Monica Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian actress
and former fashion model.
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
She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently and has acted
in each of these languages, as well as Aramaic in The Passion of
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."
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.
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.
In 2003, Bellucci was featured in Maxim.
In 2004, she topped AskMen's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World
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
Bellucci has done several nude scenes in her films, most notably
in Malèna, and Irréversible.
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: - Tears of the Sun
2002: Astérix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre
2001: Le Pacte des loups
2000: Franck Spadone
1999: Comme un poisson hors de l'eau
1992: - Bram Stoker's Dracula
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