Monica Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria. Initially
pursuing a career as a lawyer, Monica decided to start modeling
in order to help pay for her tuition while at the University of
Perugia, but the glamorous lifestyle tempted Monica away from
her law studies.
Monica Bellucci speaks Italian, French, and English fluently and has acted in each of these languages, as well as Aramaic in The Passion of the Christ.
After Monica Bellucci's work in The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci was assumed by many fans to be a Christian. However in a documentary about the film, The Big Question, she stated: "I am an Agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings."
In 1988, Monica moved to one of Europe's fashion centers — Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, Monica Bellucci was becoming prominent as a model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French ELLE, amongst others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes.
Monica Bellucci is married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films and had a daughter, named Deva. In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter, Monica posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that allow only married couples to use in-vitro fertilization and that prevent the use of donor sperm.
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