|Occupation||Film & TV actress; model; entertainer|
|Partner(s)||Giovanni di Gianfrancesco|
Arcuri was born in Anagni, near Frosinone, to a father from the Province of Crotone and a mother from Avellino. Raised in Latina, Lazio from an early age, Manuela Arcuri, was often on the covers of tabloids. She has a black belt in karate. She was an attendee at former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's private parties.
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At a very early age she was attracted to show business, and she became a fashion model; in 1995 she played parts in soap operas and in her first film, Black Holes directed by Pappi Corsicato; then she had a supporting role in The Graduates directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni, and a major one in the comedy film Bagnomaria by Giorgio Panariello, which brought her to the attention of the moviegoing public. She continued acting in other movies and stage productions, such as A Pretty Story of a Woman e Liolà at the side of Gianfranco Jannuzzo and under the direction of Gigi Proietti.
In 2000 Manuela Arcuri, now considered a sex symbol, appeared in a calendar for the magazine GenteViaggi; the following year, she posed for another calendar, this time for the magazine Panorama, obtaining great success that consolidated her reputation and helped her land a role in the TV series Carabinieri. In 2001 she hosted the TV show Mai dire Gol with Gialappa's Band. In 2002, she co-hosted the Sanremo Music Festival alongside Pippo Baudo and Vittoria Belvedere. In 2003, she co-hosted with Teo Teocoli and Anna Maria Barbera the eighth series of the TV comedy show Scherzi a parte.
- The Graduates, directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni (1995)
- Black Holes, directed by Pappi Corsicato (1995)
- Viaggi di nozze, directed by Carlo Verdone (1995)
- Uomini senza donne, directed by Angelo Longoni (1996)
- Gratta e vinci, directed by Ferruccio Castronuovo (1996)
- A spasso nel tempo, directed by Carlo Vanzina (1996)
- Cuori perduti, directed by Teresio Spalla (1997)
- Finalmente soli, directed by Umberto Marino (1997)
- Disokkupati, TV series in 40 episodes, directed Franza Di Rosa (1997)
- Bagnomaria, directed by Giorgio Panariello (1999)
- Voglio stare sotto al letto, directed by Bruno Colella (1999)
- Anni '60, TV mini-series in 4 episodes, directed by Carlo Vanzina (1999)
- Alla ricerca di Sheherazade, TV film, directed by Franco Giraldi (1999)
- Coconut Heads, directed by Ugo Fabrizio Giordani (2000)
- Freewheeling, directed by Vincenzo Salemme (2000)
- Mad Love, directed by Vicente Aranda (2001)
- Carabinieri, first and second seasons of the TV series, directed by Raffaele Mertes (2002)
- The Witch Affair, directed by José Miguel Juárez (2003)
- Con le unghie e con i denti, TV film directed by Pier Francesco Pingitore (2003)
- Madame, TV film directed by Salvatore Samperi (2004)
- Regina dei fiori, directed by Vittorio Sindoni (2005)
- Carabinieri: Sotto copertura, TV film directed by Raffaele Mertes (2005)
- Imperia, la grande cortigiana, TV film directed by Pier Francesco Pingitore (2005)
- L'onore e il rispetto, TV film directed by Salvatore Samperi (2006)
- Donne sbagliate, TV film directed by Monica Vullo (2007)
- Mogli a pezzi, TV film (2007)
- Caterina e le sue figlie, second season of TV series, directed by Fabio Jephcott (2007)
- Il peccato e la vergogna, TV series (2010-2012)
- Sangue caldo, TV series (2011)
- Pupetta - The brave and the passion, TV series (2013)
- Non si ruba a casa dei ladri, directed by Carlo Vanzina (2016)
- "L'onore e il rispetto". tvzap.kataweb.it.
- "Manuela Arcuri e le sue origini calabresi". Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- Manuela Arcuri: "Volata scudetto? Tifo Napoli, mia madre è di Avellino"
- " Libero Quotidiano, 17 September 2011
- Berlusconi's 'harem' named Archived 17 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, L'Unità, 16 September 2011
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