Suso Cecchi d'Amico

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (21 July 1914 – 31 July 2010) was an Italian screenwriter and actress. She won the 1980 David di Donatello Award for lifetime career.[1] She worked with virtually all of the most celebrated post-war Italian film directors, and wrote or co-wrote many award-winning films—among them:[2][3]

Suso Cecchi d'Amico
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Giovanna Cecchi

(1914-07-21)July 21, 1914
DiedJuly 31, 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 96)
Alma materLycée français Chateaubriand
OccupationScreenwriter, actress
Spouse(s)Fidele d'Amico (1938-1990)
RelativesEmilio Cecchi (father)

Cecchi D'Amico wrote the libretto for Nino Rota's opera I due timidi and collaborated on the script of William Wyler's Roman Holiday.[4] She was a member of the jury at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 1994 Venice film festival.[4]


Suso Cecchi D'Amico was born in Rome as Giovanna Cecchi and was the daughter of writer Emilio Cecchi. In 1938, she married the musicologist Fedele D'Amico (nickname: Lele), son of theatre critic Silvio D'Amico. They had three children who have themselves made significant contributions to Italian culture: Masolino, Silvia, and Catherine.[4] Suso Cecchi D'Amico died in Rome ten days past her 96th birthday.[2] She worked as a translator of literary works but was asked to read a screenplay, in order to give feedback. Later, she was asked to write one herself and her career as a screenwriter was launched.[5]



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  1. ^ David di Donatello Awards for 1980
  2. ^ a b ABC News: Veteran Italian screenwriter Cecchi D'Amico known for neo-realist films dies at 96 July 31, 2010
  3. ^ Screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico Dies Jul 31, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Lane, John Francis (1 August 2010). "Suso Cecchi D'Amico obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  5. ^ Mikael Colville-Andersen. "The Storytellers - Interview with Suso Cecchi D'Amico". Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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