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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 3 April 1958Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date of Death 8 July 2014Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameVanna Marie Bonta
Nicknames Angel Eyes
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Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Vanna Bonta is an American writer and actress known for her cameo as the superhero's mother (Zed's queen) in the fantasy classic The Beastmaster (1982), and for her work on Beauty and the Beast (1991), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), and The Universe (2007). She grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, Florence, Italy and the USA. She was born in the South and speaks fluent Italian, some French, and some Thai. She began her schooling in Thailand where she attended a British missionary school.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Vanna Bonta is an American writer and actress. She is known for poetic writing and performances that inspire wonder about everyday life. Though she is best known for flying in zero gravity on The Universe (2007), she won a global fan following with an appearance as the super-hero's young mother in The Beastmaster (1982). Her career as a working actor spans over two decades, primarily as a voice actor in popular feature films, notably (Beauty and the Beast (1991), and television.

In her early life, Bonta's cultural experiences branched worldwide from her American-Italian-Dutch ancestry. Her father, a military officer, was raised in a small town in the American south. Her mother, a fine art painter, was born and raised in Florence, Italy. Bonta traveled the world with her family, living in Thailand as a young girl for six years when her father was stationed there as a diplomat. Tuscany was a frequent stop for extended gatherings at the home of her grandfather, Luigi Ugolini.

Vanna attended an international school with children of many nationalities who practiced different religions. The experience fostered an understanding and interest in universal humanity, as well as an environment for learning four languages.

Both sides of her family tree, American of Dutch origin (paternal) and Italian (maternal), trace back to the 1600s.

The arts were central to Vanna Bonta's home life. She credits her mother for reading to her, and for nurturing creativity with piano, dance and art classes. At age six, Bonta started writing poetry and short fiction. Her first job at age eleven was playing piano for a ballet class. She once tweeted that her father inspired her to soldier on about her dreams. She was the first freshman to ever make the senior class play during high-school. She studied Drama, Photography, Journalism, Music in college. Soon after, she left home in Virginia near Washington D.C. for Hollywood. Besides working as a tap dance instructor, performing comedy skits, dance and improvisation in a cabaret, and giving poetry readings, she also danced in MTV videos, she soon won roles in features and television, and worked as a voice talent on major films and television while continuing to write.

Before Hollywood, Bonta modeled for two of the 20th century's greatest artists, Pietro Annigoni (a drawing portrait) and Frederick Hart (a the figure of "Woman" in the master work "Ex Nihilo," Gods creation, on the west portal of the Washington National Cathedral).

Contributions: Within a year of arriving in Hollywood, Vanna Bonta won the role of the hero's young mother in the fantasy classic feature film The Beastmaster (1982). Bonta's story "Somewhen" was picked up by Paramount for the first season development of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Her contributions often involve themes where science and the mystical meet.

Bonta's debut as a novelist with Flight: a quantum fiction novel (1995) won enthusiastic reviews and recognition from the American Library Association that called it "auspicious and genre-bending," and Publishers Weekly, which reviewed "Whatever 'quantum fiction' is we need more of it."

She performed numerous roles as a voice talent in feature films and television in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, with contributions to animation classics such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991), and science fiction movies and television such as Demolition Man (1993), The Twilight Zone (2002), and Children of Dune (2003).

A multifaceted talent and activist for innovation and literacy, she is also a proponent of space exploration and colonization. In 2009, she was invited by The Universe (2007) television series to test her invention, the 2Suit, a stabilizing flight garment, in microgravity. The History Channel documentary broke ground, opening what had previously been considered taboo to discuss, on the topic of human intimacy in space travel, exploration and the colonization of other worlds. It marked her second zero gravity flight.

