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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci at the Women's World Award 2009
Born Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
30 September 1964 (1964-09-30) (age 45)
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
Occupation Actress and fashion model
Years active 1990 – present
Spouse(s) Claudio Carlos Basso (1990 – ?)
Vincent Cassel (1999 – present)

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (born 30 September 1964)[1] is an Italian actress and fashion model.


Personal life

Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy,[2][3] the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company.[4] 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,[5] 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 was married to fashion photographer Claudio Carlos Basso in 1990. She is currently married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films, and has a daughter named Deva (born 12 September 2004). The couple is expecting their second child in the spring of 2010. In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm.[6]

In a 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."[7]



At the 2009 Women's World Award.

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.[8] 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.[9][10][11] She is currently a face of a range of Dior Cosmetics. Bellucci is also signed to Storm Model Management in London.


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[12] and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Irréversible (2002) and has 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), etc.

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).[13] And 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.

Awards and others

In 2003, Bellucci won the Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Alessia in Remember Me, My Love.[14] In 2006, she served as a judge at 59th Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won the World Actress Award in Womens’ World Award.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Vita coi figli (Life With the Sons) Elda
Briganti – Amore e libertà (Bandits – Love and Liberty) Costanza
1991 la riffa Francesca
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula One of Dracula's brides
ostinato destino Marina/ Angela
1994 I Mitici Deborah
1995 Pala di Neve Melina
Il cielo é sempre piú blu
Joseph Pharaoh's wife
1996 L'Appartement Lisa Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
1997 Stressati
Dobermann Nat the Gypsy
Mauvais genre Camille
Come mi vuoi Nellina
1998 Le plaisir Girl
Compromis Monique
Ultimo capodanno dell'umanità Giulia Giovannini
A los que aman Valeria
1999 Comme un poisson hors de l'eau Myrtille
Mediterranées Marguerite
2000 Under Suspicion Chantal Hearst
Franck Spadone Laura
Malèna Malèna Scordia
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Sylvia
2002 Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre Cleopatra
Irréversible Alex
2003 Remember Me, My Love Alessia Nastro d'Argento award for Best Supporting Actress
Tears of the Sun Lena Fiore Kendricks
The Matrix Reloaded Persephone
Enter the Matrix (video game) Persephone
The Matrix Revolutions Persephone
2004 The Passion of the Christ Mary Magdalene
Agents Secrets Barbara / Lisa
She Hate Me Simona Bonasera
2005 The Brothers Grimm The Mirror Queen
How Much Do You Love Me? Daniela
2006 Sheitan La belle vampiresse
N (Io e Napoleone) Baronessa Emilia Speziali
The Stone Council Laura Siprien
2007 Heartango
(short film for Intimissimi)
L'inafferrabile/ La passionale /
L'indecisa / La curiosa /
L'aggressiva / La mamma /
La premurosa
Manuale d'amore 2
(Capitoli successivi)
Shoot 'Em Up Donna Quintano
Le deuxième souffle Manouche
2008 Sanguepazzo Luisa Ferida
L'uomo che ama Alba
2009 Don't Look Back Jeanne
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Gigi Lee
Baarìa – La porta del vento Bricklayer's girlfriend
Omaggio a Roma Tosca
2010 The Whistleblower Awaiting release
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Veronica Awaiting release


  1. ^ Birth registration from the Perugina Registry Office
  2. ^ Martínez, Claudio (30 October 2003). "Persephone" (in Spanish). El Diario de Hoy. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Monica Bellucci: Biography". MSN. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Monica Bellucci Biography (1969?–)". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  5. ^ Corliss, Richard (10 March 2003). "It's Monica Mania". Time Magazine.,9171,1004378,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  6. ^ Owen, Richard (4 June 2005). "Actresses fight Pope over fertility". The Times. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2006-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Monica Bellucci Photos". Maxim. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  9. ^ Salisbury, Mark (23 October 2005). "Danger woman". Guardian Unlimited, The Observer.,,1598393,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  10. ^ Davies, Hugh (23 January 2003). "Gibson brings his passion for Christ to the big screen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  11. ^ Morgoglione, Claudia (14 October 2006). "Monica baronessa divertente per Virzì "Bello quel ruolo un po' da mignotta"". La Repubblica. Retrieved 2007-05-26.  (Italian)
  12. ^ Campion, Chris (5 October 2006). "Fantasy made flesh". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  13. ^ CraveOnline (5 September 2007). "Monica Bellucci's balancing act". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  14. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (16 June 2003). "'scared' Nabs Italian Silver". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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Inside us there is everything. We just have to look for it.

