Giovanna Cecchi (21 July 1914 – 31 July 2010), known professionally as Suso Cecchi d'Amico, was an Italian screenwriter and actress. She won the 1980 David di Donatello Award for lifetime career[1] as well as the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.[2]

Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Giovanna Cecchi

(1914-07-21)21 July 1914
Died31 July 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 96)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
EducationLycée français Chateaubriand
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, actress
Fedele D'Amico
(m. 1938; died 1990)
RelativesSilvio D'Amico (father-in-law)

Cecchi d'Amico worked with virtually all of the most celebrated post-war Italian film directors, and wrote or co-wrote many award-winning films—among them:[3][4]

She also wrote the libretto for Nino Rota's opera I due timidi and collaborated on the script of William Wyler's Roman Holiday.[2] She was a member of the jury at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Life Edit

Giovanna Cecchi was born in Rome, the daughter of writer Emilio Cecchi. In 1938, she married musicologist Fedele "Lele" D'Amico, son of theatre critic Silvio D'Amico. They had three children who have themselves made significant contributions to Italian culture: Masolino, Silvia, and Caterina.[2]

Checchi d'Amico worked as a translator of literary works until she was asked to read a screenplay in order to give her feedback. Later, she was asked to write one herself and her career as a screenwriter was launched.[5]

She died in Rome ten days past her 96th birthday.[3]

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References Edit

  1. ^ David di Donatello Awards for 1980
  2. ^ a b c d Lane, John Francis (1 August 2010). "Suso Cecchi D'Amico obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b ABC News: Veteran Italian screenwriter Cecchi D'Amico known for neo-realist films dies at 96 July 31, 2010
  4. ^ Screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico Dies Jul 31, 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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