Monica Bellucci

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Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci, Women's World Awards 2009 b.jpg
Bellucci at the Women's World Award 2009
BornMonica Anna Maria Bellucci
(1964-09-30) 30 September 1964 (age 49)
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
OccupationActress and fashion model
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Vincent Cassel (m. 1999)
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Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci, Women's World Awards 2009 b.jpg
Bellucci at the Women's World Award 2009
BornMonica Anna Maria Bellucci
(1964-09-30) 30 September 1964 (age 49)
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
OccupationActress and fashion model
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Vincent Cassel (m. 1999)

Monica Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi], born 30 September 1964),[1] is an Italian actress and fashion model.

Early life[edit]

Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy[2][3] as the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, and she grew up in San Giustino.



Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast.[4] In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centres, 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 Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[5] Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21.[6] AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002.[7]

Bellucci's modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol.[8][9] From 2006 to 2010 she was the face of a range of Dior products.[10] Bellucci is signed to D'management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.[11]

In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws, that prevent the use of donor sperm.[12] She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue.[13]

In 2012 she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana.[14]


Monica Bellucci at Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

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 The Apartment[15] 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, "Under Suspicion",[16] 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.[17] Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007).[18] 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.

Empire magazine selected her as twenty-first on their list of "The Sexiest 25 Characters in Cinema - The Women" for her role of "Persephone" in the Matrix series.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Bellucci met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment.[20] They married in 1999,[20] and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010).[21][22] Bellucci and Cassel announced their separation in August 2013.[20]

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."[23]

In September 2012 at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the Iranian movie Rhino Season, Bellucci stated that she can speak four languages: Italian, French, English and (some) Persian.[24]


Vita coi figli1990Elda
Briganti – Amore e libertà1990Costanza
La riffa1991Francesca
Bram Stoker's Dracula1992One of Dracula's brides
Ostinato Destino1992Marina/Angela
I Mitici1994Deborah
Bits and Pieces1995
Joseph1995Pharaoh's wife
The Apartment1996LisaNominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sorellina e il principe del sogno1996Princess
Dobermann1997Nat the Gypsy
Mauvais genre1997Camille
Come mi vuoi1997Nellina
Le plaisir1998Girl
L'ultimo Capodanno1998Giulia Giovannini
A los que aman1998Valeria
Comme un poisson hors de l'eau1999Myrtille
Under Suspicion2000Chantal Hearst
Franck Spadone2000Laura
Malèna2000Malèna Scordia
Brotherhood of the Wolf2001SylviaNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre2002Cleopatra
Remember Me, My Love2003AlessiaNastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress
Tears of the Sun2003Lena Fiore Kendricks
Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded2003Persephone
Enter the Matrix2003Persephone
Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions2003Persephone
Passion of the Christ, TheThe Passion of the Christ2004Mary MagdaleneNominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress
Secret Agents2004Barbara/Lisa
She Hate Me2004Simona Bonasera
Brothers Grimm, TheThe Brothers Grimm2005The Mirror Queen
How Much Do You Love Me?2005Daniela
Sheitan2006La belle vampiresse
Napoleon and Me2006Baroness Emilia SpezialiNominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress
The Stone Council2006Laura Siprien
Manual of Love 2
Shoot 'Em Up2007Donna Quintano
Le deuxième souffle2007Manouche
Sanguepazzo2008Luisa Ferida
L'uomo che ama2008Alba
Don't Look Back2009Jeanne
Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee2009Gigi Lee
Baarìa – La porta del vento2009Bricklayer's girlfriend
Omaggio a Roma2009Tosca
Whistleblower, TheThe Whistleblower2010Laura Levin
Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's Apprentice2010Veronica
Rose, c'est Paris2010L'esprit de gala
Manuale d'amore 32011Viola
A Burning Hot Summer2011Angèle
Rhino Season2012Mina
Des gens qui s'embrassent (People who embrace)2013Giovanna
Lungo la Via Lattea (On the Milky Road) retitled : Love & War2014
Le meraviglie2014Milly Catena

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
2003Italian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsSilver Ribbon for Best Supporting ActressRicordati di meWon
2005Golden Globe Award:European Golden GlobeWon
1997César AwardsBest Promising ActressThe ApartmentNominated
2001European Film AwardsAudience Award for Best ActressMalènaNominated
2003Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressBrotherhood of the WolfNominated
2003Cinescape Genre Face of the Future AwardBest FemaleThe Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix RevolutionsNominated
2003David di Donatello AwardsBest Supporting ActressRicordati di meNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Female Breakout StarThe Matrix Reloaded and Tears of the SunNominated
2004MTV Movie AwardsBest KissThe Matrix ReloadedNominated
2005Italian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsSilver Ribbon for Best Supporting ActressThe Passion of the ChristNominated
2007Italian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsSilver Ribbon for Best Supporting ActressN (Io e Napoleone)Nominated


  1. ^ A copy of her birth registration from the Perugina Registry Office gives her birth date as 30 September 1964. Notable Names Database (NNDB). Accessed 7 June 2013
  2. ^ Martínez, Claudio (30 October 2003). "Persephone". El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Monica Bellucci: Biography". MSN. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  4. ^ "'Monica Bellucci' by Monica Bellucci with Introduction by Giuseppe Tornatore – Book Review". 
  5. ^ "Monica Bellucci Photos". Maxim. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Hottest Women of All-Time". Men's Health. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Monica Bellucci". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  8. ^ Salisbury, Mark (23 October 2005). "Danger woman". The Observer (UK). Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  9. ^ Morgoglione, Claudia (14 October 2006). "Monica baronessa divertente per Virzì "Bello quel ruolo un po' da mignotta"". La Repubblica (Italy). Retrieved 2007-05-26.  (Italian)
  10. ^ "Monica Bellucci - Actor Profile - Photos & latest news". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Monica Bellucci". Storm Model Management. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  12. ^ Owen, Richard (4 June 2005). "Actresses fight Pope over fertility". The Times (UK). Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  13. ^ Shanelle Rein-Olowokere (11 May 2010). "Moms-to-Be Who've Dared to Bare!". People. p. 9. Retrieved 2010. "... on the August 2004 cover of Italian Vanity Fair. Six years later, the second-time mom, 45, posed again (in black lingerie) for the magazine's April 2010 issue." 
  14. ^ Amy Lawrenson. "Monica Bellucci Dolce & Gabbana's new face." Elle, 17 February 2012
  15. ^ Campion, Chris (5 October 2006). "Fantasy made flesh". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  16. ^ Film Credits for movie Under Suspicion
  17. ^ "Monica Bellucci – Indian Government Demands Halt To Gandhi Biopic". Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  18. ^ "Monica Bellucci's balancing act". CraveOnline. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  19. ^ "The Sexiest Characters In Cinema - The Women | 21. Persephone | Empire". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  20. ^ a b c "Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel To Divorce After 14 Years". Huffington Post. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  21. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (14 September 2004). ""Passion" actress bellucci has baby girl". People. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  22. ^ "Actress Monica Bellucci has baby girl". Agence France-Presse. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  23. ^ "". Monica bellucci. Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  24. ^ Actress Monica Bellucci is not to be underrated - Toronto Sun

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