Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, also known as Monica Vitti is a Roman actress, director, and writer, recognized for her roles in the films L’Avventura (1960), Red Desert (1964), and L’Eclipse (1962). In addition, she has appeared in the comedy movies mostly directed by Mario Monicelli. The Roman actress won five David di Donatello Awards, seven Italian Golden Globes and honored by many other awards.
Monica was born on November 3, 1931, in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She belongs to Italian nationality and her birth sign is Scorpio. She is of the white ethnic group. As for her parents, no information is available.
The Roman actress had a keen interest in acting since childhood. As for education, she graduated from Rome’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts in acting in 1953. She also attended at the Pittman’s College.
The roman actress married Roberto Russo, a Roman director, writer along with experience in camera and electrical department. He is best known for Flirt (1983), Francesca E mia (1986), and Secret Scandal (1990).
The couple lived together for 20 years before matrimony. The two started dating since 1975 and got married in 1995. They are together ever since and from this, we know that they are made for each other.
Before the relationship with Roberto, Monica was the muse of director Michelangelo Antonioni. The pair met in the late 1950s and the relationship became intense after the movie L’Aventura and both were together until the late 1960s. Soon after, they parted their ways.
The gorgeous actress is diagnosed with Alzheimer disease in 2011. She had been out of public for the last 15 years and according to her husband, she is living in Rome with a caretaker.
With over 35 years of professional career, Vitti must have accumulated a decent amount of net worth. However, the exact amount is still under review. Her main source of income is from the movies.
The average salary of an actress ranges from $4,007 to $21,028 per month in the time period between 1960 to 1990. So, together with husband, the couple's wealth must be roughly $100k to $1 million.
The beautiful actress made film debut through Ridere Ridere Ridere which released in 1954. She also appeared in films such as Adriana Lecouvreur (1955) and also worked in the TV series L’alfiere which aired in 1956.
Her turning point in the entertainment industry was when she got the contract to play in Antonioni's L’avventura as a lead role in 1960. The film won various awards and Vitti was praised internationally.
The Roman actress’s first international movie was Modesty Blaise, a British comedy spy film which released in 1966. Moreover, she also appeared in the British TV series James Bond alongside Terence Stamp and Dirk Bogarde in 1965.
In 1973, Vitti worked in Alberto Sordi’s film Polvere di stella (1973) for which she received David di Donatello award for Best Actress. She continued to appear in many films.
Furthermore, Monica also played in her husband’s movie Flirt which released in 1983. She also tried to write the script and successfully directed the film titled Sandalo Segreto in 1990.
The Roman actress was given tribute at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, in France in 1993.
Monica Vitti is a Roman actress known for the movie Antonioni's L’avventura in the early 1960s.
She stands at a tall height of 5 feet 7 inches.
Roberto Russo is her husband.
Her net worth ranges from $100k to $1 million.