De Sica, Vittorio

BORN 7 Jul 1901, Sora, Lazio - DIED 13 Nov 1974, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine: American Hospital
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Zona Ampliamento, riquadro 143, tomba 32)

Vittorio de Sica grew up in poor circumstances in Naples and worked as an office clerk. He started his acting career in the 1920s in the theatre and in 1933 he founded his own company together with his future wife Giuditta Rissone and Sergio Toffani.

Together with Cesare Zavattini he created several important neorealistic movies like "Sciusciŕ" that was directed by himself. As a director he won the Oscar for Best Foreign Movies twice, for "Ieri, oggi, domani" (1963) and for "Il giardino dei Finzi Contini" (1970). For two other movies he had already won honorary Oscars before the Oscar for Best Foreign Movies existed. In 1957 was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Charles Vidor's "A Farewell to Arms".

In 1937 he married Giuditta and they had a daughter, Emi. In 1942 he met the actress Maria Marcader, a sister of Ramon Mercader, who killed Trotzky. They started a relationship and they had two sons in 1949 and 1951. In 1954 he divorced Giuditta and in 1959 he married Maria in Mexico. But his Mexican marriage wasn't valid and after he obtained French citizenship in 1968 he married Maria again in Paris. He never really left his first family and he lived with both families.

His last movie was "Una breve vacanza" (1973). In 1974 he died in Neuilly-sur-Seine after a cyst was removed from his lungs.

• Wife: Rissone, Giuditta (1937-1954, Asti, Piemonto: Borgo San Pietro) (divorce or separation)
• Wife: Mercader, María (1968-1974)

Related persons
• cooperated with Amato, Giuseppe
• cooperated with Gassmann, Vittorio


The grave of Vittorio De Sica at the Cimitero Monumentale al Verano, Rome.
Picture by Androom (24 Jan 2010)


Vittorio De Sica - Wikipedia

Deák, Ferencz

Published: 04 Jan 2015
Last update: 19 Feb 2024