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Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
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Monica Bellucci (September 30, 1964, Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy)
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and fashion model.
Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy as the only child of Luigi Bellucci, and she grew up in San Giustino.
Monica Bellucci began modeling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast.
In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, 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 llucci 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.
Bellucci's modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. From 2006 to 2010 she was the face of a range of Dior products. Bellucci is signed to D'management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.
In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine 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.
In 2012 she became the Dolce & Gabbana face.
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 L'Appartement 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, 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), 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.
Bellucci is married to French actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films. They have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010).
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."
Awards and nominations
2003 – Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress (Ricordati di me)
2005 – Golden Globes, Italy: European Golden Globe
1997 – César Awards for Best Promising Actress (L'appartement)
2001 – European Film Awards: Audience Award for Best Actress (Malèna)
2002 – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
2003 – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award for Best Female (The Matrix Reloaded) and (The Matrix Revolutions)
2003 – David di Donatello Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Ricordati di me)
2003 – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Female Breakout Star (The Matrix Reloaded) & (Tears of the Sun)
2004 – MTV Movie Awards for Best Kiss (The Matrix Reloaded)
2005 – Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress (The Passion of the Christ)
2007 – Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actress (N (Io e Napoleone))
Actress (59 titles)
2013 Des gens qui s'embrassent (post-production)
2012 Rhino Season (completed)
2011 Un été brûlant
2011 Manuale d'am3re
2010 The Whistleblower
2010 Troldmandens lærling
2010 Rose, c'est Paris (TV movie)
L'esprit de gala
2009 Omaggio a Roma (short)
2009 Ne te retourne pas
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
2008 L'uomo che ama
2007 Le deuxième souffle
Simona - dite 'Manouche'
2007 Shoot 'Em Up
2007 Manuale d'amore 2 (Capitoli successivi)
2007 Heartango (short)
L'inafferrabile/La passionale/L'indecisa/La curiosa/L'aggressiva/La mamma/La premurosa
2006 Le concile de pierre
2006 N (Io e Napoleone)
Baronessa Emilia Speziali
La belle vampiresse
2005 Combien tu m'aimes?
2005 The Brothers Grimm
2005 The Matrix Online (Video Game)
2004 Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Video Game)
2004 She Hate Me
2004 Agents secrets
2004 The Passion of the Christ
2003 The Matrix Revolutions
2003 Enter the Matrix (Video Game)
2003 The Matrix Reloaded
2003 Tears of the Sun
Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks
2003 Husk mig nu
Alex (as Bellucci)
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Kleopatra
2000 Franck Spadone
2000 Under Suspicion
1999 Comme un poisson hors de l'eau
1998 A los que aman
1998 L'ultimo capodanno
1998 Compromis (short)
Monique, la jeune première
1998 Le plaisir (et ses petits tracas)
La jeune fille éplorée
1997 Come mi vuoi
1997 Mauvais genre
Nathalie/Nat the gipsy
1996 Il cielo è sempre più blu
1996 Sorellina e il principe del sogno (TV movie)
1995 Joseph (TV movie)
1995 Palla di neve
1994 I mitici
1993 La riffa
1992 Ostinato destino
1990 Vita coi figli (TV movie)
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