Monica Bellucci

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

Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy, the daughter of Maria Gustinelli, a painter, and Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company. Bellucci started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia, but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.

Bellucci is married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films, and has a daughter named Deva (born September 12, 2004). In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm.

Filmography

* Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Dracula’s Bride
    * L’appartement (1996) – Lisa
    * Dobermann (1997) – Nat the Gypsy
    * Franck Spadone (2000) – Laura
    * Under Suspicion (2000) – Chantal Hearst
    * Malèna (2000) – Malèna Scordia
    * Le Pacte des Loups (aka Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001) – Sylvia
    * Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002) – Cleopatra
    * Irréversible (2002) – Alex
    * Tears of the Sun (2003) – Lena Fiore Kendricks
    * Ricordati di me (2003) – Alessia
    * The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – Persephone
    * The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – Persephone
    * The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Mary Magdalene
    * She Hate Me (2004) – Simona Bonasera
    * The Brothers Grimm (2005) – The Mirror Queen
    * Combien tu m’aimes? (2005) – Daniela
    * Manuale d’amore 2 – Capitoli successivi (2006) – Lucia
    * Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) – Donna Quintano
    * Heartango (2007)
    * Le deuxième souffle (2007) – Manouche
    * Wild Blood (2008) – Luisa Ferida
    * The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) – Gigi