Alessandra Mussolini

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Alessandra Mussolini
Alessandra Mussolini datisenato 2013.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
ConstituencyCentral Italy
In office
20 July 2004 – 28 April 2008
ConstituencyCentral Italy
Member of the Senate
In office
15 March 2013 – 30 June 2014
ConstituencyCampania
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
29 April 2008 – 14 March 2013
ConstituencyCampania 1
In office
23 April 1992 – 19 July 2004
ConstituencyNaples
Personal details
Born (1962-12-30) 30 December 1962 (age 57)
Rome, Italy
NationalityItalian
Political partyMSI (1992–1995)
AN (1995–2003)
AS (2003–2009)
PdL (2009–2013)
FI (2013–2018; 2019–present)
Spouse(s)
Mauro Floriani
(m. 1989)
Children3
ParentsRomano Mussolini (father)
Anna Maria Villani Scicolone (mother)
RelativesMussolini family
Sophia Loren (aunt)
Alma materSapienza University of Rome
ProfessionActress, politician

Alessandra Mussolini (born 30 December 1962) is an Italian[1][2][3][4] politician, the granddaughter of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and a former actress and model who served as a Member of the European Parliament for Forza Italia. She was a member of the Chamber of Deputies from 2008 to 2013 and the Italian Senate from 2013 to 2014, she was elected under The People of Freedom which is now part of Forza Italia. She was elected to the European Parliament in 2014.

She was the founder and leader of the National Conservative political party Social Action; from 2004 until 2008, Mussolini also served as a Member of the European Parliament, and she has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian Parliament, for The People of Freedom.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Alessandra Mussolini was born in Rome, the daughter of Romano Mussolini, the fourth son of Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1943, and Anna Maria Villani Scicolone (born 11 May 1938, Rome). Actress Sophia Loren is her maternal aunt.

From 1976 to 1980 she went to high school at the American Overseas School of Rome. She graduated in 1994 from Sapienza University of Rome, where she got her master of science in medicine and surgery.

She married customs policeman Mauro Floriani on 28 October 1989. Going against tradition, she proposed to him.[6] Together they have three children,[7] Caterina, Clarissa, and Romano – the last named after his grandfather. Later, the children adopted their mother's surname, but she went through a complex legal process to allow them to do so. She has since campaigned for Italian law to be changed to allow all children to take their mother's last name if they wish.[8]

Her husband was scheduled to appear at court for a child prostitution trial in 2015. In 2013, around 50 men—among them professionals, priests, and politicians—were accused of paying two teenage girls, aged 14 and 15, for sexual services in Rome.[9]

She is second cousin to Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, Benito Mussolini's great-grandson, who ran for the Fratelli d’Italia party in the 2019 European Parliament election.[10]

Entertainment career[edit]

Mussolini was taken under the wing of her aunt Sophia Loren for a while and started a career as an actress in the Italian film industry during the 1970s. A Special Day (1977), in which she had a minor role as "Maria Luisa," won an American Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

During 1982, Mussolini released a pop music album of romantic songs under the title Amore on Alfa Records; the album was released only in Japan and has since become something of a collectors item.[11]

Mussolini also appeared as a glamour model,[12] including on the cover of two European editions of Playboy, in Italy (August 1983) and Germany (November 1983).[13][14] "When you are an actress, you are dealing with the body. Every actress does topless and stuff like this; you have to," she has said.[15]

Mussolini continued as an actress into the 1980s. Some of the films she featured in were made for Italian television. However, she still acted in standard cinematic films, such as The Assisi Underground in which she played a nun; the movie focused on the Roman Catholic Church rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.[16] She starred in her final film in 1990 and then left the film industry to continue studying after a producer asked her to change her name.[15]

Political career[edit]

In 1992, she was elected to parliament in a Naples constituency as a member of the Movimento Sociale Italiano (MSI).

She later was a candidate for the post of mayor of Naples, but was defeated by Antonio Bassolino. She claimed that her relations with Gianfranco Fini, leader of the Alleanza Nazionale, never were very good; she then later withdrew, resigning over differences with him at least once.[17] She unsuccessfully challenged him for the leadership of the party when he withdrew support for Benito Mussolini in a television interview in January 2002.[18][19]

In 2001, Mussolini was involved in an physical altercation while filming for a Porta a Porta talk show episode on sexual harassment. Mussolini attacked and kicked Katia Bellillo, then Minister for Equal Opportunities, while calling her an "ugly communist" who should "go and live in Cuba."[1][15][20]

