Celebrities

Friday, August 14th, 2015
italian movie legends
  The world of acting stretches far beyond the sound stages of Beverly Hills and picturesque film locations across Europe. Many of the world's most famous and well-known actors and actresses are of Italian descent, but here are a few Italian-born contributors who have added their flair to the world's entertainment catalog along with some impressive achievements.   Sofia Loren in the late 1950s (wikiwatcher1/wikimedia)   Giancarlo Giannini Born August 1, 1942 in La
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
emilio fede
Emilio Fede   The younger generations see Emilio Fede as an anchorman who is able to deviate from just telling the news. Nowadays, Fede is known more as a showman and comedian, than a journalist. The truth is, however, that Emilio Fede has a long history in journalism and is one of Italy’s newsmen with the lengthiest career. In the 1970s Fede, along with colleagues like Massimo Valentini, were predominant figures at Tg1 (or TeleGiornale 1, the news at one of Italy’s state-run
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Beppe Grillo
Beppe Grillo on stage   Beppe Grillo is one of the most recognized and probably most talented Italian stand up comedian. For almost 40 years he has entertained the Italian public through every media, and some of his most memorable performances entered the history of Italian popular culture. Grillo represents the classical satirical actor: hedgy, often attacking the system, an attitude that led him to slowly transfer from comedy to politics, becoming a very important blogger and
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
sabina guzzanti
Sabina Guzzanti at Cannes for her movie Draquila   The Guzzanti family has truly become a public affair within Italian society, as each member is somehow a public figure and is allowed to speak and appear pretty much at any condition they demand. Sabina is the daughter of Paolo, a prominent journalist and politician, who after many years of supporting Silvio Berlusconi, decided to leave the party. Paolo's political affiliation created a very interesting scenario, as Sabina built
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
giovanni falcone
  Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino   Not many people have the courage to stand up for their ideals and fight for the better interests of society, but Giovanni Falcone, along with his friend Paolo Borsellino, is certainly one who has. Born in Palermo in May of 1939, Falcone would go on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Palermo and become an Italian magistrate seen as a hero in the Italian fight against the mafia. Due to his drive and actions, Falcone will
Friday, July 24th, 2015
luca cordero di montezemolo
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (Ph. from Wikipedia)   Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is one of Italy's elite businessmen, successful and powerful and very well connected. From a noble Italian family, Montezemolo is a driver of fancy cars (and even a pro race car driver in some smaller races) who was groomed by the Agnellis and Fiat. While many have wondered whether Montezemolo's success came from his connections or his own abilities, it is likely that the truth is somewhere in
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
sergio marchionne
  Sergio Marchionne. Ph. Ricardo Stuckert/PR-Agencia Brasil   Born in Italy in 1952, this manager, who apparently arrived from nowhere with a background in philosophy and was brought to Fiat as CEO by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has become one of the most important figures not only in the Italian economy, but in the world. Marchionne took a very different approach in turning around the fate of Fiat, which seemed to be doomed before his arrival. He made the company a self-
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
daria bignardi
  Daria Bignardi (photo from Wikipedia)   What strikes the most about Daria Bignardi are her versatility and her incredibly young looks, despite the fact that she has been on Italian television for over two decades. She was able to move from hosting the number one edition of Big Brother to become a perfect interviewer, and has worked with all major networks. Over time, with hard work and a certain tough attitude that characterizes her, Daria was able to gain recognition and
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
pietro taricone
  Pietro Taricone and fiancee Kasia Smutniak   While Pietro Taricone didn't win the first edition of "Big Brother," he won Italian hearts the moment he stepped on screen.   The first edition of the Italian version of the "Big Brother" hit the airwaves in 2000 and proposed a dramatic shift in TV broadcasting, probably second only to the advent of color. The show was the first of all reality shows, and proposed the new tv concept of unscripted, non edited tv
Friday, July 17th, 2015
sexy italian women
 Italy's Sexiest Women   Italy is not only famous for its thousand-year old culture, its delicious food and the amazing landscape, but also for the mediterranean beauty of its women.   Italy's sexiest women all come from the television business. In most cases, they started off their careers as showgirls/dancers in popular tv programmes. This phenomenon has become such a custom in Italy that these girls were given particular names after the programmes from veline to letterine, to
Friday, July 17th, 2015
valentino rossi
Valentino Rossi (Photo from Wikipedia)   Valentino Rossi is a name synonymous with excellence on the motorbike track. Born in 1979, Rossi is already a legend in his sport and has shown a great talent for handling motorbikes from a very early age. Rossi's true debut in the World Championship Class 125 was made in 1996, when he won his first race. A year later the racer joined the Aprilia team and won his first world title. In 1998 Rossi started racing in the 250 class and that year
