15 January 1962 |
|Years active||1983 - present|
After a long period of studying at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, she made her breakthrough role in Duccio Tessari's Una grande storia d'amore (1986), which was followed by roles in Daniele Luchetti's two projects Domani accadrà (1988) and La settimana della sfinge (1990). For the last one, she won the best performance by an actress in a leading role award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Afterwards, she played in Sergio Rubini's La Stazione for which she won her first David di Donatello Prize and the Silver Ribbon as best leading actress, in 1990. After La Stazione, she became a premier star featuring in Italian box office hits like Carlo Verdone's Damned the day I met you (1992). She teamed up again with director Daniele Luchetti for Arriva la bufera (1992) and worked with Mario Monicelli in Facciamo paradiso (1995) and Pozzessere (Testimone a rischio).
In 1994 she was directed by her husband, Sergio Rubini, in the film Prestazione straordinaria. She also formed an association with Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni, who directed her in four films: the most important being Cuori al verde (1996) and Fuori dal mondo, which earned Margherita her second David di Donatello Award.
Now Margherita Buy is one of the most appreciated actresses of European cinema: Ferzan Özpetek's His secret life, or The Ignorant Fairies, in which she portrayed a widow who discovered her husband had been having an affair with a man for the last seven years won her a Silver Ribbon as best lead. Cristina Comencini's The Best Day of My Life won her another Silver Ribbon, this time as best supporting actress. Paolo Virzì's Caterina in the Big City won her David as best supporting actress. For her work in Giovanni Veronesi's Manuale d'amore she was awarded her third Silver Ribbon and a fourth David di Donatello.
Her performance in I giorni dell'abbandono by Roberto Faenza earned her the Golden Graal for best performance by an actress in a drama. Il caimano by Nanni Moretti, shown at the 2006 Cannes film festival, gave her the Ciak d'oro 2006 award as best lead actress.
Her 1991 marriage with Sergio Rubini ended by the mid-1990s.
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