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Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (born 30 September 1964) is an Italianmarker actress and fashion model.

Personal life

Bellucci was born in Città di Castellomarker, Umbria, Italymarker, 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 Perugiamarker, 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 was married to fashion photographer Claudio Carlos Basso in 1990. She is currently married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films, and has a daughter named Deva (born 12 September 2004). In 2004, 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.

Career

Modeling

In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milanmarker, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Parismarker and across the Atlanticmarker, in New York Citymarker. 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 February 2001 Esquire's feature on Desire featured Ms. Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. In 2004, 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 Londonmarker.

Entertainment

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990s. In 1992, she made her first appearance in a major English-language film 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), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), and Irréversible (2002), though is perhaps best known for her role as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), followed by her portrayal of Mary Magdelene in The Passion of the Christ (2004).

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, Bellucci starred in Tears of the Sun as a doctor in Nigeriamarker being rescued by the U.S.marker, and in 2005 in the fantasy film The Brothers Grimm as a beautiful evil queen. Her latest films are The Stone Council (2006) by Guillaume Nicloux, and Manuale d'amore 2 (2007), where she portrays a physiotherapist, who is the object of the desire of her patient. She was supposed to be seen portraying Indianmarker politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but now shelved. September 2007 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), 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 animated film Robots.

In 2007, she appeared in Heartango (2007), a film for Intimissimi, with José Fidalgo and directed by Gabriele Muccino.

Awards

In 2003, Bellucci won the Nastro d'Argento Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Alessia in Remember Me, My Love. She has been nominated for several others, including the 1996 César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L'Appartement.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Briganti – Amore e libertà (Bandits – Love and Liberty) Costanza
Vita coi figli (Life With the Sons) Elda
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula One of Dracula's brides
1995 Joseph Pharaoh's wife
1996 L'Appartement Lisa
1997 Dobermann Nat the Gypsy
1998 Ultimo capodanno dell'umanità (Humanity's Last New Year's Eve) Giulia Giovannini
2000 Under Suspicion Chantal Hearst
Franck Spadone Laura
Malèna Malèna Scordia
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Sylvia
2002 Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre Cleopatra
Irréversible Alex
2003 Remember Me, My Love Alessia
Tears of the Sun Lena Fiore Kendricks
The Matrix Reloaded Persephone
Enter the Matrix (video game) Persephone
The Matrix Revolutions Persephone
2004 The Passion of the Christ Mary Magdalene
Agents secrets Barbara / Lisa
She Hate Me Simona Bonasera
2005 The Brothers Grimm The Mirror Queen
How Much Do You Love Me? Daniela
2006 The Stone Council Laura Siprien
2007 Heartango

(short film for Intimissimi)
L'inafferrabile/ La passionale / L'indecisa / La curiosa / L'aggressiva / La mamma / La premurosa
Manuale d'amore 2

(Capitoli successivi)
Lucia
Shoot 'Em Up Donna Quintano
Le deuxième souffle Manouche
2008 Sanguepazzo Luisa Ferida
L'uomo che ama Alba
2009 Don't Look Back Jeanne
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Gigi
Baarìa - La porta del vento Bricklayer's girlfriend
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Veronica
The Whistleblower


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