Nicoletta Braschi

Active - 1986 - 2005  |   Born - Apr 19, 1960 in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italia  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama, War

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Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx

Italian actress Nicoletta Braschi is best known to international audiences for her collaborations with her husband, actor and director Roberto Benigni, and with American director Jim Jarmusch. A fine-boned beauty with a particular talent for portraying long-suffering women, Braschi first worked with Benigni on his 1983 comedy Tu Mi Turbi. Three years later, she collaborated with both Benigni and Jarmusch on the latter's Down by Law, playing a woman who falls in love with an escaped con (Benigni). Braschi also starred in Jarmusch's Mystery Train (1989), in which she played an Italian woman trying to get the ashes of her dead husband back to Rome.

Braschi's two most successful collaborations with her husband have been Johnny Stecchino (1992) and La Vita รจ Bella (1997). The first, an Italian comedy that cast the actress as the girlfriend of a mobster (Benigni), was a huge hit in Italy, while the second, in which Braschi played the wife of an Italian Jew (Benigni) imprisoned in a concentration camp, was a lavishly praised success on both sides of the Atlantic that launched both Braschi and her husband into the international spotlight.

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  • Nel 1980 si è trasferita a Roma per studiare recitazione all'Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica.
  • Nello stesso anno ha conosciuto il suo futuro marito Roberto Benigni e debuttato a teatro con lo spettacolo Tutti al macello di Salvatore Cardone.
  • Dal 1983 ha iniziato la carriera al cinema recitando anche insieme a Roberto Benigni in molti suoi film.
  • Nel 1991 ha fondato la Melampo Cinematografica diventandone presidente.
  • Ha vinto un David di Donatello nel 1998 come miglior attrice non protagonista per il film Ovosodo di Paolo Virzì.
  • Nel 2012 è stata vittima di un incidente stradale che le ha lasciato una cicatrice sul volto.