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Vikki LaMotta (January 23, 1930 – January 25, 2005), born Beverly Thailer in The Bronxmarker, New Yorkmarker, was an ex-wife of boxer Jake LaMotta.

She married LaMotta when she was 16. It was his second marriage, her first. They divorced after 11 years in 1957. They had a daughter Christi and two sons - Jake Jr. and Joe both of whom died in 1998. Jake Jr. died due to liver cancer, and Joe was killed in an airplane crash. In 1962 she married Tony Foster: they had a son, Harrison, and divorced.

She was portrayed by actress Cathy Moriarty in the Academy Award-winning 1980 film Raging Bull. She posed nude for Playboy magazine in November 1981, aged 51.

She died following open-heart surgery in Boca Ratonmarker, Floridamarker on January 25, 2005, two days after her 75th birthday.

Book

Her book, Knockout! : the sexy, violent, extraordinary life of Vikki Lamotta (ISBN 1-89496-351-2), was published posthumously.

References

  1. Fitting Tribute to Vikki LaMotta
  2. Vicki LaMotta, 75; Ex-Wife of Prizefighter


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