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Date of Birth 15 May 1915Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
Date of Death 29 November 2010Rome, Lazio, Italy  (suicide)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mario Monicelli was born on May 15, 1915 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for For Love and Gold (1966), Il marchese del Grillo (1981) and Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Spouse (2)

Chiara Rapaccini (? - ?) (separated) (1 child)
Antonella Salerni (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 687-692. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
His movies Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Great War (1959) and The Girl with a Pistol (1968) were Oscar-nominate for "Best Foreign Language Film".
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1982.
His father Tomaso Monicelli was a novelist and an editor.
Has three daughters; Martina (b.1967), Ottavia (b.1974) and Rosa (b.1988).
Son of writer/production manager Tomaso Monicelli, brother of writers Franco Monicelli, Mino Monicelli and Furio Monicelli.
He attended the University of Milan, where he studied history. While a student, he directed a 16mm feature film which won a prize at the 1935 Venice Film Festival.
Monicelli died on November 29, 2010 at the age of 95, after committing suicide by jumping from a window of the San Giovanni hospital in Rome, where he was admitted a few days earlier for prostate cancer.
In Rome, Italy where an exhibit on his life's work will soon be presented in Cinecitta. [May 2009]
He visited Argentina as guest at Mar del Plata International Film Festival. [March 2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

The themes that make one laugh always stem from poverty, hunger, misery, old age, sickness, and death. These are the themes that make Italians laugh, anyway.

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