Name: Monica Bellucci Occupation: Model/Actress
Date of Birth: September 30,1968 Place
of Birth: Citta di Castello, Perugia, Italy Height: 5' 10" Hair
color: Black Eye color: Brown Nationality: Italian
Raised in: Queens,New York Education: University of Perugia
Measurements: 35-24-35 Claim to Fame: as Nat la gitane in Dobermann
body is so important to me...my face, my arms, my legs, my
hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have."
Bellucci is the alluring European star now commanding attention
on the international scene for her work in such films as Giuseppe
Tornatore's Oscar-nominated Malena and Christophe Gans' French
boxoffice sensation The Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des
Loups), the latter opposite her husband, French actor Vincent
grew up in the Umbrian town of Citta di Castello, idolizing
such global cinema icons as Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, Gina
Lollabrigida and Claudia Cardinale. Her own ascent to stardom
began in Milan, where she was studying law when a friend urged
her to try modeling. The vocation proved lucrative for Bellucci
and took her from her university studies to work as an actress
in the telefilm Vita Coi Figli, a role she won after director
Dino Risi saw her photo in a magazine.
also captured the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola
who cast Bellucci in her first American role, as one of Dracula's
brides, in his 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. She
returned to Italy and appeared in numerous films (IL Cielo č
Sempre Pių Blu, Palla di Neve and I Mitici, among others).
her first French-language project, the 1996 thriller L'Appartement,
Bellucci immediately garnered acclaim. She won a Cesar (the
French equivalent of the Oscar), as well as the heart of her
future husband Cassel. She has since worked with Cassel on seven
projects, most recently in Irreversible, an official competition
selection at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Other motion picture
credits include Under Suspicion, Franck Spadone, Le Plaisir
will next be seen starring opposite Keanu Reeves and Laurence
Fishburne in the Wachowski Brothers' dual sequels The Matrix
Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, as well as Mel Gibson's next
directorial effort The Passion, as Mary Magdalene.
appeared in a black & white TV commercial for Dolce & Gabbana.
director was Giuseppe Tornatore, who also directed her in
the movie "Malena".