Monica Bellucci at the Women's World Award 2009
|Born||Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
30 September 1964
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
|Occupation||Actress and fashion model|
|Years active||1990 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Claudio Carlos Basso (1990 – ?)
Vincent Cassel (1999 – present)
Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy, the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company. 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 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.
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."
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 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 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.
Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007). 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.
In 2003, Bellucci won the Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Alessia in Remember Me, My Love. In 2006, she served as a judge at 59th Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won the World Actress Award in Womens’ World Award.
|1990||Vita coi figli (Life With the Sons)||Elda|
|Briganti – Amore e libertà (Bandits – Love and Liberty)||Costanza|
|1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||One of Dracula's brides|
|ostinato destino||Marina/ Angela|
|1995||Pala di Neve||Melina|
|Il cielo é sempre piú blu|
|1996||L'Appartement||Lisa||Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Dobermann||Nat the Gypsy|
|Come mi vuoi||Nellina|
|Ultimo capodanno dell'umanità||Giulia Giovannini|
|A los que aman||Valeria|
|1999||Comme un poisson hors de l'eau||Myrtille|
|2000||Under Suspicion||Chantal Hearst|
|2001||Brotherhood of the Wolf||Sylvia|
|2002||Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre||Cleopatra|
|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|
(short film for Intimissimi)
|L'inafferrabile/ La passionale /
L'indecisa / La curiosa /
L'aggressiva / La mamma /
|Manuale d'amore 2
|Shoot 'Em Up||Donna Quintano|
|Le deuxième souffle||Manouche|
|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|
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.