Claim to fame:
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci
September 30, 1964
Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy
University of Perugia (majoring law)
Vincent Cassel (actor; born on November 23, 1966; married in 1999)
Luigi Bellucci (owned truck company)
Maria Gustinelli (painter)
Deva Cassel (born on September 12, 2004)
As Nat la gitane in Dobermann (1997), title role in Giuseppe
Tornatore's Malena (2000)
Monica Bellucci began her
career as a model while studying law at the University of Perugia. In
1990, Dino Risi cast her for the Italian television series "Vita Coi
Figli" and her acting career was born. She made her feature film debut
in Francesco Laudadio’s "La Riffa" (1991).
Francis Coppola gave Bellucci a small role in "Bram Stoker’s Dracula"
(1992) with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu
Reeves, and she went on to star in numerous European features. In
2000, she appeared with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman in "Under
Suspicion". The following year, she co-starred in the French sensation
"Le Pacte des Loupes" (2001).
Bellucci made a major impression when she starred as a raped woman in
Gaspar Noé’s harrowing "Irréversible" (2002) and the actress also hit
the radar of mainstream audiences when she appeared opposite Bruce
Willis in Antoine Fuqua’s "Tears of the Sun" (2003). Later that same
year, Bellucci entranced blockbuster-craving crowds when she was cast
in the highly-anticipated back-to-back sequels "The Matrix Reloaded"
and "The Matrix Revolution" playing the beautiful and enigmatic
Persephone. In 2004 Belucci had a small role, comported with much
modesty, as Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's controversial and brutal
depiction of the Crucifixtion, "The Passion of the Christ," and she
also appeared in director Spike Lee's middling sex comedy "She Hate
Me" (2004) as the lesbian daughter of a Mafioso who pays to be
impregnated by the film's lead character (Anthony Mackie). The
following year she appeared as the icy, evil Mirror Queen in director
Terry Gilliam's visually arresting but disappointing fairy tale
tweaking "The Brothers Grimm" (2005).