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BORN 29 Jun 1930, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 15 Sep 2006, Firenze, Toscana: Clinica Santa Chiara|
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Via Senese 184, Galluzo (I-XV-10)
Oriana Fallaci was the daughter of Edoardo Fallaci, a cabinet maker who was also a political activist opposing Mussolini. As a girl, in World War II she joined the anti-fascist movement Giustizia e LibertÓ. After the war she became a journalist and for many years she worked for the political magazine "L'Europeo".
During the Tlatelolco massacre in Maxico in 1968 (preceeding the Olympic Games in that country) she was shot three times and left for dead, but she survived. She started an affair with the Greek politician and poet Alexandros Panagoulis (1939-1976), after she had interviewed him. In 1976 he died in a road accident and she claimed he was murdered.
She was famous for her controversial interviews. When she interviewed Khomeini in 1979 she called him a tyrant. When he told her that she didn't have to wear Islamic dress she immediately threw if off.
She lived in New York and in Tuscany and she lectured at several universities in the USA. After the events of 9/11 she wrote books in which she stated that Europe was too tolerant of Muslims. She died in Florence of lung cancer.