One of her haiku is on a NASA spaceship to Mars. She was the recipient of the 2012 Brogi literary award for her essay "The Cosmos as a Poem." Her poetry has been read on NPR and is quoted on the popular television series Wilfred (2011).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ethan Mauricek

Spouse (2)

Allen Newcomb (2002 - 8 July 2014) (her death)
? (1987 - 1992) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Articulate, pleasant voice
Innocent strength
Classic looks
Soulful

Trivia (38)

Vanna Bonta modeled for "Woman" in the "Creation" statue by Fredrick Hart and David Hytla on the west portal of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, which former-President George Bush has described as combining "the permanence of stone and God.".
Via Luigi Ugolini in Maremma, Italy is named after her grandfather, an Italian poet and author.
Her family home was made a national monument to her grandfather in Tuscany. (1995)
Was given the medieval Tuscan name Vanna by her grandfather, Luigi Ugolini, after the girl in Dante's Vita Nuova.
Sat for legendary Florentine artist Pietro Annigoni, who gave her the portrait inscribed with a promise to sketch her every time she was in Florence.
Pietro Annigoni was the best man at her parents' wedding. The official portraitist to Queen Elizabeth II and John F. Kennedy was an artistic friend and longtime family friend of her fine artist mother.
Learned to swim as a child by leaping off an olympic height diving board because she didn't want to make the line behind her climb back down the ladder.
Spoke her first words at four months.
Was baptized on the exact spot as the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri in Florence, Italy.
Is married to a rocket scientist.
Wrote her first novel at age 11.
Has flown in zero gravity.
Favorite music: Matchbox 20, Moby, Lounge (18th Street), Moody Blues, Train, Smashmouth, Enya, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Enigma, Hotel Cotes, Space Tribe.
Her story "Somewhen" was purchased for the first season development of Star Trek: TNG.
Was named after the best friend of Beatrice, The Divine Comedy (Dante).
Her name is correctly pronounced Vah'-na.
An entry in the Northrop Grumman space competition 2007 Lunar Lander X-Prize was inspired by and named after the fictional spacecraft "Lauryad" in one of her novels.
Has a gold-cream dog (Chow Chow breed) named Sky and formerly had a blue Chow Chow named Seraph.
Admitted being fashion-challenged and wears paper clips as hair barrettes.
As a Hollywood newbie danced in MTV videos and did ghostwriting.
Plays piano and did her own piano playing and in the audio book version of her novel Flight.
Her grandfather Luigi Ugolini was also her godfather at a ceremony registered in Florence, Italy's medieval Baptistery.
The gallery of paintings in the music video "Home Is You" are all by her mother, Florentine turned US citizen painter Marialuisa Bonta.
A signed first edition of her controversial novel Flight sold for $580 in 2008.
Was cast in dental plaster for special effects needed in her role as Zed's Wife in The Beastmaster (1982).
Coined the literary genre "quantum fiction." (Publishers Weekly).
Had her dog's DNA mapped.
Invented the 2Suit, a garment for intimacy in microgravity environments and was filmed testing it in zero gravity on The Universe (2007).
Started as an artist's model at age 10.
Was considered for the role of Sheena (1984).
Collects writing instruments, from quill pens through several era typewriters.
Was known to send her mother flowers on her own birthday with thanks for having given her birth.
Donated her beloved dolls, toys and first typewriter to an elite toy museum.
Vanna Bonta was presented a literary award for poetry by the Italian writer Margherita Guidacci, who is credited with coining the English usage of the word "paparazzi."
A Vanna Bonta quotation from one of her poetry collections was used as the opening quote of an episode in Season 3 of the popular TV show, Wilfred (2011).
A haiku by Vanna Bonta was launched to the planet Mars on a NASA spaceship (MAVEN).
Coined the literary genre "quantum fiction".
Said she is allergic to red carpets.

Personal Quotes (18)

I didn't have a Barbie doll, so I played with eternity.
"I grew up eating lasagna and grits with soy sauce." - on her Italian, Kentucky parents and growing up in the Orient.
Life is a canvas of many strokes where shades from different palettes meet into a picture so concrete that some forget it is their own so become framed themselves.
It's weird how people who are the least close to me or who've never even met me purport to be experts on the real me; and then, sadly, there are those who could be in touch with me but prefer to gossip with strangers about me instead.
Greed is the lack of confidence of one's own ability to create.
'Impossible' is not a scientific term.
How enlightened is wearing God like some do Versace?
We can have a World War, I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have a World Party.
Atheism is a religion itself complete with fanatics and bigots.
If I were after fame I could've just unbuttoned my shirt.
One of the byproducts of sex is people.
Gossip can be entertaining, occasionally I've heard the most fascinating things about myself I never knew.
Fame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.
People who worship only themselves get a slick, polished look -- like monuments. Too bad they had to go so soon.
Money is only a human invention.
The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.
Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity.
Truth may sometimes hurt but delusion harms.

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