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’.
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.