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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci Monica Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian actress and former fashion model.

Background
Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci decided to start modeling in order to help pay for her tuition while at the University of Perugia, but the glamorous lifestyle tempted Monica away from her law studies.

She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently and has acted in each of these languages, as well as Aramaic in The Passion of the Christ.

After her work in The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci was assumed by many fans to be a Christian. However 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."

Modelling career
In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe's fashion centers — Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French ELLE, amongst others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes.

Personal life
She is married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films and had a daughter, named Deva. In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that allow only married couples to use in-vitro vertilization and that prevent the use of donor sperm.

Monica Bellucci

Trivia
In 2003, Bellucci was featured in Maxim.
In 2004, she topped AskMen's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list.
She will be seen essaying the role of Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic expected to release in 2007. Her resemblance to Gandhi, and the fact that both Bellucci and Gandhi are Italian was an unsurprising choice.
Bellucci has done several nude scenes in her films, most notably in Malèna, and Irréversible.

Partial Filmography

2007: Shoot 'em Up
2006: N - Napoléon
2005: - The Brothers Grimm
2005: Agents Secrets
2004: - She Hate Me
2004: - The Passion of the Christ
2003: Ricordati di me
2003: - The Matrix Revolutions
2003: - The Matrix Reloaded
2003: Irréversible
2003: - Tears of the Sun
2002: Astérix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre
2001: Le Pacte des loups
2000: Franck Spadone
2000: Malèna
2000: Suspicion
1999: Comme un poisson hors de l'eau
1996: L'Appartement
1992: - Bram Stoker's Dracula


Monica Bellucci Picture Gallery

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