Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Monica Bellucci biography

Monica Bellucci was born on September 30th, 1968, in the village ofCitta di Castello, in Umbria, Italy. Initially pursuing a career as alawyer, Monica decided to start modeling in order to help pay for hertuition while at the University of Perugia.
But of course, theglamorous life of a model -- which includes travel and a sweet income-- tempted Monica away from her law studies. In 1988, Monica moved toone of Europe's fashion centers -- Milan. There, she signed with EliteModel Management and found plenty of modeling work. By 1989, Monicawas making it big in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York.
Butalthough she had achieved huge success in so little time as a model(posing for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle), Monica thrived for more.Monica's classic and elegant good looks are matched only by an equallysophisticated and refined fashion sense. She made her film debut in1990, with roles in Vita coi figli and Briganti (a.k.a Bandits: Loveand Liberty). The following year, Monica starred as Francesca in thefilm La Riffa, and made her American film debut with the role ofDracula's Bride in 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, co-starring GaryOldman and Winona Ryder. Roles began to pour in for the Italianbeauty. After a role in Ostinato destino, she appeared in I Mitici(a.k.a. The Heroes) in 1994, and Palla di neve in 1995. She alsostarred as the Pharaoh's wife in the made-for-TV movie, Joseph. But itwas her role in the 1996 film, L'Appartement, that earned Monica heracting accolades. In 1997, Bellucci was cast in Come mi vuoi (a.k.a AsYou Want Me), Dobermann and Mauvais genre. After roles in moreEuropean films such as 1998's L'Ultimo capodanno, A los que aman, andCompromis, she starred in 1999's Comme un poisson hors de l'eau(a.k.a. Like a Fish Out of Water). But it was the critical success ofthe Italian film Malena (2000), in which Monica starred in the titlerole, that really catapulted her to fame. In 2001, Bellucci starred inBrotherhood of the Wolf (co-starring her husband Cassel) and asCleopatra in Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre. The following yearshe starred in Tears of the Sun, with Bruce Willis, and of course, asPersephone in the highly anticipated sequels to 1999's The Matrix. In2004, Monica Bellucci was seen as Magdalene in Mel Gibson'scontroversial blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, and returned toFrench film with Agents secrets. She can also add 2004's The BrothersGrimm (with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger), Spike Lee's She Hate Me, and2005's Lord of War (with Nicolas Cage) to her filmography.With over 20 movies to her credit she isn't a novice to film,unfortunately her fame comes from Italian cinema. Monica has notbenefited from the Hollywood marketing machine that movie studios arecapable of. Although the model-turned-actress has reached incredibleheights in both streams of her career, she still dreams of workingwith the legendary Robert De Niro. Critics are quick to compare MonicaBellucci to previous Italian beauties, but she has her own brand ofsensual style. With roles as a topless vampire in "Dracula", and herrecent role as a sci-fi vixen in the Matrix sequels, Monica has provento be a bold blend of a seductive actress and a talented star.

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