Monica Bellucci
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Date of Birth: September 30, 1968

Place of Birth: Citta di Castello, Perugia, Italy

Occupation: Actress/Model

Height: 5' 10½"

Measurements: 35C-24-35

Monica Bellucci Biography

Monica Bellucci was born on September 30, 1968, in the region of Umbria in Italy. She originally wanted to be a lawyer and she attended the University of Perugia. She modeled part time while in school to earn money for tuition and other expenses. In 1988, she moved to Milan and signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she had become well known as a fashion model from Paris to New York City. Bellucci appeared in numerous magazines and ad campaigns, including posing for Dolce & Gabbana and French ELLE.

In 1989, Bellucci took an interest in acting and began taking acting classes. The following year, she made her acting debut in an Italian TV movie. She made her feature film debut in La Riffa in 1991, and her first American film appearance was in 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, which made her instantly popular in the United States.

In 1996, Bellucci was seen in the French thriller, L'Appartement which launched her into stardom and she won the French equivalent of an Academy Award nomination. She then appeared in a number of European films, and in 2000 she won the lead role in the acclaimed Italian film Malèna, which was also released in the United States. That same year, she acted alongside Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman in crime thriller Under Suspicion. In 2002, Bellucci garnered much attention after playing a rape victim in Irréversible, and appeared opposite Bruce Willis in 2003's Tears of the Sun.

In 2003, Bellucci joined up with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for the second installment of the Matrix trilogy The Matrix Reloaded. She reprised her role as Persephone in the conclusion to the series The Matrix Revolutions, also in 2003. In 2004, she had a role in Mel Gibson's highly publicized and controversial film The Passion of the Christ, playing Mary Magdelene. That same year, she appeared in Spike Lee's comedy She Hate Me, playing a lesbian daughter of a Mafioso.

In 2005, she played the evil Mirror Queen in the fairy tale based film The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. In 2006, she appeared in a number of European films and in 2007 she will star alongside Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'Em Up.

Though her primary focus is now acting, Bellucci still models now and then. She made a nude calendar for the Italian magazine Max in 1998 and another one for Italian GQ in 2000. She also appeared in a television commercial for Dolce & Gabbana.

Bellucci married actor Vincent Cassel in 1999 and they have one daughter together, Deva Cassel (born September 12, 2004 in Rome, Italy).
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"I could never live there [Hollywood]. They are obsessed with youth and beauty even more than us. There is this thing in America where actresses reach 40 and go mad. The film industry wants all these young people. They also like a different sort of woman (to me). I will never be skinny. I also had a child a year ago, and I have been lazy. I love to eat. Who cares? I am natural."

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