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
francesco totti
  Francesco Totti   "Il Capitano" (The Captain) is the nickname that Francesco Totti goes by among the supporters of A.S. Roma, but others in the soccer world often refer to him, in a mostly friendly manner, as "Er Pupone" (The Big Baby). Whatever you want to call Totti, one thing is certain, he is one of the best to ever have played the game of soccer (calcio). Born in Rome in 1976 and raised there, Totti grew up in the ranks of the A.S. Roma team and has only played
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
  Brittany Murphy - Ph. Rob & Jules on wikimedia   Many will remember Brittany Murphy from her tragic death, and the equally shocking passing of her husband not long after in similar circumstances. Still, fans of Brittany Murphy know that the actress also left behind a different kind of legacy—a resume of movies that touched and amused audiences even if her career was not yet fully developed. Brittany’s family name is Bertolotti, a clear reference to her Italian heritage,
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini in 1968. Ph. Jac. de Nijs on wikimedia    Giacomo Agostini (b. Brescia 1942) is a legend in Italy for having won the most motorbike championships in history: a total of 15. These astonishing result arrived after winning 123 races. These numbers are doubly astonishing when one realizes that he raced in more than one category (and competed in more than one during the same season).   A true gentleman, Agostini recalls loving motors and racing
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
simona ventura
Simona Ventura (Photo from Wikipedia)   Simona Ventura stole the scene in Italian television, becoming a famous name and a bankable host for the networks. Ventura started her career with small appearances on local TV stations, like most in the business. Her first break came when she started working at Mediaset, and her public image gained more national exposure, exporting her from her native Turin. At Mediaset, she had some interesting jobs and developed as a host. She
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  The doe eyed Italian model born in 1980, Mariacarla Boscono, is quickly moving up the ranks of the fashion industry, playing the muse of Givency, working the cover of Vogue and gliding down the runways of Versace during Fashion Week. She became the first to pick up one of the contracts Kate Moss lost after the paparazzi drug fiasco when she took the place as the face for Stella McCartney's highly publicized H&M collection. Her ascent to supermodel stardom has included
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  Sofia Coppola. Ph. Thierry Garcia on wikicommons   When Sofia Coppola got married for the second time she chose a place that was quite significant, a clear message of just how much her family and its history has played an important role in the writer/director's life. For her wedding in August 2011 the Oscar winner chose the Italian town of Bernalda, the birthplace of her grandparents, as the site of her nuptials to rocker Thomas Mars, the father of her two
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  Christina Ricci. Ph. Danielle Belton on flickr   Although she carries an Italian name, this former child star born in Santa Monica in 1980 actually doesn't consider herself Italian at all, preferring her Scottish/Irish heritage. However, her looks and name testify to the Italian side of her. In any case, Ricci is a talented actress, regardless of her roots and ethnicity.       She started acting at a young age, acting in many movies such as Mermaids with
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Al Bano and Romina Power
Al Bano and Romina perform at the 1976 Eurovision (Nationaal Archief/wikimedia)    Al Bano e Romina Power are one of the most famous duo in Italian music: they delivered wonderful songs, but also embodied for many a decade a magnificent love. When the couple met, in 1967, Al Bano was a young, talented Italian singer, who had just won "Un Disco per l'Estate" with "Nel Sole;" Romina was the beautiful daughter of Hollywood heart-throb Tyrone Power and famous actress Linda
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
monica bellucci
  She stripped naked to protest against harsh laws restricting IVF in Italy which are based on Catholic principles, has no qualms about appearing nude, and is an agnostic, yet  Monica Bellucci agreed to star in Mel Gibson's very Catholic movie, The Passion of the Christ (2004).   An intense portrait of Monica Bellucci (jingdianmeinv/flickr)   The beautiful, free-spirited Italian actress was born on September 30, 1964 in the village of Città
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
  Italy is by many considered a very romantic country, where people decide to spend time with their partner. Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers, some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
carla bruni
   Carla Bruni Sarkozy on the catwalk in her youth and today Ph. flickr/Hot Gossip Italia   Carla Bruni has worn a lot of hats in her life: heiress, supermodel, singer, mother and First Lady among them. Famous for her good looks, natural talent, and a penchant for dating equally well known men, Bruni-Sarkozy is something of a force of nature. After marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy following a whirlwind courtship, the world watched as the Italian model settled into her new role,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Asia Argento Born in Rome on September 20, 1975, Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento's life has never been without controversy or drama. The local registry office would not acknowledge her as Asia due to a law remaining from Mussolini's Fascist Italy in which no child could be named after a foreign country or continent. She was therefore, re-named Aria. The independent actress prefers to use her original name; however. Asia is the daughter of famed Italian horror filmmaker, Dario Argento
