Born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, Monica Anna Maria Bellucci originally pursued a career in the legal profession.
Although enjoying great success as a model, she made her acting debut on television in 1990, and her American film debut in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Her role in the French thriller The Apartment (1996), shot her to stardom as she won the French equivalent of an Oscar nomination. Other credits include Malèna (2000), Under Suspicion (2000) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001).
She appeared in a black and white TV commercial for Dolce & Gabbana. The director was Giuseppe Tornatore, who also directed her in the movie Malèna (2000).
Fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish. Daughter-in-law of Jean-Pierre Cassel. Made a nude calendar for the Italian magazine Max in 1998 and another one for the Italian magazine GQ in 2000.
Was originally cast as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. The part then went to Peta Wilson. Studied jurisprudence for a short time. Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a daughter Deva Cassel on September 12, 2004. Child's father is her now estranged 2nd husband, Vincent Cassel.
She was elected the most beautiful woman in the world by French viewers on a television show "La Plus belle femme du monde" on November 8, 2004. Also a successful fashion model represented by Elite and Storm Model Management. Favourite poem is "A Silvia" by Giacomo Leopardi. Has her look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988). She ranked #6 in Maxim's '50 Sexiest Women' (1999). She ranked #9 in Maxim's '100 Sexiest Women' (2002).
She ranked #1 in Askmen's 'Most Desirable Woman' (2002). Italian citizen. Favorite movie is A Special Day (1977) by Ettore Scola. Her role as "Chantal Hearst" in Under Suspicion (2000) was held by Romy Schneider in the original film, Garde à vue (1981). Owns an apartment in London, England. Doesn't always live with her husband Vincent Cassel, for avoiding routine, the two live in separate apartments. she lives most of the time in Rome and he lives in Paris.
Bellucci is a typical surname from center Italy, it comes from the Latin word "Bellutus", and has the same root as surnames like Belluto, Belluti, Belluzzo, Belluccio, or the aristocratic surname of Belluzzi. She speaks to her daughter Deva Cassel in Italian. She has said in an interview that Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale have inspired her acting career. Ranked as #89 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005) Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 Supports the Italian football team. Has a wax statue in the Grevin Museum in Paris. Her parents are Luigi Bellucci and Maria Gustinelli. She's an only child.
Ranked #5 on E! Entertainment Networks list of "101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies" list of 2006. Attended University of Perugia. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#35). . Her best friend is Ilaria D'Amico. Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 45, a daughter Léonie Cassel on May 21, 2010. Child's father is her now estranged 2nd husband, Vincent Cassel. Was four months pregnant with her daughter Léonie when she completed filming The Whistleblower (2010). Returned to work five months after giving birth to her daughter Deva in order to begin filming How Much Do You Love Me? (2005).
I feel-My body is so important to me... my face, my arms, my legs, my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have.
When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life.
I come from a Catholic religion, but I'm not Catholic."I didn't have familiarity with children. I'm learning day after day, with her. And what impress me the most is that she, Deva, is an individual person. But in miniature, she seems to be a special effect."
The human intelligence has progressed at the technological level; not a the level of feelings.
It is a handicap if you're stupid, but not if you are intelligent and know how to use your beauty.I feel fine and comfortable with myself, but not because I'm beautiful. I know many beautiful people and their lives are just so terrible. They feel so uncomfortable with themselves. Being comfortable is not about what you look like, but how you feel. I'm a lucky person because I've been loved a lot. I have a great family.