Maurizio Costanzo

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Maurizio Costanzo
Maurizio Costanzo 1972.jpg
Maurizio Costanzo presenting the radio show Buon Pomeriggio in 1972
Born (1938-08-28) 28 August 1938 (age 78)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Italian television host
Spouse(s) Maria De Filippi

Maurizio Costanzo (born 28 August 1938) is an Italian television host, journalist, screenwriter and film director.


Costanzo began his career as a journalist, and in the late 1970s appeared in several television shows, before creating his most famous show, The Maurizio Costanzo Show, currently the most important and longest-lasting talk show in Italy. Costanzo's TV style includes subtle, low-profile irony.[1] He also wrote the screenplays for several films, as well as the lyrics of the song "Se telefonando", which was popularized by Mina.

Costanzo was the artistic director of the main TV channel of Silvio Berlusconi, Canale 5. In 2010 he moved to RAI, presenting the talk show Bontà sua.[2]

Costanzo is the "communication-agent" (an aesthetical and rhetorical consultant for public appearances) of many Italian political leaders. He was a member of the Propaganda 2 masonic lodge.[3] Since 2011 he collaborates with Radio Manà Manà.[4] He is a professor at the Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Costanzo has been married at least four times.[6] In 1963 he married Lori Sorrentino, a journalist and photographer fourteen years his senior. He later married another journalist, Flaminia Morando, who left her husband Alberto Michelini for Costanzo. Costanzo and Morando had two children: Camilla (born 1973) and Saverio (born 1975); they divorced in the late 1970s. From 1983 to 1986 Costanzo lived with - and was possibly married to - the actress, voice actress, screenwriter and director Simona Izzo.[7] On 7 June 1989 he married the TV presenter Marta Flavi,[8] but they separated in December 1990 and divorced in 1995. On his 57th birthday, 28 August 1995, Costanzo married Maria De Filippi, a television host and producer, who had been living with him since 1990.[9] In 2004, the couple adopted a 12-year-old boy, Gabriele.



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