Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (Italian pronunciation: [marˈtʃɛllo mastroˈjanni]; 28 September 1924 – 19 December 1996) was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include: La Dolce Vita; ; La Notte; Divorce Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian Style; The 10th Victim; A Special Day; City of Women; Henry IV; Dark Eyes; and Everybody's Fine. His honours included British Film Academy Awards, Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and two Golden Globe Awards.

Marcello Mastroianni

Mastroianni in , 1963
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni

(1924-09-28)28 September 1924
Died19 December 1996(1996-12-19) (aged 72)
Years active1938–1996
Flora Carabella
(m. 1950; separated 1970)
Partner(s)Catherine Deneuve (1971–1975)
Anna Maria Tatò (1976–1996, his death)
Children2, including Chiara
RelativesRuggero Mastroianni (brother)

Early life

Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines in the province of Frosinone, Lazio, and grew up in Turin and Rome. His father Urbano Mastroianni worked as a carpenter. Mastroianni's mother Ida Irroles came from the middle-class Jewish family of Moissej and Malka Idelson. Ida's parents emigrated from Russia, she grew up in Hamburg with strangers, later came to Italy and married there. It was not until the 1980s that Marcello Mastroianni learned of his Jewish roots.[1] Mastroianni was a nephew of sculptor Umberto Mastroianni. During World War II, after the division into Axis and Allied Italy, he was interned in a loosely guarded German prison camp, from which he escaped to hide in Venice.

His brother Ruggero Mastroianni was a film editor who edited a number of his brother's films, and appeared alongside Marcello in Scipione detto anche l'Africano, a spoof of the once popular sword and sandal (peplum) film genre released in 1971.


Mastroianni made his screen debut as an uncredited extra in Marionette (1939) when he was fourteen, and made intermittent minor film appearances until landing his first big role in Atto d'accusa (1951). Within a decade he became a major international celebrity, starring in Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958); and in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita opposite Anita Ekberg in 1960, where he played a disillusioned and self-loathing tabloid columnist who spends his days and nights exploring Rome's high society. Mastroianni followed La Dolce Vita with another signature role, that of a film director who, amidst self-doubt and troubled love affairs, finds himself in a creative block while making a movie in Fellini's (1963).

His other prominent films include Days of Love (1954) with Marina Vlady; La Notte (1961) with Jeanne Moreau; Too Bad She's Bad (1954), Lucky to Be a Woman (1956), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), Marriage Italian-Style (1964), Sunflower (1970), The Priest's Wife (1971), A Special Day (1977) and Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter (1994) – all co-starring Sophia Loren; Luchino Visconti's White Nights (1957); Pietro Germi's Divorce, Italian Style (1961); Family Diary (1962) with Jacques Perrin; A Very Private Affair (1962) with Brigitte Bardot; Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70 (1965); Diamonds for Breakfast (1968) with Rita Tushingham; The Pizza Triangle (1970) with Monica Vitti; Massacre in Rome (1973) with Richard Burton; The Sunday Woman (1975) with Jacqueline Bisset; Stay As You Are (1978) with Nastassja Kinski; Fellini's City of Women (1980) and Ginger and Fred (1986); Marco Bellocchio's Henry IV (1984); Macaroni (1985) with Jack Lemmon; Nikita Mikhalkov's Dark Eyes (1987) with Marthe Keller; Giuseppe Tornatore's Everybody's Fine (1990); Used People (1992) with Shirley MacLaine; and Agnès Varda's One Hundred and One Nights (1995).

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for Divorce Italian Style, A Special Day and Dark Eyes. Mastroianni, Dean Stockwell and Jack Lemmon are the only actors to have been twice awarded the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Mastroianni won it in 1970 for The Pizza Triangle and in 1987 for Dark Eyes.

Mastroianni starred alongside his daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, in Raúl Ruiz's Three Lives and Only One Death in 1996. For this performance he won the Silver Wave Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. His final film, Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997), was released posthumously.