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Maria De Filippi: The Queen of Italian Television   Photo Courtesy of mariadefilippi.mediaset.it American TV has personalities like Oprah and Barbara Walters, women who have become household names while ruling the airwaves. One of the Italian equivalents would be Maria De Filippi--blonde, long-limbed and husky voiced, she is one of the indisputable queens of Italian TV. Perhaps not as refined and traditionally sexy as compatriots like Milly Carlucci, De Filippi is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italians have left their mark in many fields. From acting to directing, from modelling to photography, from architecture to the many, many, many artists that were born on Italian soil and graced the world with their genius. As Madonna, proud of her Italian heritage, said "Italians do it better". And "it" can really mean a lot of things. Please see more about Italian-American Celebrities The fame of many Italian celebrities has gone beyond the national borders and they are known and admired
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Franco Battiato (Photo from wikipedia) One can sense the scent of the Mediterranean in Battiato's music, as if the captive emotions and energy of his native Sicily, had been released by it. A cross-culture land of many natural and historical beauties, Sicily finds in his music a strong means to express itself. The interesting aspect of Battiato's art is the fact his sounds are not typically Sicilian at all, but they still fully convey this amazing island's essence, mélanged with the sounds of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiorello (Photo from Wikipedia) Fiorello is one amazing showman. He started in Italian resorts as an entertainer for tourists, but his natural talent didn't take very long to show. He turned quickly into a television phenomenon - he was hired by the private networks to host a karaoke live show that toured throughout Italy. This gave Fiorello incredible exposure, but also the flexibility to try out different aspects of his talent such as dancing, singing, and hosting. This experience was the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Piero Chiambretti (Photo from zimbio.com) Piero Chiambretti is one of the most bizarre characters on Italian television, as his comedy style has distinguished him as a very "out of the box" host, upfront and at times quite graphic. In recent years, his style has morphed into a more sexually oriented form of standup, although he still managed to maintain high tv ratings. He is most capable of leading a conversation on his terms and, more than anything else, he can be truly candid with his
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Augusto Minzolini (Photo from Repubblica.it) The life and personal history of Augusto Minzolini have become of a certain interest in recent years, as well as rather controversial. As any journalist, Minzolini has friends as well as enemies, many of whom have to do with politics, a common theme in the modern world, and definitely in Italy. Minzolini began his career as a highly regarded journalist, working with some of the best papers and editors. Indeed, no less than the newspaper La Stampa
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Linus (Photo from wikipedia) Gigi D'Agostino A career that began in the nightclubs of Turin allowed Gigi D'Agostino to learn how to entertain his audience by understanding how they danced and what they wanted to dance on.  During those early days, D'Agostino was also able to get a handle on the rhythm that was becoming trendy and used it to shape his style, truly moving through the underground world to the radio, rather than the other way around. Despite his underground roots D'Agostino often
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Gianni Agnelli with a young Lapo Elkann Lapo Elkann is the grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, l'Avvocato (The Attorney), the undisputed king of the Italian twentieth century jet set. To be an Agnelli is a difficult challenge, especially in a culture such as the Italian, where social status is still very important. The Agnelli are what the Kennedy are to the United States, an un-crowned royal family that sets the tone for an entire nation.   Lapo and his brother John are symbols of the new
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Gina Lollobrigida "A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot," Italian actress, Gina Lollobrigida once said. (Thinkexist.com) Most men would think that the 'Italian Sex Goddess', famous for her sultry looks and curvaceous figure was hot at any age. The only one who she failed to capture was Rock Hudson who 'fell asleep' when they became intimate, she told television interviewer, Larry King. 'It happens,' Lollobrigida said. The stunning actress, nicknamed 'Lollo', a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Men: Sensual Artists, Sailors and … Charmers   Stefano Accorsi and his girlfriend French supermodel Laetitia Casta Is there a crisis in the myth of sexy Italian male? Handsome, muscular, black curls and extremely well dressed, it seems in decline, an image of the past, a yellowed picture that comes out of a drawer. Yet for years the myth has been fed by figures, names and faces Alessandro Gassman have been carved into the world's collective vision. The image of a man beautiful and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rocco Siffredi (Photo from Wikipedia) Rocco Siffredi, the Italian stud who rivals female porn stars of the caliber of Moana Pozzi, Stoya, Sasha Grey and Cicciolina, has changed the adult film industry by drawing attention to its male stars. Siffredi seems to have no limits and he enjoys his sex performances as much as he loves to get paid for them. He started as an actor in small porn films, but his "size" and very aggressive attitude made him a superstar. His videos are among the most sought
