Monica Vitti was an Italian actress, born on November 3, 1931 in Rome, Italy, and died on February 2, 2021. She was a prominent figure in Italian cinema during the 1960s and 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Italian cinema.
Vitti began her acting career in the theater before making her film debut in the 1954 drama "Una donna libera." She rose to international prominence in the early 1960s through her collaborations with the director Michelangelo Antonioni, appearing in his films "L'avventura" (1960), "La notte" (1961), and "L'eclisse" (1962). Vitti's performances in these films were widely praised for her nuanced portrayals of complex and conflicted characters.
Throughout her career, Vitti worked with a variety of prominent directors, including Federico Fellini, Francesco Rosi, and Ettore Scola. She was known for her naturalistic acting style, which often conveyed a sense of emotional vulnerability and introspection.
In addition to her acting work, Vitti was also a fashion icon, known for her elegant and understated style both on and off the screen. She received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including four David di Donatello awards (the Italian equivalent of the Academy Awards) and a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in 1995.