Famous Italian Media Personalities

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 1 Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco
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Famous As: Medievalist, Philosopher and Author of 'The Name of the Rose' and 'Foucault's Pendulum'
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy
Died: February 19, 2016

Italian novelist Umberto Eco is best remembered for his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. He also taught at the University of Bologna and had released quite a few children’s books and translations. He was also known for his work on semiotics and medieval studies.

 2 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actress, Photojournalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

 3 Antonio Gramsci

Antonio Gramsci
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Famous As: Marxist philosopher, Journalist
Birthdate: January 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ales, Italy
Died: April 27, 1937

Antonio Gramsci was an Italian politician, journalist, philosopher, linguist, and writer. A founding member of the Communist Party of Italy, Gramsci went on to serve as the leader of the party before he was arrested by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. Since his death, Antonio Gramsci has been the subject of several plays and films.

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 4 Michelle Beadle

Michelle Beadle
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Famous As: Sports reporter
Birthdate: October 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy

Michelle Beadle is a sports reporter best known for her association with the popular cable sports channel, ESPN. Over the years, she has hosted important shows for various networks, including ESPN. Apart from being a sports reporter, Michelle Beadle has also been a Red Carpet reporter for popular shows like Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards, and SAG Awards.

 5 Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Italy

Laura Kuenssberg is a journalist. In 2015, she succeeded Nick Robinson to become the first woman to take up the position of a political editor at BBC News. Over the years, she has played an influential role in BBC, having previously worked as the broadcaster's chief political correspondent. In 2019, she was mentioned in Evening Standard's most influential Londoners list.

 6 Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli
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Famous As: Association football player, Journalist, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cremona

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

 7 Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia

Adriano Zumbo is an Australian television presenter and pastry chef. He is known for appearing as a guest on the TV show MasterChef Australia. He also hosts his own baking competition show Zumbo's Just Desserts and appears as a judge on Netflix's baking reality television series Sugar Rush. Thanks to his popularity, Zumbo has garnered several nicknames including Sweet Assassin.

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 8 Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Giuliana Rancic is an Italian-American television personality and entertainment reporter. Over the years, she has co-hosted several important events like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Also known for her good looks, Rancic was named in the 100 Most Beautiful people list by People magazine in 2006. In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award under the Fan Favorite category.

 9 Jason Acuña

Jason Acuña
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Famous As: Stunt performer, TV presenter
Birthdate: May 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

Better known as Wee Man, the 4-foot American stunt man Jason Acuña is a professional skater and now a well-known TV personality. Suffering from a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia, he uses a mini skateboard. Known for his appearance on Jackass, he now also owns an LA restaurant.

 10 Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana, Cuba
Died: September 19, 1985

Italian journalist, short-story writer and novelist Italo Calvino, counted among noted Italian fiction writers in the 20th-century, emerged as the most translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his demise. Notable works of Calvino include novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler; the collection of 12 short stories titled Cosmicomics, and the Our Ancestors trilogy.

 11 Raffaella Carra

Raffaella Carra
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: July 5, 2021

Raffaella Carra was an Italian singer, television presenter, dancer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity across Europe and Latin America during the peak of her illustrious career. An icon of women's liberation, Raffaella Carra supported the LGBT movement and was honored at the 2017 World Pride Madrid with the Gay Icon award.

 12 Gabriele D'Annunzio

Gabriele D'Annunzio
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pescara, Kingdom of Italy
Died: March 1, 1938

Known for literary works like Il Piacere and La Gioconda, Italian journalist, poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio dominated the second period of Italian Decadentism. He became a national war hero during the First World War. His political endeavours include establishing and leading the short-lived Italian Regency of Carnaro in Fiume. He is often described as the forerunner of Italian fascism.  

 13 Beatrice Borromeo

Beatrice Borromeo
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Innichen, South Tyrol, Italy

Beatrice Borromeo is an Italian fashion model and journalist. She has worked for major publications like Newsweek. She has also walked for luxury fashion brands like Trussardi, Valentino, and Chanel. In 2021, Beatrice Borromeo was made the ambassador for Dior.

