Born 1931 as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli in Rome, Italian actress Monica Vitti had her first film role in an uncredited bit in Edoardo Anton’s Ridere Ridere Ridere (1954). Her first widely noted performance was at the age of 26, in Mario Amendola’s Le dritte (1958). She was in the TV movie Il borghese gentiluomo (1959).
Vitti was best known for her starring roles in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni during the early 1960s. After working with Antonioni, Vitti changed focus and began making comedies, working with director Mario Monicelli on many films. She has appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, and Dirk Bogarde.
Vitti won five David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, seven Italian Golden Globes for Best Actress, the Career Golden Globe, and the Venice Film Festival Career Golden Lion Award.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of Monica Vitti in the 1960s and early 1970s.