Bellucci in 2009
|Born||Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
30 September 1964
Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy
|Occupation||Actress • fashion model|
|Years active||1977–present (model)
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi], born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and fashion model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, before making a transition to Italian films and later Hollywood films. She is often considered among the most beautiful women in the world.
She is perhaps best known to American audiences for her role as Persephone in the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She also played the Bride of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic romance film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna (2000), and held roles in controversial films such Gaspar Noé's arthouse horror film Irréversible (2002) and Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004), in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. At age 51, Bellucci played the role of a Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.
Monica Bellucci began modelling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast. In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centres, 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 Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. Men's Health also named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at No. 21. AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002. According to two national newspapers, she is considered an Italian sex symbol. In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine's April 2010 issue. From 2006 to 2010 Bellucci was the face of a range of Dior products. In 2012, she became the new face of Dolce & Gabbana. She is managed by Elite+ in New York City. Bellucci is signed to D'management Group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London. Belluci also posed for GQ Italia in February 2016.
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 The Apartment and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, "Under Suspicion", and Irréversible (2002). She has since 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), Shoot 'Em Up (2007), Don't Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010).
She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved. Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot 'Em Up (2007). 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.
Empire magazine selected her as twenty-first on their list of "The Sexiest 25 Characters in Cinema – The Women" for her role of "Persephone" in the Matrix series. Likewise, Nettavisen declared in 2009 that the role of Persephone qualified Bellucci as one of the 25 sexiest women of all time.
Bellucci met French actor Vincent Cassel on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment. They married in 1999, and have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010). Bellucci and Cassel announced their divorce on 26 August 2013.
In the 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 September 2012 at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the Iranian movie Rhino Season, Bellucci stated that she can speak four languages: Italian, French, English and Persian .
|Vita coi figli||1990||Elda|
|Bram Stoker's Dracula||1992||One of Dracula's brides|
|Briganti – Amore e libertà||1994||Costanza|
|Bits and Pieces||1995|
|Sorellina e il principe del sogno||1996||Princess|
|Dobermann||1997||Nat the Gypsy|
|Come mi vuoi||1997||Nellina|
|Kaputt Mundi||1998||Giulia Giovannini|
|A los que aman||1998||Valeria|
|Comme un poisson hors de l'eau||1999||Myrtille|
|Under Suspicion||2000||Chantal Hearst|
|Brotherhood of the Wolf||2001||Sylvia|
|Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre||2002||Cleopatra|
|Remember Me, My Love||2003||Alessia|
|Tears of the Sun||2003||Lena Fiore Kendricks|
|Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded||2003||Persephone|
|Enter the Matrix||2003||Persephone|
|Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions||2003||Persephone|
|Passion of the Christ, TheThe Passion of the Christ||2004||Mary Magdalene|
|She Hate Me||2004||Simona Bonasera|
|Brothers Grimm, TheThe Brothers Grimm||2005||The Mirror Queen|
|How Much Do You Love Me?||2005||Daniela|
|Sheitan||2006||La belle vampiresse|
|Napoleon and Me||2006||Baroness Emilia Speziali|
|The Stone Council||2006||Laura Siprien|
|Manual of Love 2
|Shoot 'Em Up||2007||Donna Quintano|
|Le deuxième souffle||2007||Manouche|
|L'uomo che ama||2008||Alba|
|Don't Look Back||2009||Jeanne|
|Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee||2009||Gigi Lee|
|Baarìa – La porta del vento||2009||Bricklayer's girlfriend|
|Omaggio a Roma||2009||Tosca|
|Whistleblower, TheThe Whistleblower||2010||Laura Leviani|
|Sorcerer's Apprentice, TheThe Sorcerer's Apprentice||2010||Veronica|
|Rose, c'est Paris||2010||L'esprit de gala|
|Manuale d'amore 3||2011||Viola|
|A Burning Hot Summer||2011||Angèle|
|Des gens qui s'embrassent (People who kiss)||2013||Giovanna|
|The Wonders||2014||Milly Catena|
|On the Milky Road||2016||Nevesta|
|Mozart in the Jungle||2016||Alessandra|
|2003||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Marina (French voice-dub)|
|2005||Robots||Cappy (French voice-dub)|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Won|
|2005||Globo d'oro||European Golden Globe||Won|
|1997||César Awards||Best Promising Actress||The Apartment||Nominated|
|2001||European Film Awards||Audience Award for Best Actress||Malèna||Nominated|
|2003||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Brotherhood of the Wolf||Nominated|
|2003||Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award||Best Female||The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions||Nominated|
|2003||David di Donatello Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ricordati di me||Nominated|
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Female Breakout Star||The Matrix Reloaded and Tears of the Sun||Nominated|
|2004||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Matrix Reloaded||Nominated|
|2005||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||The Passion of the Christ||Nominated|
|2007||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress||N||Nominated|
|2017||Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists||European Nastro D'Argento||On the Milky Road||Won|
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