Personal life

Mastroianni married Flora Carabella (1926–1999) on 12 August 1950.[2] They had one daughter together, Barbara (1951–2018),[3] but separated in 1970 because of his affairs with younger women.[2][4] Mastroianni's first serious relationship after the separation was with Faye Dunaway, his co-star in A Place for Lovers (1968). Dunaway wanted to marry and have children, but Mastroianni, a Catholic, refused to divorce Carabella.[2] In 1971, after three years of waiting for Mastroianni to change his mind, Dunaway left him.[2] Decades later, Dunaway said: "I wish to this day it had worked out."[5]

Mastroianni had a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni (born 28 May 1972), with French actress Catherine Deneuve, who was nearly 20 years his junior and lived with him for four years in the 1970s. During that time, the couple made four movies together: It Only Happens to Others (1971), La cagna (1972), A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) and Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974). After Mastroianni and Deneuve broke up, Carabella reportedly offered to adopt Chiara because her parents' work kept them away so often. Deneuve would have none of it.[6]

According to People magazine, Mastroianni's other lovers included actresses Anouk Aimee, Ursula Andress, Claudia Cardinale and Lauren Hutton.[2] Around 1976, he became involved with Anna Maria Tatò, an author and filmmaker. They remained together until his death.[2]

He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1994.[7]


Mastroianni died of pancreatic cancer on 19 December 1996 at the age of 72.[8][9] Both of his daughters, as well as Deneuve and Tatò, were at his bedside.[2] The Trevi Fountain in Rome, associated with his role in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, was symbolically turned off and draped in black as a tribute.[9][10]

At the 1997 Venice Film Festival, Chiara, Carabella and Deneuve tried to block the screening of Tatò's four-hour documentary, Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember.[11] The festival refused and the movie was shown.[11] The three women reportedly tried to do the same thing at Cannes.[11] Tatò said Mastroianni had willed her all rights to his image.[11]

