Franco Zeffirelli

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  • Birth Name: Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli
  • Birth Place: Florence, Italy
  • Profession: Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Began career in theater in 1949 as a set designer for the first Italian production of A Streetcar Named Desire under the direction of Luchino Viconti.
  • Made a name for himself as a drama and opera director in the 1950s and '60s in Milan, London and New York. Lavish sets were his trademark.
  • Directed a major motion picture for the first time in 1967, The Taming of the Shrew, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
  • Most acclaimed directorial effort, Romeo and Juliet, was released in 1968 and gained renown for the casting of unknown teen actors in the title roles.
  • Directed Jesus of Nazareth in 1977, a television miniseries which is still aired in some countries around Easter.
  • Endured criticism for Endless Love, a film with a teenaged Brooke Shields, a much-anticipated release that was unable to live up to the hype.
  • Released Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Glenn Close in 1990.
  • Received acclaim in 1999 for the autobiographical film Tea With Mussolini.

Awards

  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Production Design: Winner
  • 1969, David di Donatello Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1968, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1962, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming - Directing: Winner
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming: Winner
  • 1963, Tony — Scenic Designer: Nominee
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Language Film: Nominee
  • 1969, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 2002, David di Donatello Awards — Special David (Honorary): Winner
  • 1972, David di Donatello Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1969, Nastri d'argento — Best Director: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Language Film: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Art Direction: Nominee
  • 1991, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner

Relationships

  • Ottorino Corsi — Father
  • Pippo — Son
  • Adelaide Garosi — Mother
  • Luciano — Son
  • Adriana — Half Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli
  • Birth Place: Florence, Italy
  • Profession: Producer, Director, Screenwriter

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