Mussolini suddenly left the National Alliance on 28 November 2003, following the visit of party leader and the Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini to Israel, where he described fascism as part "the absolute evil" with regard to the Holocaust as he apologised for Italy's role as an Axis Power during the Second World War.[21] Mussolini, however, defended the right of Israel to exist and declared that the world "should beg forgiveness of Israel."[22]

Following her resignation, Mussolini formed her Social Action party, originally named "Freedom of Action," and organised a coalition named Social Alternative. The move was read in the Italian media as surprising because of Mussolini's "progressive" stances on many issues, including abortion,[23] artificial insemination,[24][25] gay rights[26] and civil unions.[27] She has been an outspoken feminist[28] and has been described by conservative commentators as a "socialist"[29] and a "left-winger."[30]

In the 2004 European Parliament election, Social Alternative, gained 1.2% of the electoral list vote. Mussolini herself received 133,000 preference votes.

In response to a comment made by UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom in which he said that "No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age. That isn't politically correct, is it, but it's a fact of life. The more women's rights you have, it's actually a bar to their employment."[31] and: "I just don't think [women] clean behind the fridge enough,"[32] Mussolini responded by saying

I know the English have a sense of humour about themselves, but I am from Naples and I can say that we women do know how to cook and clean the refrigerator and even be politicians, while perhaps Godfrey Bloom does not know either how to clean the refrigerator or how to be a politician.[33]

In March 2005, Mussolini was banned by a local court from regional elections held the following month for presenting fraudulent signatures.[34] "This is an affront to democracy, if they're going to exclude the Social Alternative they will have to exclude all the parties, because all the signature lists are false," Mussolini told Reuters.[35] Mussolini went on a hunger strike to protest the decision.[36] However, at the end of the month Italy's top administrative court, the Council of State, annulled the decision and she stood for election.[37]

In 2006, she responded to claims by the transgender Italian parliamentary candidate Vladimir Luxuria that she was a "fascist" with the line "Meglio fascista che frocio" ("Better fascist than faggot").[38]

In November 2007, remarks by Mussolini triggered the collapse of the far-right Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty grouping within the European Parliament.[39] Mussolini declared that all Romanians were criminals in remarks regarding immigration policy. This prompted delegates from the Greater Romania Party to quit the group, bringing the group below the minimum number of members to qualify as a caucus and receive Parliamentary funding.

After the Italian general elections of April 2008, Mussolini served as a member of the Italian parliament within Silvio Berlusconi's alliance of right wing parties, The People of Freedom.[5]

Mussolini condemned the Vatican's comparison of homosexuality with pedophilia, stating "You can't link sexual orientation to pedophilia … this link risks becoming dangerously misleading for the protection of children."[40]

In the Italian general election of February 2013, she was elected to the Senate of the Republic as a member of The People of Freedom. The party was transformed into a new Forza Italia in November 2013.[41] In the 2014 European Parliament election, Mussolini was elected to the EP for Forza Italia.[42]

She left Forza Italia in 2018, following the party's decision to be in opposition to the Conte government.[43] She has used Twitter to defend the memory of her grandfather from critics such as actor Jim Carrey, and fans of Scottish football club Celtic F.C..[1][44]

