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Monica Vitti, ‘Queen of Italian Cinema,’ Dies at 90

Sadly, the eminent Monica Vitti passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, after a prolonged fight against Alzheimer's Disease.

Italian politician and family friend Walter Veltroni posted on Twitter,” Roberto Russo, her life companion for many years, asked me to announce that Monica Vitti is no longer here. I do this with pain, affection, and regret.”

She was born Maria Luisa Ceciarelli on November 3, 1931, in Rome. Individuals remember Vitti for her role in films such as L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), Red Desert (1964), The Girl with the Pistol (1968), Camera d’albergo (1981), Flirt (1983), and Secret Scandal (1989).

Vitti worked with renowned directors and writers, including Luis Buñuel and Ettore Scola. Her blonde hair and striking blue eyes made her stand out from other notable Italian actresses, such as Sophia Loren. Her dedication and talent helped her win numerous awards, including Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 1995.

Many have expressed their condolences and sorrow, including Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini. He stated, “Goodbye Monica Vitti, goodbye to the Queen of Italian cinema. Today is a truly sad day, a great artist, and a great Italian has vanished.”

Monica Vitti will be remembered for the impact she has had on the film industry, her beauty, and her strength.


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