 14 Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sassari, Italy

Elisabetta Canalis is an Italian showgirl and actress. Renowned for her impressive physique and good looks, Canalis has been a popular model in Italy, appearing on publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She has also modeled for Roberto Cavalli and was featured in the Max nude calendar in 2003. In 2010, she was ranked the seventh-most beautiful woman on Maxim.

 15 Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani
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Famous As: Magazine editor, Journalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mantua, Italy
Died: December 22, 2016

Franca Sozzani was an Italian journalist best remembered for serving as Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief from 1988 to 2016. Sozzani is also remembered for her charity work; she contributed to several charitable organizations and was chosen as a global ambassador for the World Food Programme of the United Nations in 2016. The same year, Franca Sozzani won the Swarovski Fashion Award.

 16 Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 24, 1826
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: October 26, 1890

Carlo Collodi was an Italian journalist, author, and humorist. He is best remembered for his popular children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The novel and its title character Pinocchio achieved international recognition when Disney adapted it into an animated musical fantasy film titled Pinocchio; the film went on to become one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney.

 17 Roberto Saviano

Roberto Saviano
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Roberto Saviano is an Italian essayist, writer, and screenwriter. Since 2006, Saviano has been living under police protection after receiving death threats from an Italian criminal organization, which was upset with Saviano's works that expose the functionality of organized crime in Italy. Over the years, Roberto Saviano has also contributed to prominent Italian and international newspapers.

 18 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

 19 Vittorio Mussolini

Vittorio Mussolini
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film critic, Journalist, Racecar driver
Birthdate: September 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan
Died: June 12, 1997

Vittorio Mussolini was an Italian film producer and critic. He was also the first officially acknowledged son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In reality, Vittorio was the second son of Benito Mussolini; his older half-brother was never acknowledged by his father's fascist regime.

 20 Laura Bozzo

Laura Bozzo
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Laura Bozzo is a Peruvian talk show host renowned for hosting her popular Spanish-language talk show, Laura. The occurrence of regular fights and the discussion of the sensitive subject matter have made her shows controversial in nature. In 2008, Laura Bozzo landed in trouble when the Peruvian press discovered that some of her shows were staged for entertainment purposes.

 21 Federica Masolin

Federica Masolin
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Federica Masolin is an Italian television presenter and sports journalist. She currently works for Sky Sport where she is the main presenter of the network's coverage of Formula One racing. Masolin has also covered other important sporting events like the 2011 Copa América, Games of the XXX Olympiad, and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 22 Giulio Andreotti

Giulio Andreotti
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Reporter
Birthdate: January 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome
Died: May 6, 2013

Giulio Andreotti was an Italian politician who served as the prime minister of Italy on three occasions between 1972 and 1992. Widely regarded as the most important and powerful politician of the First Republic, Andreotti was the second longest-serving Italian prime minister after Silvio Berlusconi in the post-war era. Giulio Andreotti also served in several ministerial positions throughout his career.

 23 Margherita Sarfatti

Margherita Sarfatti
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: October 30, 1961

Margherita Sarfatti was an Italian journalist, socialite, art critic, and collector. A patron of several Italian painters, Sarfatti played a major role in the cultural shaping of the art movements in Italy. An important member of the National Fascist Party, Margherita Sarfatti was one of Benito Mussolini's mistresses as well as his biographer.

 24 Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: September 15, 2006

Oriana Fallaci was an Italian author, journalist, and political interviewer. She achieved international recognition during the '60s, '70s, and '80s for her long and revealing interviews with several world leaders, including Indira Gandhi, Yasser Arafat, Willy Brandt, and Nguyễn Văn Thiệu. Fallaci had a successful journalistic career and won important awards like the Bancarella Prize and the St. Vincent Prize.

 25 Alberto Moravia

Alberto Moravia
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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: September 26, 1990

Alberto Moravia was an Italian journalist and novelist best remembered for exploring themes like existentialism, social alienation, and sexuality. His anti-fascist novel The Conformist inspired the 1970 political drama film of the same name. Moravia's works have also inspired other films, such as Agostino, Contempt, The Empty Canvas, and Two Women.

