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Maria Grazia Cucinotta


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Maria Grazia Cucinotta




Messina, Sicily, Italy



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5' 10Ż" (1.79 m)


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Maria Grazia Cucinotta - Biography


Maria Grazia Cucinotta was born in Italy, in the Sicilian town of Messina, on July 27, 1969. Her good looks came early and, when she was 16, she started modeling on the catwalks of Milan. At that age, she was already voluptuous, which contrasted with the other models of the era.

Still, it was just a summer job for Maria and she left modeling behind when she graduated high school. In fact, she had never enjoyed modeling because her body did all the work and she was never required to use her head.

Her lifelong dream was to be an actress, so she auditioned for a part on the Renzo Arbore television show Indietro Tutta in Rome. She got the part as a sexy concubine, which triggered her acting career.

But considering the seemingly endless supply of gorgeous actresses in Italy, there was a lot of competition. Therefore, Maria began taking acting classes as well as elocution lessons to divest herself of her Sicilian accent. She also took the time to learn English.

A talent agency signed her and she continued making guest appearances on small programs and variety shows. She was having a hard time finding movie roles, so she turned to advertising. She started shooting TV commercials and became quite in demand in this field, eventually appearing in ads for Banca di Roma bank and Persol glasses.

It didn't take long for Maria to start meeting industry players who offered her movie parts. At first, they weren't really glamorous roles, but appearing in Viaggio d'amore (1990), Vacanze di Natale '90 (1990), and Abbronzatissimi 2 - un anno dopo (1993) allowed her to pad her resume.

After playing in the miniseries La Ragnatela in 1991, Maria met with renowned Italian actor/filmmaker Massimo Troisi, who was quite impressed with her talent. He gave her a part as the love interest in Il Postino (1994). Maria played a waitress with whom Troisi, a postman, is infatuated but too shy to approach until he starts bonding with a reclusive writer. Not only was this poetic love story an international blockbuster, but it also won dozens of awards, including an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score.

This was the kind of role Maria needed; it got her a fair amount of recognition. Producers started sending her movie scripts and she appeared in El Da de la bestia (1995), Leonardo Pieraccioni's successful I Laureati (1995), Il Sindaco (1996), Italiani (1996), and Camere da letto (1997).

Armed with a thicker resume, she made her way to the United States where she was offered a part in Frank Rainone's crime drama A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997), starring Danny Aiello, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Danza, and Jennifer Esposito. The film wasn't a huge hit, but it earned Maria a best actress award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

1998 was a busy year for Maria. Following work in La Seconda moglie and Ballad of the Nightingale with Michael and Virginia Madsen, she did two television movies: Il Quarto re and Padre pap. In 1999, she played an assassin trying to kill Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough. That same year, she made a guest appearance in an episode of The Sopranos.

After snatching the coveted lead role on Italian television's Maria Maddalena (2000), she was in Picking Up the Pieces (2000) with Sharon Stone and Woody Allen, and the Timothy Hutton comedy Just One Night (2000).

In 2001, she was in Stregati dalla luna, Strani accordi as well as the television movie Tommaso. In 2002, she joined the cast of the TV series Il Bello delle donne. Her sole project for 2003 was the television drama Marcinelle and, in 2004, she starred in Mariti in affitto, also known overseas as Rent-a-Husband, a comedy featuring Chevy Chase and Brooke Shields.

Maria has been married to businessman Giulio Violati since October 1995. They live in Rome and she does everything in her power to make sure tabloid reporters don't invade their privacy.


