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Monica Bellucci Biography

Birth Name:
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
Birth Place:
Città di Castello, Perugia, Italy
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • While studying law at Italy's University of Perugia, began modeling to earn money for school; soon dropped out to pursue modeling full-time
  • Moved to Milan in 1988 and joined the Elite Model Management agency
  • Met director Giuseppe Tornatore---who eventually cast her in the acclaimed Malèna (2000)---while shooting a commercial for a Dolce & Gabbana perfume in 1990
  • Made her U
  • S
  • film debut with a small part in the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola hit Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Breakthrough role came in 1996 French drama L'Appartement, which costarred Bellucci's future husband, Vincent Cassel
  • Created a stir when Gaspar Noé's Irréversible (2002)---in which Bellucci endures a brutal, nine-minute rape scene---premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Speaks English and French, in addition to her native Italian


  • 2010David di Donatello Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007Nastri d'argento-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Nastri d'argento-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2003David di Donatello Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2003Nastri d'argento-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1997César Awards-Most Promising Actress: nominated