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‘Queen of Italian cinema’ Monica Vitti dies aged 90

Italian actress Monica Vitti — dubbed the queen of Italian cinema — has died aged 90, according to Italy’s minister of culture.

Italian actress Monica Vitti – dubbed the queen of Italian cinema – has died aged 90 due to complications from Alzheimers.

The five-time David di Donatello winner has been absent from public life since she was diagnosed with the illness in 2001.

Born Maria Luisa Ceciarelli in Rome, on 3 November 1931, Vitti soared to stardom as an Italian film icon in the 1960s with a unforgettable string performances in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, including ‘La Notte’ and ‘L’Eclisse’.

Her career later took her to international heights, culminating in a Silver Bear award for Italian-French drama ‘Flirt’ is at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1983.

The news was confirmed in a statement from Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.

“Farewell to Monica Vitti, farewell to the queen of Italian cinema. Today is a really sad day, a great artist and a great Italian disappeared,” he wrote.

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