In 2019, she lost her bid for reelection to the European Parliament.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Bianco, rosso e... Sister Germana as a Child
1977 A Special Day Maria Luisa Taberi
1982 Il Caso Pupetta Maresca Pupetta Maresca TV movie, with Alessandra Mussolini as Pupetta Maresca
1983 Il Tassinaro Donatella
1984 Qualcosa di biondo Bride TV movie, Uncredited
1985 The Assisi Underground Sister Beata
1986 Ferragosto O.K. Fotomodella TV movie
1987 Noi uomini duri Ada
1988 Vincere per vincere Fiamma TV movie
1990 Sabato, domenica e lunedì Giulianella TV movie
1990 Ha-Derech L'Ein Harod Liora (final film role)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Noori-Farzan, Antonia (1 April 2019). "Benito Mussolini's granddaughter has spent decades defending him. Now she's feuding with Jim Carrey". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ Siemaszko, Corky (1 April 2019). "Jim Carrey's picture of Mussolini's demise sparks Twitter tirade from dictator's granddaughter". NBC News. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Tucker, Reals (1 April 2019). "Jim Carrey's new painting enrages Benito Mussolini's granddaughter". CBS News. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Merelli, Annalisa (1 April 2019). "The reaction to Jim Carrey's Mussolini tweet stands as a warning for anti-fascists". Quartz. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b Deputati – MUSSOLINI Alessandra Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, website of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Chronicle" Nadine Brozan, The New York Times, 15 November 1994.
  7. ^ Squires, Nick (11 March 2014). "Mussolini grand-daughter's husband in prostitution probe". The Telegraph.
  8. ^ "Mussolini calls for new naming law" Malcolm Moore, The Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2006
  9. ^ "Mussolini granddaughter's husband to go on trial for 'paying for sex with teenage prostitutes'". Daily Telegraph. 23 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Mussolini's progeny voted down in EU elections". Italian Insider. 31 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Alessandra Mussolini – Amore (1982)". Orrore a 33 Giri. 13 April 2007. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  12. ^ Jan Repa (9 January 2004). "Italy's post-fascists to regroup". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  13. ^ "Playboy Italy – Covers of 1983". PBCovers. August 1983. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Playboy Germany – Covers of 1983". PBCovers. November 1983. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  15. ^ a b c "Alessandra Mussolini: Politician in stilettos". The Independent. 8 February 2004. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2008. Also archived at FindArticles.com as "Mussolini In Stilettos" by Susan Chenery.
  16. ^ "The Assisi Underground (1985)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  17. ^ "A Mussolini Quits Rightist Party in Italy" The New York Times, 15 November 1996.
  18. ^ "Alessandra Mussolini seeks leadership of Italy's far Right" by Bruce Johnston, The Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2002
  19. ^ "Mussolini to challenge party boss" Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine, CNN, 25 January 2002
  20. ^ Tonelli, Matteo (31 January 2001). "la Repubblica/politica: Calci e insulti il duello e' servito". www.repubblica.it. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  21. ^ "La Mussolini lascia An "Gianfranco ha tradito"". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  22. ^ "Mussolini: World should 'beg forgiveness of Israel'". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  23. ^ "la Mussolini: macche' omicidio cosi' si criminalizzano le donne". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  24. ^ "Embrioni, da Mussolini a Melandri e' ancora polemica". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  25. ^ "Fecondazione, il Parlamento vara le regole". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  26. ^ "Destra e gay, pace vicina. Alessandra Mussolini: tra loro ho molti amici". Retrieved 8 July 2008. See also: "Alessandra: per una volta sono vicina alla sinistra". Retrieved 8 July 2008. and "La Mussolini piace ai gay e mette in imbarazzo An". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  27. ^ "Turco-Mussolini, Thelma e Louise della politica "Tanta invidia ma andiamo avanti lo stesso"". Retrieved 8 July 2008. See also: "Raddoppiano le coppie di fatto Polo contro la proposta Mussolini". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  28. ^ "Alessandra Mussolini: ora serve un nuovo femminismo". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  29. ^ "Buttafuoco: Mussolini, vattene con l' Ulivo Alessandra: triste non sapere dove buttarsi". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  30. ^ "An s' interroga su Alessandra "E' di destra o femminista?"". Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  31. ^ Booth, Jenny (20 July 2004). "UKIP man champions a woman's right to clean fridges". TimesOnline.
  32. ^ "UKIP MEP in row over working women". BBC. 21 July 2004.
  33. ^ Quote in the original language Italian: "So che gli Inglesi hanno il senso dell’autoironia, ma io sono napoletana e posso dire che noi donne sappiamo cucinare e pulire i frigoriferi e facciamo anche politica, mentre forse Godfrey Bloom non-sa né pulire i frigoriferi, né fare politica."
  34. ^ "Alessandra Mussolini barred from election because of faked signatures" by John Hooper, The Guardian, 14 March 2005
  35. ^ "Mussolini’s granddaughter barred from vote" Archived 7 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters, 13 March 2005, Tiscali News
  36. ^ "Hunger Strike By Mussolini", Associated Press, 15 March 2005, CBS News
  37. ^ "Q&A: Italy regional elections", BBC News, 1 April 2005
  38. ^ "Mussolini a Vladimir Luxuria 'Meglio fascista che frocio'", La Repubblica, 9 March 2006 (in Italian)
  39. ^ "Xenophobia destroys EU's ultra-rightwing MEP group", The Guardian, 15 November 2007
  40. ^ Pullella, Philip (14 April 2010). "Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia". Reuters.
  41. ^ Alessandra MUSSOLINI (in Italian) Senato.it. Retrieved 21 June 2014 (archived at Webcitation)
  42. ^ Remi Adekoya et al (26 May 2014)Meet the new faces ready to sweep into the European parliament The Guardian.
  43. ^ Falci, Giuseppe. "Mussolini: "Lascio Forza Italia." E su Salvini: "Mi piace, è un vero militante"". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). RCS Mediagroup S.p.a. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  44. ^ Keyden, Nicholas (30 December 2019). "Celtic fans' bitter feud with Mussolini's granddaughter reignited as she mocks Rangers loss". Daily Record. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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