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Monica Bellucci is an Italian model and actress who has a very long professional resume. It was as a model that she began and after becoming highly successful there, she decided to transition to acting which also went great. With a lot going for her in her professional life, she also has a lot in her personal life which many have not come to know.
Monica Bellucci Bio
It was as Monica Anna Maria Bellucci that the actress was born on 30 September 1964 in Città di Castello, Italy. She was brought up in San Giustino by her parents, Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci as their only child. While her father had and ran his lorry company, her mother was a housewife.
Even though her beauty was one of the things that would later kick-start her success, her father insisted that she was not beautiful when she was a little girl, but as soon as she was 12, everything changed. Looking at the success of their daughter, her mother would come to reveal that Monica’s siblings would have been jealous of her if she had any.
For her education, she went to the University of Perugia to study law but her passion was with modeling which she had started shortly after she became a teenager. At the time (1977), she modeled for a local photographer. Little did she know that she was starting a future that would take her to a place many can only imagine.
Her Acting & Modelling Career
Regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, she signed with Elite Model Management in Milan when she was only 24 and that got her fully started as a model. Just a year later, she had already started making a name as a model in different parts of the world including highly significant places such as Paris and New York City.
In 1990, she decided to give acting a try but that doesn’t mean she left modeling. In fact, she has come to become the face of Dior products as well as Dolce & Gabbana among many others.
Described as the Italian sex symbol, the acting career of Monica Bellucci first began with an appearance in the Italian movie, Vita coi figli in 1990, followed by The Raffle only a year after, and then Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Ostinato Destino in 1992. Her most popular role came in 2003 when she appeared in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as Persephone.
Other movies that she acted in are Malèna (2000), The Passion of the Christ (2004), and the James Bond film Spectre in 2015. The movie is one of her most significant movie appearances as she played the role of a Bond girl in the movie even though she was 51 years old at the time, making her the oldest woman to ever play the role.
With many movies to her credit, Bellucci has got many nominations to her name and a number of awards by the side including two Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards for Ricordati di me and On the Milky Road, as well as the Globo d’oro which is regarded as the Italian Golden Globe.
With a career that has spanned many years, Monica Bellucci has been able to amass a massive fortune for herself. She has a net worth that has been estimated at $45 million which she made from her acting and modeling career among other things.
Bellucci’s Husband and Children
Monica Bellucci has thus far gotten married twice. The first man that became her husband was a fashion photographer, Claudio Carlos Basso. The two got married in 1990, but unfortunately, the marriage only survived until 2004 when they settled for a divorce.
The next time the beautiful actress would get married was in 1999 to the French actor, Vincent Cassel. The couple first met in 1996 when they were shooting ‘l’Appartement and before long, they became an item. Three years down the line, they decided to tie the knot at a ceremony in Monaco.
After 14 years as man and wife, Cassel and Bellucci who had maintained homes in both Rome and Paris decided to mutually end their marriage.
Inasmuch as she did not get any child from her first marriage, Monica got two children from the second with the first, Deva born in 2004 and Léonie, in 2010. When she was pregnant with her first daughter, the actress posed nude in protest against a law that prevented sperm donation. Again, she posed semi-nude in 2010 when she was pregnant with her second daughter.