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Angelo Rizzoli (born 31 October 1889 in Milan – died 24 September 1970) was an Italian publisher and film producer.


Early life

Orphaned at a young age and raised in poverty, Rizzoli rose to prosperity. He apprenticed in the printer trade and later became an entrepreneur in his twenties.


In 1927 Rizzoli acquired Novella magazine from Mondadori, a bi-weekly primarily for women that reached a circulation of 130,000. After his initial purchase, he added several new publications including Annabella, Bertoldo, Candido, Omnibus, and Oggi e L'Europeo.[1] In 1949 he began publishing books including both classics and popular novels. He purchased Cartiera di Lama di Reno in 1954, the foundation for what would become an Italian publishing empire. His operations were moved in 1960 to a complex on Via Civitavecchia in Milan.

Active in film, he produced Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8 1/2 (1963). In 1964 Rizzoli opened the original Rizzoli International Bookstore [2] in New York at 712 Fifth Avenue, designed by architect Ferdinand Gottlieb. The bookstore was featured in various Hollywood films, most notably, Woody Allen's Manhattan and Falling in Love with Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. He also produced the controversial documentary film Africa Addio.

Rizzoli married Anna Marzorati, with whom he had two children: Angelo and Giuseppina. Rizzoli died at age 81.


  1. ^ Truncellito, Mariateresa. "I Rizzoli'" in Bella (Italian weekly magazine), September 2000. [1]
  2. ^ Rizzoli Bookstore

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