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Facts about Monica Bellucci
Biography for Monica BellucciMonica Anna Maria Bellucci (born 30 sep. 1964 (49 years ago)) is an Italian actress and fashion model.
ModelingIn 1988 (25 years ago), Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989 (24 years ago), 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 Feb. 2001 (12 years ago) Esquire's feature on Desire featured Ms. Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003 (10 years ago), she was featured in Maxim. In 2004 (9 years ago), she topped AskMen's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list. Bellucci's modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. She is currently a face of a range of Dior Cosmetics. Bellucci is also signed to Storm Model Management in London.
EntertainmentBellucci's movie career began in the early 1990 (23 years ago). In 1992 (21 years ago), she made her first appearance in a major English-language movie as one of Dracula's brides in Bram Stoker's Dracula. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000, 13 years ago), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001, 12 years ago), and Irréversible (2002, 11 years ago), though is perhaps best known for her role as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded (21 walls) (2003, 10 years ago) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003, 10 years ago), followed by her portrayal of Mary Magdelene in The Passion of the Christ (2004, 9 years ago).
In a documentary about the film, The Big Question, 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 2003 (10 years ago), Bellucci starred in Tears of the Sun as a doctor in Nigeria being rescued by the U.S., and in 2005 (8 years ago) in the fantasy movie The Brothers Grimm as a beautiful evil queen. Her latest movies are The Stone Council (2006, 7 years ago) by Guillaume Nicloux, and Manuale d'amore 2 (2007, 6 years ago), where she portrays a physiotherapist, who is the object of the desire of her patient. She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007 (6 years ago), but now shelved. sep. 2007 (6 years ago) saw the release of Shoot 'Em Up, where she plays a prostitute, opposite Clive Owen. She dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film.
She filmed Le deuxième souffle (2006, 7 years ago), with Daniel Auteuil, Michel Blanc and Eric Cantona.
Bellucci 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 (8 years ago) animated movie Robots.
In 2007 (6 years ago), she appeared in Heartango (2007, 6 years ago), a movie for Intimissimi, with José Fidalgo and directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Personal lifeBellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy, the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company. Bellucci started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia, but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.
Bellucci is married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films, and has a daughter named Deva (born 12 sep. 2004 (9 years ago)). In 2004 (9 years ago), while pregnant with her daughter, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm.
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