is best known to American audiences for her role as Alegra in the box-office smash hit Hannibal
, starring Anthony Hopkins
and Julianne Moore
. Playing the wife of Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini
), Neri tempted and charmed the evil Hannibal Lecter.
She will next be seen co-starring in the independent thriller Ginostra, with Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell.
While American audiences may just be getting to know the Italian beauty, she is a respected and well-known actress in Europe. Neri has appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Carne Tremula (Live Flesh), opposite Javier Bardem and directed by Pedro Almodovar, Dispara, opposite Antonio Banderas, and Las Edades De Lulu, with Javier Bardem.
In 1992 Neri received the Silver Ribbon Award for Best Actress from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for her performance in Pensavo Fosse Amore - Invece Eru Una Calesse, directed by Massimo Troisi. Her role in Wilma Labate's La Mia Generazinoe led to a nomination in the Best Foreign Film category at the 1996 Academy Awards. In 1998, she won her second Best Actress Silver Ribbon for Carne Tremula (Live Flesh). In 2000, she received two nominations for the David di Donatello Award (Italy's equivalent of Oscar) for her roles in Dolce Rumore Della Vita II and I Amo Andrea.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
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