Awards and recognition



Filmography and awards

Year Title Role Notes
1939 Marionette Extra Uncredited
1942 Una storia d'amore Extra
1944 I bambini ci guardano Extra Uncredited
1948 I Miserabili Revolution member Uncredited
1949 Vertigine d'amore
1950 Domenica d'agosto Ercole Nardi
Contro la legge Marcello Curti
Vita da cani Carlo Danesi
Atto d'accusa Renato La Torre
Cuori sul mare Massimo Falchetti
1951 Passaporto per l'oriente Aldo Mazzetti
Parigi è sempre Parigi Marcello Venturi
1952 Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna Marcello Sartori
L'eterna catena Walter Ronchi
Tragico ritorno Marco
Sensualità Carlo Santori
Penne nere Pietro Cossuti
Gli eroi della domenica Carlo Vagnetti
La muta di Portici Extra Uncredited
1953 Lulù Soletti
Il viale della speranza Mario
Non è mai troppo tardi Riccardo
Febbre di vivere Daniele Massa
La valigia dei sogni
1954 Cronache di poveri amanti Ugo
Tempi nostri Il marito di Maria (segment "Pupo, Il")
Schiava del peccato Giulio Franchi
Giorni d'amore Pasquale Droppio Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Casa Ricordi Gaetano Donizetti
Peccato che sia una canaglia Paolo Grolla d'Oro for Best Actor
La principessa delle Canarie Hernán
1955 Tam tam mayumbe Alessandrini
La bella mugnaia Luca
1956 La fortuna di essere donna Corrado Betti Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
The Bigamist Mario De Santis
1957 Padri e figli Cesare
La ragazza della salina Piero
Il momento più bello Pietro Valeri
Le notti bianche Mario Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Il medico e lo stregone Dr. Francesco Marchetti
1958 Un ettaro di cielo Severino Balestra
I soliti ignoti Tiberio
Racconti d'estate Marcello Mazzoni Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Amore e guai Franco
1959 La Loi Enrico Tosso
Il nemico di mia moglie Marco Tornabuoni
Everyone's in Love Giovanni
Ferdinando I, re di Napoli Gennarino
1960 La Dolce Vita Marcello Rubini Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Il bell'Antonio Antonio Magnano Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Adua and Friends Piero Salvagni
1961 La notte Giovanni Pontano
L'assassino Alfredo Martelli
Fantasmi a Roma Reginaldo di Roviano / Federico di Roviano / Gino
Divorzio all'italiana Ferdinando (Fefè) Cefalù Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
1962 Vita privata Fabio Rinaldi
Cronaca familiare Enrico Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
1963 Guido Anselmi Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
I compagni Prof. Sinigaglia
Ieri, oggi, domani Carmine Sbaratti BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
David di Donatello for Best Actor
1964 Matrimonio all'italiana Domenico Soriano David di Donatello for Best Actor
Golden Globe Henrietta Award – World Film Favorite Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
1965 Casanova 70 Maggiore Colombetti San Sebastian International Film FestivalBest Actor
La decima vittima Marcello Poletti Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Oggi, domani e dopodomani Mario / Michele Profili / Mario Gasparri (segment "L'uomo dei 5 palloni") / (segment "L'ora di punta") / (segment "La moglie bionda")
1966 Io, io, io... e gli altri Peppino Marassi Nominated—Golden Globe Henrietta Award – World Film Favorite Actor
The Poppy Is Also a Flower Inspector Mosca
Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand Alberto Saporito
1967 Lo straniero Arthur Meursault
Questi fantasmi The Ghost Uncredited
1968 Break Up Mario Fuggetta
Amanti Valerio
Diamonds for Breakfast Grand Duke Nikolay Vladimirovich Godunov
1970 The Pizza Triangle Oreste Nardi Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
I girasoli Antonio
Leo the Last Leo
Giochi particolari Sandro
The Priest's Wife Don Mario
1971 Scipio the African Scipione l'Africano
Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres Marcello
Permette? Rocco Papaleo Rocco Papaleo
1972 Correva l'anno di grazia 1870 Augusto Parenti TV movie
La cagna Giorgio
What? Alex
Roma Himself Uncredited
1973 Mordi e fuggi Giulio Borsi
La Grande Bouffe Marcello
Niente di grave: suo marito è incinto Marco Mazetti
Rappresaglia Father Pietro Antonelli
L'idolo della città Nicolas Montei
1974 Touche pas à la femme blanche George A. Custer
Allonsanfàn Fulvio Imbriani
We All Loved Each Other So Much Himself
1975 La pupa del gangster Charlie Colletto
Per le antiche scale Professor Bonaccorsi
Divina creatura Michele Barra
La donna della domenica Commissioner Salvatore Santamaria Globo d'Oro Award for Best Actor
1976 Todo modo Don Gaetano
Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen Paolo T. Fiume
Lunatics and Lovers Marchese Luca Maria
1977 Una giornata particolare Gabriele Globo d'Oro Award for Best Actor
Grolla d'oro for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Mogliamante Luigi De Angelis
Doppio delitto Bruno Baldassarre
1978 Ciao maschio Luigi Nocello
Così come sei Giulio Marengo
Blood Feud Rosario Maria Spallone
1979 L'ingorgo – Una storia impossibile Marco Montefoschi
Giallo napoletano Raffaele Capece
1980 La terrazza Luigi
La città delle donne Snàporaz
1981 Fantasma d'amore Nino Monti
La pelle Curzio Malaparte
1982 La Nuit de Varennes Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Oltre la porta Enrico Sommi
The Last Horror Film Himself Uncredited
1983 Storia di Piera Lorenzo Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film
Gabriela, Cravo e Canela Nacib
Il generale dell'armata morta General Ariosto
1984 Enrico IV Enrico IV Globo d'Oro Award for Best Actor
1985 Le due vite di Mattia Pascal Mattia Pascal
Maccheroni Antonio Jasiello Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Big Deal After 20 Years Tiberio
1986 Ginger e Fred Pippo Botticella (Fred) David di Donatello for Best Actor
Globo d'Oro Award for Best Actor
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film
O Melissokomos Spyros
1987 Oci ciornie Romano Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
David di Donatello for Best Actor
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Intervista Himself
1988 Miss Arizona Rozsnyai Sándor
1989 Splendor Jordan
Che ora è? Marcello Venice Film FestivalVolpi Cup
Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
1990 Stanno tutti bene Matteo Scuro
Verso sera Prof. Bruschi Globo d'Oro Award for Best Actor
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Honorary Golden Lion
1991 To meteoro vima tou pelargou Missing Politician
Le voleur d'enfants Bigua
A Fine Romance Cesareo Grimaldi
1992 Used People Joe Meledandri Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1993 Di questo non si parla Ludovico D'Andrea
Un, deux, trois, soleil Constantin Laspada, le père Venice Film FestivalVolpi Cup for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Sergei (Sergio) National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
The True Life of Antonio H. Himself
1995 Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma L'ami italien / The Italian Friend
Sostiene Pereira Pereira David di Donatello for Best Actor
Nominated—Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Al di là delle nuvole The Man of All Vices
1996 Trois vies et une seule mort Mateo Strano / Georges Vickers / Butler / Luc Allamand Silver Wave
1997 Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo Manoel released posthumously, (final film role)


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