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Braschi receiving an award, 2005
April 19, 1960 |
|Years active||1983 – 2005|
|Spouse(s)||Roberto Benigni (1991-present)|
Life and career
Born in Cesena, Braschi studied in Rome's Academy of Dramatic Arts where she first met Benigni in 1980. Her first film was with Benigni in 1983, the comedy Tu Mi Turbi ("You Upset Me"). She later appeared in two Jim Jarmusch films, Down by Law and Mystery Train.
Braschi's two most successful collaborations with her husband have been Johnny Stecchino (1992) and La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) (1998). The first, an Italian comedy that cast the actress as the girlfriend of a mobster (Benigni), was a huge hit in Italy; while the second, in which Braschi played the wife of an Italian Jew (Benigni) imprisoned in a concentration camp, was a widely praised success that launched both Braschi and her husband into the international spotlight.
In 1997 Braschi starred in Ovosodo as a depressed teacher encouraging a student to work and study harder. The film won her much praise from critics and public and from it she won a David di Donatello award.
She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award as a cast member of Life is Beautiful, in which Benigni played the role of her character's husband. She is also a David di Donatello award winner (Italy's equivalent of the Oscars).
In 2002, she was a member of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival.
As of 2010 she tours the Italian theatres starring in "Tradimenti". Based on Harold Pinter's play Betrayal.
|1983||Tu mi turbi||Virgin Mary|
|1986||Down by law||Nicoletta|
|1988||Ya bon les blancs||Luisa|
|1988||The Little Devil||Nina|
|1989||Mystery Train||Luisa (Segment- Ghost)|
|1990||The Sheltering Sky||French Woman|
|1991||La domenica specialmente||Girl (Segment La domenica specialmente)|
|1993||Son of the Pink Panther||Jacqueline Gambrelli|
|1995||Pasolini, un delitto italiano||Graziella Chiracossi|
|1998||Life Is Beautiful||Dora Orefice|
|2003||Mi piace lavorare||Anna|
|2005||The Tiger and the Snow||Vittoria|
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