTerri
1987White MischiefDiana Lady Broughton
1987Good Morning, BabylonEdna Bonnano
1987A Man in LoveJane Steiner
1990Presumed InnocentCarolyn Polhemus
1991ShatteredJudith Merrick
1992Fires WithinIsabel
1992Salt on Our SkinGeorge
1992The PlayerJune
1992Turtle BeachJudith
1994Country LifeDeborah Voysey
1994The Browning VersionLaura Crocker-Harris
1995Jefferson in ParisMaria Cosway
1996EmmaMrs. Weston
1996CosiMental patientUncredited
1996Rasputin: Dark Servant of DestinyTsarina AlexandraTV film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997The OdysseyPenelopeTV film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1997The Serpent's KissJuliana
1998Love and RageAgnes MacDonnell
1998The Red ViolinVictoria Byrd
1998MacbethLady MacbethTV film
1999Ladies RoomLucia
1999Cotton MaryLily MacIntosh
1999Tom's Midnight GardenAunt Gwen
1999The ManorMrs. Ravenscroft
1999Looking for AlibrandiChristina AlibrandiAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress
2000One of the Hollywood TenGale Sondergaard
2001The FarmLiz CooperTV film
2001Festival in CannesAlice Palmer
2002Jeffrey Archer: The TruthMargaret ThatcherTV film
2002Daniel DerondaLydia GlasherTV serial
2003Baltic StormJulia Reuter
2004Strange CrimeNicoletta
2004Beyond the SeaMary Duvan
2005FlightplanTherapist
2006Broken TrailNola Johns2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2006Marple: By the Pricking of My ThumbsTuppence BeresfordTV film
2006The Book of RevelationIsabel
2006Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the stories of Stephen KingDr. Katie ArlenTV mini-series- Episode-Autopsy Room Four
2007Hidden LoveDr. Dubois
2008Brideshead RevisitedCara
2008Shoot on SightSusan Ali
2008Miss Austen RegretsCassandra AustenTV film
2008The Trojan HorseHelen Madigan2 episodes
2010Un Altro MondoCristina
2010Way to Live ForeverPrivate instructor
2011HindenburgHelen Van ZandtTV film
2013Agatha Christie's PoirotMrs Burton-Cox"Elephants Can Remember" TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greta Scacchi profile". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Law, Cally; Scacchi, Greta (17 Aug 2008). "Slight mischief". The Sunday Times. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Greta Scacchi Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 10 Nov 2012. 
  4. ^ Bosworth, Michael (2000). "Hollywood Senior High School – A History" (PDF). Retrieved 6 Jan 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Octagon Takes a Bow". Uniview 29 (1): 16–19. Summer 2010. Retrieved 6 Jan 2011. 
  6. ^ Bryce Hallett, Her world's a stage, Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan, 10 February 2001, p.3
  7. ^ "Urban Cinefile Scacchi, Greta - Looking For Alibrandi". Urbancinefile.com.au. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ George, Sandy (19 November 2000). "Looking For Alibrandi finds five AFI Awards | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bette & Joan". Londontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Old Vic | King Lear". Bookings.oldvictheatre.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Macdonald, Marianne (28 September 2008). "Greta Scacchi: glad to be back". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Maher, Kevin (26 April 2008). "Greta Scacchi takes on Miss Austen Regrets". The Times. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Urban, Andrew L. "Scacchi, Greta – Looking for Alibrandi". Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Walker, Emily (5 February 2011). "Greta Scacchi's "driven out" of Sussex dream home". The Argus. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Greta Scacchi". Christian Aid. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent. "Greta Scacchi revels in her happiest role yet: environmental campaigner | Environment | The Observer". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Cinema: conferito a Greta Scacchi Ordine a Merito

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