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Beware of Monica Bellucci’s Enchanting Beauty

Monica Bellucci is an Italian and French actress and fashion model. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to earn money for school, and this led to her modeling career. In 1988, she moved to one of Europe’s fashion centers, Milan, and joined Elite Model Management.

 

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964, in Perugia, Italy. The daughter of a painter and a businessman, Monica grew up with dreams of becoming a lawyer — though it eventually became clear that her calling lay in the arts. She started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Monica modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia, but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies.

In 1988, Monica moved to one of Europe’s fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, she  made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes.

Monica’s film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L’Appartement. 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.

Though Monica is in her mid-40s, there’s little doubt that she remains one of the sexiest and alluring actresses working today. In 2008, Monica ranked at No. 22 on AskMen.com’s Top 99 list of Most Desirable Women and then moved up in the ranks in 2009, coming in at No. 18.

2010 is Monica’s most prominent year to date in English-language films, with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. She played Veronica, a sorceress and the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, Balthazar Blake.

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