Maria Grazia Cucinotta - Filmography


The Coffin (2010) .... Allison (segment "Awakening")
The Museum of Wonders (2010) .... Grandmother
Dopo quella notte (2010) .... Psicanalista
Un giorno nella vita (2010)
L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo (2009) .... Marianna
La bella societÓ (2010)
Hostias (2010) .... Laura
Death of the Virgin (2009) .... Claudia
Fly Light (2009) .... Caterina
Viola di mare (2009) .... Agnese
Flores negras (2009) .... Martha
... aka Schwarze Blumen (Austria) (Germany)
"Taglia e cuci" (2008) TV series .... Sosia della Cucinotta
Io non ci casco (2008) .... Dottoressa Rosa
Vip (2008) (TV) .... Nancy Scalera di Mondragone
Onde corte (2008) .... Rebecca
Sweet Sweet Marja (2007) .... Katia
Last Minute Marocco (2007) .... Valeria
"Pompei" (2007) TV mini-series .... Lavinia
... aka Imperium: Pompei (International: English title: long title)
Uranya (2006) .... Uranya
"The Simpsons" .... Francesca (1 episode, 2005)
- The Italian Bob (2005) TV episode (voice) .... Francesca
All the Invisible Children (2005) .... Bartender (segment "Ciro")
... aka Les enfants invisibles (France)
Miracolo a Palermo! (2005) .... Sara
Mariti in affitto (2004) .... Maria Scocozza
... aka Our Italian Husband (USA)
Vaniglia e cioccolato (2004) .... Penelope
Marcinelle (2003) (TV) .... Santina
... aka Inferno Below (International: English title)
"Il bello delle donne" .... Rosy Fumo (4 episodes, 2002)
... aka Il bello delle donne 2 (Italy: second season title)
... aka Il bello delle donne 3 (Italy: third season title)
- Aprile (2002) TV episode .... Rosy Fumo
- Marzo (2002) TV episode .... Rosy Fumo
- Febbraio (2002) TV episode .... Rosy Fumo
- Gennaio (2002) TV episode .... Rosy Fumo
Strani accordi (2001) .... Giulia
Gli amici di Ges¨ - Tommaso (2001) (TV) .... Maria Maddalena
... aka Close to Jesus (USA: DVD box title)
... aka The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (USA)
Stregati dalla luna (2001) .... Miria
Just One Night (2000) .... Aurora
Gli amici di Ges¨ - Maria Maddalena (2000) (TV) .... Maria Maddalena
... aka Close to Jesus (USA: video box title)
... aka Jesus-Legenden: Maria Magdalena (Germany)
... aka Mary Magdalene (USA)
... aka The Friends of Jesus: Mary Magdalene (USA)
Picking Up the Pieces (2000) .... Desi
"L'avvocato Porta" (1997) TV series .... Lucia (1999)
The World Is Not Enough (1999) .... Cigar Girl
... aka T.W.I.N.E. (UK: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Twine (International: English title: promotional abbreviation)
"The Sopranos" .... Isabella (1 episode, 1999)
- Isabella (1999) TV episode .... Isabella
In punta di cuore (1999) (TV) .... Lucia
... aka Nouvelle vie, nouvelle donne (France)
La seconda moglie (1998) .... Anna
... aka The Second Wife
"Wildside" .... Lawyer (1 episode, 1998)
- Episode #1.37 (1998) TV episode .... Lawyer
Padre papÓ (1998) (TV) .... Luisa
... aka Die Geliebte und der Priester (Germany)
Ballad of the Nightingale (1998) .... Alina
Il quarto re (1997) (TV) .... Izhira
... aka Die 4 heiligen K÷nige (Germany)
... aka Die heiligen vier K÷nige (Germany)
... aka The Fourth King (International: English title)
Solomon (1997) (TV) .... Abishag
... aka Die Bibel - Salomon (Germany)
... aka Salomone (Italy)
Sicilia (1997) .... Woman
Camere da letto (1997) .... Maddalena
Il decisionista (1997) .... Il giornalista
A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997) .... Gabriela
La signora della cittÓ (1996) (TV) .... Rosa Minniti
... aka Witness Run (International: English title)
Il sindaco (1996)
... aka The Mayor (International: English title)
Italiani (1996) .... Maria/Donatella
El dÝa de la bestia (1995) .... Susana
... aka Il giorno della bestia (Italy)
... aka The Day of the Beast
"Alta societÓ" (1995) TV mini-series
... aka Surviving at the Top
I laureati (1995) .... Letizia
... aka Graduates
Il postino (1994) .... Beatrice Russo
... aka Il Postino: The Postman (UK) (USA)
... aka Le facteur (France)
Abbronzatissimi 2 - un anno dopo (1993) .... Inserviente hotel
Cominci˛ tutto per caso (1993) .... Possession
... aka It All Started by Chance
... aka La dove volano gli attici (Italy)
Alto rischio (1993) .... Olga
... aka High Risk
"La ragnatela" (1991) TV mini-series
"Andy e Norman" (1991) TV series
Viaggio d'amore (1990)
... aka Journey of Love
Vacanze di Natale '90 (1990) .... Arabella
... aka Christmas Vacation '90


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