 26 Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo
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Famous As: Fashion journalist, editor and author known globally in the fashion industry for her eccentric Street fashion
Birthdate: April 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bari, Italy

Anna Dello Russo is an Italian author, fashion journalist, and editor. She is best known for her unconventional Street fashion. Since 2006, Dello Russo has been serving as editor-at-large and a creative consultant for Vogue Japan. An icon in the fashion industry, Anna Dello Russo has used her popularity to establish herself as an internet personality.  

 27 Milo Manara

Milo Manara
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist
Birthdate: September 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lüsen

Milo Manara is an Italian comic book writer and artist best known for his erotic comics and illustrations. He studied architecture and painting, following which he made his debut as a comic illustrator. His works have appeared in several magazines, including Charlie Mensuel, Pilote, and Terror. He has also drawn low print variant covers for issues of Marvel comic books. 

 28 Raf Vallone

Raf Vallone
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Famous As: Actor, Footballer, and journalist.
Birthdate: February 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tropea, Italy
Died: October 31, 2002

Raf Vallone was an Italian actor, journalist, and footballer. He was one of the biggest stars in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s. His performance in the drama film A View from the Bridge earned him the David di Donatello Award. As a footballer, Vallone helped his team win the Coppa Italia in the 1935–1936 season.

 29 Ilary Blasi

Ilary Blasi
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Famous As: Showgirl
Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian model, showgirl and television personality Ilary Blasi began her career as a child artist, appearing in four films till the age of nine. On growing up, she reentered the showbiz as a model, taking up all kinds of assignment before joining Miss Italia as a contestant, shortly gaining recognition as a popular television host and a successful model.  

 30 Luisa Ranieri

Luisa Ranieri
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Famous As: Actress, Television presenter
Birthdate: December 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Luisa Ranieri is an Italian actress best known for her portrayal of American-born Greek singer Maria Callas in the 2005 TV film Callas e Onassis, which is the only movie ever made to exclusively depict the close friendship and emotional relationship between Maria Callas and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Ranieri achieved international prominence after appearing in Letters to Juliet.

 31 Sandro Pertini

Sandro Pertini
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stella, Liguria, Italy
Died: February 24, 1990

Sandro Pertini was an Italian journalist and socialist politician. From 1978 to 1985, he served as the president of Italy. As the president, Sandro Pertini played an important role in reinstating the public's faith in the Italian government. In 1986, he was honored with the Freedom medal. 

 32 Errico Malatesta

Errico Malatesta
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Famous As: Anarchist propagandist and revolutionary socialist
Birthdate: December 14, 1853
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy
Died: July 22, 1932

A leading proponent of propaganda of the deed, Italian anarchist Errico Malatesta became involved in politics by the age of fourteen, when he wrote intimidating letters to King Victor Emmanuel II. A dynamic speaker and author, he helped to organize anarchist revolutionary groups in Europe and Americas, spending a total of 12 years in jail and 35 years in exile.

 33 Licio Gelli

Licio Gelli
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pistoia
Died: December 15, 2015

Licio Gelli was an Italian financier remembered for his involvement in the Banco Ambrosiano scandal. Gelli was one of the men responsible for the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano. Found guilty of fraud, he was sentenced to prison for 18 years and six months. Gelli focused on writing in his later years, earning a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 34 Gigi Proietti

Gigi Proietti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 2, 2020

Gigi Proietti was an Italian actor, comedian, musician, and singer. He loved to sing from an early age and performed in nightclubs as a young man. He attended the University Theater Center and began his career as a theater actor. He soon branched out into movies as well and appeared in hit films like The Appointment and The Wedding. 

 35 Pietro Aretino

Pietro Aretino
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Birthdate: April 19, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arezzo
Died: October 21, 1556

Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, poet, satirist, and playwright. He wielded influence on contemporary politics and art. An outspoken critic, Aretino was one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. A self-proclaimed sodomite, Pietro Aretino was involved in romantic relationships with men, which was uncommon at that time.

 36 Alain Elkann

Alain Elkann
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Alain Elkann is an Italian journalist and novelist. He is known for his role as the conductor of cultural programs aired on Italian TV. Elkann is also known for his work which promotes a cordial relation between Americans and Italians. He is the president of the Italy-USA Foundation's Scientific Committee. In 2010, he received the America Award for his work.

