Braschi in 2005
Roberto Benigni (m. 1991)
Life and career
Born in Cesena, Braschi studied in Rome's Academy of Dramatic Arts where she first met Benigni in 1980. Her first film was with Benigni in 1983, the comedy Tu Mi Turbi (You Upset Me). She later appeared in two Jim Jarmusch films, Down by Law and Mystery Train.
Braschi's two most successful collaborations with her husband were Johnny Stecchino (1992) and La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) (1998). 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 widely praised success that launched both Braschi and her husband into the international spotlight. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award as a cast member of that film.
In 1997, Braschi starred in Ovosodo as a depressed teacher encouraging a student to work and study harder. The film won her a David di Donatello award (Italy's equivalent of the Oscars) and much praise from critics and the public.
In 2002, she was a member of the jury at the 52nd Berlin Film Festival.
In 2005, she starred in and produced The Tiger and the Snow (La tigre e la neve) a love story set during the initial stage of the Iraq War. This was her last film appearance until the 2018 film Happy as Lazzaro.
In 2013, she was a member of the Cinéfondation and short films jury at the 66nd Cannes Film Festival.
|1983||Tu mi turbi||Virgin Mary|
|1986||Down by law||Nicoletta|
|1988||Ya bon les blancs||Luisa|
|1988||The Little Devil||Nina|
|1989||Mystery Train||Luisa (Segment- Ghost)|
|1990||The Sheltering Sky||French Woman|
|1991||La domenica specialmente||Girl (Segment La domenica specialmente)|
|1993||Son of the Pink Panther||Jacqueline Gambrelli|
|1995||Pasolini, un delitto italiano||Graziella Chiracossi|
|1998||Life is Beautiful||Dora Orefice|
|2003||Mi piace lavorare||Anna|
|2005||The Tiger and the Snow||Vittoria|
|2018||Happy as Lazzaro||Alfonsina De Luna|