Born in 1968 in the Italian village of Citta di Castello, Umbria,
Bellucci originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While
attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to
earn money for school, and this led to her modeling career. In
1988, she moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, and
joined Elite Model Management. Although enjoying great success as a
model, she made her acting debut on TV in 1990, and her American
film debut in 1992's Bram Stoker's _Dracula (1990)_ (qv). Her role
in the 1996 French thriller, _Appartement, L' (1996)_ (qv), shot
her to stardom as she won the French equivalent of an Oscar
nomination. Other credits include _Malena (2000)_ (qv), _Under
Suspicion (2000)_ (qv) and _Pacte des loups, Le (2001)_ (qv).
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).