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MONICA BELLUCCI (Veronica) was born and raised in Città di Castello in Umbria, Italy, and is one of the world's most recognizable and renowned actresses of our time.

Soon after starting her law studies at the University in Perugia at 18 years old, Bellucci's modeling career took off. Over the years, she has worked with such great photographers as Oliviero Toscani, Fabrizio Ferri, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon and Peter Lindberg. But her heart has always been in cinema as it gives her the chance to express herself fully. Her acting career started with an attention-grabbing small appearance in Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula.”

Today, she's a world-renowned actress who has worked with a collection of the most talented directors in the United States and Europe. Bellucci most recently appeared in the Golden Globe®–nominated foreign film "Baaria” directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and in Rebecca Miller's "Private Lives of Pippa Lee” with Robin Wright Penn, Keanu Reeves and Alan Arkin. In the United States, Bellucci has appeared in the action thriller "Shoot 'Em Up” with Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti; Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm” opposite Heath Ledger and Matt Damon; Spike Lee's "She Hate Me”; Mel Gibson's award-winning "Passion of the Christ”; "The Matrix Revolutions” and "The Matrix Reloaded,” directed by the Wachowski Brothers; and Antoine Fuqua's "Tears of the Sun” with Bruce Willis. Following "The Sorcerer's Apprentice,” she will be seen in "The Whistleblower” opposite Rachel Weisz and the late Vanessa Redgrave.

In Europe, Bellucci's film credits include "Don't Look Back,” costarring Sophie Marceau; Alain Corneau's "The Second Wind,” opposite Daniel Auteuil; "The Stone Council,” opposite Catherine Deneuve; "N,” in which she again teamed up with Daniel Auteuil; "Sheitan,” opposite Vincent Cassel; "How Much Do You Love Me,” costarring Gerard Depardieu; the critically acclaimed "Remember Me, My Love,” directed by Gabriele Muccino; Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible”; and Golden Globe®–nominated "Malena.”

Bellucci has been with French actor Vincent Cassel for 14 years and is the mother of their five-year-old daughter, Deva.

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