Monica Bellucci (born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress


  • It's important for me to find different things and prove I can do them. ... Someone told me that inside all actors are many sleeping princesses, and each time we do a role, one of those princesses wakes up. Inside us there is everything. We just have to look for it.


  • After love, the man sleeps, while the woman reflects.
  • As a European, I need to stay in Europe and I make Italian movies, French movies. Then to come to America is something interesting for me.
  • As a woman I am so curious about prostitutes because of the idea that they know men better than you. Also, it's such a strange way to live. But at the same time there are prostitutes who just want to be prostitutes, and this is this woman, nobody pushed her to do it. She's a prostitute because she wants to be a prostitute. It's her philosophy of life.
  • Beauty becomes alive and interesting when it's habited.
  • Being an actress is the sublimation of feminity.
  • I come from a Catholic religion, but I'm not Catholic.
  • I could never live there. They are obsessed with youth and beauty even more than us. There is this thing in America where actresses reach 40 and go mad. The film industry wants all these young people. They also like a different sort of woman (to me). I will never be skinny. I also had a child a year ago, and I have been lazy. I love to eat. Who cares? I am natural.
    • On why she would not move to Hollywood to further her film career
  • I didn't have familiarity with children. I'm learning day after day, with her. And what impress me the most is that she, Deva, is an individual person. But in miniature, she seems to be a special effect.
    • On her daughter Deva.
  • I feel fine and comfortable with myself, but not because I'm beautiful. I know many beautiful people and their lives are just so terrible. They feel so uncomfortable with themselves. Being comfortable is not about what you look like, but how you feel. I'm a lucky person because I've been loved a lot. I have a great family.
  • I listen to "young" music, the one from my age. I adore soul, rap and funky.
  • I live in Paris but I feel I am a daughter of Europe.
  • I think this is something that touches every country — America, Italy, France, England, all over. You will see all these people, they don't know how to sing, they don't know how to dance, and still they become famous. You know, just celebrities. And I think this is a very dangerous process.
    • About television talent shows.
  • I'm not scared by nudity, because for me, nothing is more beautiful than a body. You can have such an amazing emotion from a body. In Irréversible (2002), I treated my body like it was an object and it's great when you can have this kind of relation with your body, it's a part of your job, an object you can work with. When you can have this kind of freedom it's the moment where you can give your best as an actress.
  • In 10 years I've done so many things. In the beginning I didn't know if I was still a model, if I was an actress. I knew I wanted to be an actress, but it was so difficult to be believed. Now things are going better and better and the proposals I have are much more interesting than five years ago. It's like getting older is getting better.
  • It is a handicap if you're stupid, but not if you are intelligent and know how to use your beauty.
  • Maybe the reason I work a lot is because each director thinks that I'll be better with him. Maybe the moment where I'll be completely accepted I won't work any more.
  • My body is so important to me... my face, my arms, my legs, my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have.
  • My career, at the moment, is very exciting, but love comes first because it balances me.
  • The human intelligence has progressed at the technological level; not at the level of feelings.
  • This is what I like about America, because you have very big budget movie, and also independent movies, so you have many different choices. But I know that I'm European... Being European, it is not easy to find the right project, because you may look different, you sound different, and you have to find the right character.
  • Vincent was so incredible, so sweet. When we went to Cannes for the film, you know the moment when I come out from the tunnel and we see me for the first time completely with blood all over, he was crying. I said, 'Vincent, come on. It's just a movie. We know it's not real.
    • On her husband's support when Irréversible (2002) was released.
  • When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life.
  • When I'll be old, I'd rather watch my children than my films.

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Monica Belllucci (born on September 30, 1964 in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy) is an Italian actress. She is the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company. She used to be a fashion model. Bellucci started modelling at 16.She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently and has acted in each of these languages, as well as Aramaic.She is currently considered as an Italian sex symbol. Bellucci is married to Vincent Cassel and has a daughter named Deva,(born September 12, 2004). In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian "Vanity Fair" Magazine in protest against Italian laws that allow only married couples to use in-vitro fertilization and that prevent the use of donor sperm.


  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
  • L'appartement (1996)
  • Dobermann (1997), Nat the Gypsy
  • Under Suspicion (2000)
  • Malèna (2000)
  • Le Pacte des Loups (2001)
  • Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002)
  • Irréversible (2002)
  • Tears of the Sun (2003)
  • Ricordati di me (2003)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004)
  • She Hate Me (2004)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
  • Heart Tango (2007)

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