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Renzo Arbore (Photo from Wikipedia) Renzo Arbore is one of the most unusual characters in Italian show business, a man who took irony, music and mixed them into an incredible way of communicating. Arbore started on the radio with his memorable duets with Gianni Boncompagni, but most will remember him for his efforts on television. At the end of the 1970s, he revolutionized Italian TV with the show "L'altra Domenica" (The Other Sunday), which was broadcast on the second public
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Maurizio Costanzo (Photo by biografieonline.it) Maurizio Costanzo is one of the most well-known people in Italy, a legend of Italian television. While his profile has declined in recent years, the presence of his wife Maria De Filippi has only increased. Here we'll take a closer look at Costanzo, a complex and controversial public figure, who seems to have devoted his life to entertaining the masses. Maurizio Costanzo's career began at RAI, as did the careers of the majority of his
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Marco Travaglio is one of the most controversial journalists in Italy, known for a brash, know-it-all style as well as his staunch position against the government. Travaglio, joined by colleague Michele Santoro, has also gained a reputation as someone in the media who cashes in on others' suffering. Marco started to gain recognition when he started at Il Giornale with Indro Montanelli, however when Silvio Berlusconi's family took ownership of the paper, Travaglio left after disagreeing with the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Molella (Photo from Rockol.it) Claudio Cecchetto definitely deserves the number one spot as he's the one who started it all, revolutionizing the concept of the deejay in Italy and at the same time creating commercially valuable ways to get music to younger generations. Aside from being a DJ, Cecchetto is also a very successful television host, a medium for which he showed a particular talent. Cecchetto created Radio Dee Jay, one of the most successful radio stations in Italy, as well as Radio
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Enrico Mentana (photo from Wikipedia) Enrico Mentana is a brilliant Italian anchorman, probably the first one to introduce the concept of "hosting" the news rather than just reading it, a concept very popular in the United States, but relatively unknown to Italian Television until the late 1980s. Mentana, still very young at the time, was recognized as a prepared journalist when he debuted on the primetime Tg1 (TeleGiornale 1), historically the most important news in Italy
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Serena Grandi Serena Grandi was born Serena Faggioli on March 23, 1958 in the town of Bologna, Italy. This Italian bombshell with the voluptuous measurements 39.5- 23.5 - 39.5 was once voted the sexiest woman in Italy. She is often referred to as the Italian Dolly Parton due to the ample size of her bosom. Ms. Grandi has appeared in a variety of films, including the soft core erotic thrillers of Tinto Brass. She is not afraid to show some skin. Her beauty - and her bosom - is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Australian Model is one of Italy's favorite citizens   Megan Gale Described as 'Italy's hottest star since Sophia Loren', stunningly beautiful Australian model, Megan Gale, divides her time between Australia and Italy. Although she is well-known in Australia she doesn't find it too difficult to obtain some privacy but in Italy the young model is mobbed on the street every time she appears. She is loved and regarded as a goddess in Italy and needs tough looking bodyguards to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Gerry Scotti (Photo from Wikipedia) Gerry Scotti is probably the TV host best able to merge the classic ways of entertaining mass audiences while still meeting the needs of modern audiences and without stooping to vulgarity and cheap tricks to keep ratings high. He started very young and soon enough joined Canale 5, Silvio Berlusconi's main network. Scotti at first took on the role of hosting shows geared toward a teenage audience, but it was not long before the doors of prime time TV opened
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ezio Greggio (Photo from movieplayer.it) From cabaret to stardom, Ezio Greggio has perfected the art of being in show business, finding success without compromising his private life. Greggio owes a great deal to Antonio Ricci, the author of many live hit shows on Italian television, and the 80s hit "Drive In." The show was full of sexy and cutting edge comic gags that brought  a different dimension to Italian television. Many have accused the show of being the beginning of the end--and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Milly Carlucci (Photo from wikipedia.com) Classy, elegant, and always within the lines of propriety, Milly Carlucci is a true lady of the screen. Carlucci started as an actress in films, but soon revealed a special skill for television, one that led her to become one of the most important hosts in the history of Italian tv. In the spotlight for over 25 years, Carlucci continues to be successful, garnering high ratings with primetime shows. She is not only talented, she is also a very
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Roberto Saviano with his book Gomorrha Roberto Saviano is probably one of the most discussed Italian writers since Umberto Eco and his Il Nome della Rosa. His book, Gomorra, published in 2006, has created much controversy, and is a very strong stand against the camorra -- a mafia-like criminal organization operating near Naples -- that forced Saviano to live under constant protection. In addition to the novel, a film shortly followed, making the author's popularity soar. The controversy
