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Franco Zeffirelli (1923–2019)


Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), La traviata (1982) and Hamlet (1990). He died on June 15, 2019 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. See full bio »

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(age 96) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Romeo and Juliet Director
(1968)
La traviata Production Designer
(1982)
Hamlet Director
(1990)
(1967)

Filmography

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  Great Performances at the Met (TV Series) (production - 4 episodes, 2008 - 2019) (production by - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2016) (directed for stage - 1 episode, 2008)
- Puccini: Turandot (2019) ... (production)
- Puccini: La Bohème (2018) ... (production)
- Puccini: Turandot (2016) ... (production by)
- Puccini: La bohème (2014) ... (production: original)
- Puccini: Turandot (2009) ... (production by)
 2010 Turandot (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2010/I Carmen (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2006/I Aida (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2004/II Madama Butterfly (TV Movie) (stage director)
 2003 La Bohème (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2003 Carmen (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2002 La traviata (TV Movie) (production)
 2001 Aida (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 2000 Don Giovanni (TV Movie) (directed for stage: Production)
 2000/II Tosca (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1998 Pagliacci (TV Movie) (opera director)
  The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series) (production - 7 episodes, 1978 - 1997) (stage director - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1994) (opera director - 1 episode, 1992) (production by - 1 episode, 1990) (directed for stage - 1 episode, 1978)
- Carmen (1997) ... (production)
- Pagliacci (1994) ... (stage director)
- Il Tabarro/Pagliacci (1994) ... (production: "Pagliacci")
- Falstaff (1992) ... (opera director) / (production)
- The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala (1991) ... (production: "Otello")
 1992 Don Carlo (TV Movie) (opera director)
 1987 Turandot (TV Movie) (stage production by)
 1979 La bohème (TV Movie) (staged by)
 1978 Un ballo in maschera (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1978 Carmen (TV Movie) (staged by)
 1977 Lorenzaccio (TV Movie) (directed for stage)
 1976 Otello (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1965 La Bohème (stage production)
 1964 Maria Callas at Covent Garden (TV Special documentary) (stage director: opera)
 1958 Don Giovanni (TV Movie) (stage director)
 1958 Tosca (TV Special) (stage director)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Luigi Pirandello's play, "Absolutely! (perhaps)," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Oliver Ford Davies, Joan Plowright, Darrell D'Silva, Barry Stanton, Sian Brooke, Anna Carteret, Gawn Grainger, and Jeffry Wickham in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

F. Zeffirelli

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on "Endless Love"] The initial screenplay was ruled overlong by our production execs, who insisted on whittling the script from nearly three hours down to roughly two hours. In doing so, alas, they removed only too much of what made it work in the first place. When I was in the editing room after shooting, I kept furiously asking myself, "How could I have let this happen - and *why* did I?" See more »

Trivia:

Received a Special 1962 Tony Award "for designs and direction of the Old Vic's 'Romeo and Juliet'." The following year, in 1963, he was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Scenic Designer for "The Lady of the Camellias." See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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