Vittorio De Sica

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Vittorio Domenico Stanislao Gaetano Sorano de Sica

Also Known As: "Vittorio De Sica"
Birthplace: Sora, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
Death: November 13, 1974 (73)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France (after surgery)
Immediate Family:

Son of Umberto de Sica and Teresa de Sica
Husband of María Asunción Mercader Forcada
Ex-husband of Giuditta Rissone
Partner of Mimí Muñoz
Father of Emi de Sica; Private; Manuel de Sica and Christian de Sica

Occupation: Director and actor; leading figure in the neorealist movement
Managed by: Jacinta Palerm
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About Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica was an Italian director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement.

Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards: Sciuscià and Bicycle Thieves were awarded honorary Oscars, while Ieri, oggi, domani and Il giardino dei Finzi Contini won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Indeed, the great critical success of Sciuscià (the first foreign film to be so recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Bicycle Thieves helped establish the permanent Best Foreign Film Oscar. These two films generally are considered part of the canon of classic cinema. Bicycle Thieves was cited by Turner Classic Movies as one of the 15 most influential films in cinema history.

De Sica was also nominated for the 1957 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing Major Rinaldi in American director Charles Vidor's 1957 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a movie that was panned by critics and proved a box office flop. De Sica's acting was considered the highlight of the film.

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Vittorio De Sica's Timeline

July 7, 1901
Sora, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
Age 36
February 24, 1949
Age 47
Roma, Italia
November 13, 1974
Age 73
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France