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fabrizio Frizzi (Photo from cinetivu.com) There are certain people who, even with success and money, don't really change or deviate from their original nature. These people seem to consider being a public figure an honor, so they respectfully steer their careers toward a positive image, somehow refined and respectful of their audiences. Fabrizio Frizzi is without a doubt a fine  example of it, classic and always elegant. Many accuse him of not being cutting edge and trendy, but his style
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Paolo Bonolis is the biggest star Italian television can offer at the moment. It all started around 35 years ago when a very young Bonolis, alongside a very young Licia Colò, was called to host the kids' TV container show Bim Bum Bam, a major hit and one of the most successful runs in children television. The show indeed went on for several years and it prepared Bonolis to become a complete showman.   One of his strongest qualities has always been his tremendous flexibility and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Comedian-Actor-Director, Screenplay Writer, Producer and Author   Roberto Benigni He is an award winner of the 2000 European Film Academy Award for European Achievement in World Cinema and in 1999 he won the German Film Award for best foreign film for 'Life is Beautiful.' In 1999 he won the Goya for best European film again for 'Life is Beautiful,' and then won the American Comedy Award for the funniest Actor in a Motion Picture for 'Life is Beautiful one more time.' His
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Silvio Berlusconi (Photo from Wikipedia) Since an early stage in life Silvio Berlusconi has shown a very entrepreneurial attitude, as the legend says that he used to sell his homework and exams to his classmates, but if they didn't get a passing grade, he'll reimburse the money. This is the first of many stories that go along Berlusconi's life, some are true and some fake, some created by his enemies and some created by himself for publicity. The truth is that when dealing with a person of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
He is one of the most interesting phenomena on Italian television, the host of a very late-night talk show, offering long, deep, and personal interviews that close the day's programming on the major Italian network, Rai Uno. He is an interesting phenomenon because Marzullo is not your traditional TV host. He is not funny but rather serious, someone with the ability to engineer some really nice interviews, although he often softballs his guests with questions that are very easy to answer.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Platinette's popularity took off after her appearances on the Maurizio Costanzo Show, a well-known night time talk show that launched many talents. Platinette never spared irony and spicy comments, rapidly grasping the attention of the audience while breaking into a conservative world that once only gave space to handsome men and nice looking girls. Maurizio gave a voice to a segment of society that had been largely silent on the public stage. Coruzzi's genius, and a large part of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
<span><span>Flavio Briatore in 2008 ( wikipedia) </span></span> Everybody tries, many fail, very few succeed. Flavio Briatore definitely falls in the latter category, his life an almost perfect depiction of Cinderella's tale. A self made man, who started from nowhere and created a well recognized public position for himself, as well as considerable wealth, Briatore has different faces and aspects to his personality. To the masses, he is an Italian playboy, who enjoys
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Marisa Tomei (Photo from wikipedia) One Oscar under her belt and two more nominations, the film and show business industry has reserved a special place for this pretty lady from NY. The role that brought her to the public eye was as the co-star of Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny", where she won the Oscar for her performance as a New Jersey girl trapped in Alabama, following her boyfriend around during his first trial as a lawyer. The film is hilarious, and Marisa delivers a masterful performance
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mike Bongiorno (Photo from Wikipedia) "Allegria!": this was the word that Mike Bongiorno used to open his quiz shows for over half of a century. Mike Bongiorno was one of the undisputed fathers of Italian television. Born in New York City and an active supporter of the allies during World War II, his early life was spent between America and Italy, and in this spirit he started importing shows from American TV to Italy. His version of popular American hit "The Quiz Show," translated into "
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (Photo from androkonos.com) The history of the Savoia family, and its relationship with Italy, is long and complicated, and both positive and negative. The House of Savoia is the former Royal House of Italy, which was responsible for the unification of Italy 151 years ago. At the beginning, the vision of the Savoia's was strong, but unfortunately towards the end of their dynasty, they were not as protective of the country and handled World War II in a way that
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Umberto Bossi (Photo from Wikipedia) Umberto Bossi is the leader of the Italian political party of the Northern League, or Lega Nord,  and a figure who rose to prominence in the political arena in the wake of the explosive political atmosphere of the 1990's. Bossi's rise to fame has brought about the concept of federalism, as well as the possibility of  changes in the party system in Italy. The "Senatur," as Bossi is known, used his skills to bring La Lega firmly into the public eye, by