As a child growing up in Rome, Claudia Gerini
dreamed of becoming an actress, dancer, and singer. And then in 1986, at the tender age of 13, she won the Miss Teenage Italy pageant, and enthusiastically seized the opportunity. Her first professional experiences were in ad campaigns for Peruvian's Baca
candy and Schweppes soft drinks, and she had just turned 15 when she was cast in her first film role, in Sergio Corbucci's Roba Do Ricchi (Rob the Rich, 1987). She continued to attend school while pursuing her film career, and made her stage debut in 1994. She is also passionate about music, and has recorded several albums in both English and Italian. She finally got a chance to sing on film in Fuochi d'artzficio (Fireworks, 1997), written and directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni.
Gerini has had her greatest success in comedies, beginning with hiaggi di Nozze (Wedding Journeys, 1995) a vehicle for writer/director/star Carlo Verdone. The pairing was so successful that Verdone and Gerini teamed up again in Sono pazzo di Iris Blond (I'm Crazy About Iris Blonde, 1996), an even bigger hit that was released on video in the US by Miramax. Gerini made four films in 1998, including Deceit, an English-language thriller in which she co-starred with Jonathan Pryce. She has appeared most recently in Mario Camus's La Playa de los Galgos (Beach of the Greyhounds, 2002) and as Signora Raguzzi in Audrey Wells' critically acclaimed Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). Gerini supplied the voice of the heroine, Marina, in the Italian dubbed version of Disney's animated Sinbad, and recently completed filming Sergio Castellitto's Non ti muovere (Don't Move, 2004), with Penelope Cruz.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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