Monica BellucciActor / Model
Born: 30 September 1968
Birthplace: Citta di Castello, Italy
Best known as: The star of the movie Malena
Long a star in Italy, where she has drawn comparisons to Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci turned heads worldwide as a hip-swinging war widow in the 2000 Italian hit Malena. A former model, Bellucci began her film career in 1990; she made her U.S. feature debut in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992) and proved herself as a leading lady in L'Appartement (1996). She appeared with Morgan Freeman in Under Suspicion (2000) and with Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in 2003's The Matrix Reloaded. In 2004 she played Mary Magdalene to Jim Caviezel's Jesus of Nazareth in the film The Passion of the Christ. She has since focused on Italian films, with a few appearances in American flicks, including The Brothers Grimm (2005, as the Mirror Queen) and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009, with Winona Ryder).
Extra credit: Bellucci married the actor Vincent Cassel in 1999. Their daughter, Deva, was born in 2004.
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