 37 Gabriele Marcotti

Gabriele Marcotti
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Gabriele Marcotti is an Italian sports journalist, author, and TV/radio presenter. He was born in Italy and has lived in numerous places across the world, learning multiple languages. He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and writes for various publications in both English and Italian. He has also worked in broadcasting and has written many books. 

 38 Enrico De Nicola

Enrico De Nicola
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples
Died: October 1, 1959

Enrico De Nicola was an Italian jurist, journalist, and politician. He served as the provisional head of state of republican Italy from 1946 to 1948, following which he became the first president of Italy. He was a successful lawyer before he entered politics. He was succeeded by economist Luigi Einaudi as the president. 

 39 Elisa Isoardi

Elisa Isoardi
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: December 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cuneo, Piedmont

Elisa Isoardi first gained attention after winning the Miss Cinema title at the 2000 Miss Italia pageant. She later hosted shows such as Unomattina and Effetto Sabato. She has also previously dated Lega Nord leader and former Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, though they split later.

 40 Maria De Filippi

Maria De Filippi
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: December 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Maria De Filippi is an Italian TV host who is often counted among the most popular presenters in Italian television. De Filippi currently runs the popular production company Fascino PGT, which was founded by her husband Maurizio Costanzo. Over the years, Maria De Filippi has won several Telegatto awards for her contribution to Italian television.

 41 Ambra Angiolini

Ambra Angiolini
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Ambra Angiolini is an Italian TV host, actress, and singer. One of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation, Angiolini won several prestigious awards like the David di Donatello Award and the Nastro d'Argento for her portrayal of Roberta in her debut film Saturn in Opposition. Since then, Angiolini has played important roles in many films like The Choice.  

 42 Indro Montanelli

Indro Montanelli
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fucecchio, Italy
Died: July 22, 2001

Italian journalist Indro Montanelli was named one of the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Heroes. Though he initially studied law and political science, he later drifted toward journalism, even working as a crime reporter. He had been arrested by the Nazis but luckily escaped the firing squad.

 43 Curzio Malaparte

Curzio Malaparte
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: July 19, 1957

Curzio Malaparte was an Italian writer, diplomat, war correspondent, and filmmaker. Many of his works, such as La pelle were adapted into films. In 1926, he co-founded an Italian magazine called 900, which played a major role in the rise of Italian fascism. Curzio Malaparte also served as a co-editor and editor of Fiera Letteraria and La Stampa respectively.

 44 Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: January 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian writer, academic, martial artist, and podcaster. Born into a family of writers, he studied history at CSULB and Cardiff University before embarking on an academic career. He is known for taking a "renaissance man approach” as a lecturer. He is the author of several books on philosophy and martial arts.  

 45 Alessandro Pavolini

Alessandro Pavolini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945

Alessandro Pavolini was an Italian politician and journalist. A qualified lawyer, he supported Benito Mussolini's fascist movement during World War II. He was notorious for his cruelty against the opponents of fascism. He eventually became the president of the Fascist Confederation of Professionals and Artists. He was finally executed by the partisans in 1945.  

 46 Hugo Pratt

Hugo Pratt
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Painter, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rimini
Died: August 20, 1995

 47 Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
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Famous As: Fashion editor
Birthdate: September 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 48 Walter Veltroni

Walter Veltroni
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Walter Veltroni is an Italian journalist and politician. Interested in politics from a young age, he joined the Italian Communist Youth Federation (FGCI) as a teenager. He pursued a career as a journalist while simultaneously staying involved in politics. He went on to serve as the first leader of the Democratic Party within the center-left opposition. 

 49 Gianni Rodari

Gianni Rodari
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omegna, Italy
Died: April 14, 1980

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer best known for his works of children's literature, notably Il romanzo di Cipollino. He is counted among Italy's most important 20th-century children's authors. As a young man, he participated in the Italian resistance movement and worked as a journalist. He began writing books for children in the 1940s. 

 50 Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: January 28, 1972

Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, writer, painter, and poet. He studied law at the University of Milan and embarked on a career as a journalist. He served in Africa, as a journalist, with the Regia Marina, during World War II. He began writing fiction in the 1930s and published several novels, plays, and short stories.