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Asia Argento

  • Birth Name: Asia Aria Anna Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento
  • Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
  • Birthday: September 20, 1975
  • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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  • Bio:

    Asia Argento is a beautiful, talented, award-winning Italian actress. Asia was born on 20th September 1975 in Rome, Italy. She is officially named "Aria" since the registration office would not accept "Asia". She's the daughter of the famous Italian horror director Dario Argento and her mother is Daria Nicolodi, the famous stage and film actress and former-model. Daria Nicolodi co-wrote Dario's gothic masterpiece "Suspiria".

    Dario two daughters, Fiore (Asia's half sister, now a successful shoe designer) and Asia have starred in a half-dozen or so of his movies. Asia had another half sister, Anna (Dario's other daughter from his first marriage) who sadly died in a scooter accident several years ago. Asia has a tattoo on her ribs in memory of Anna, she is said to miss her deeply.

    Asia wrote and published three books between the ages of five and nine, it was at this tender age she started her acting career. Appearing on television with the feature called "Sogni e Bisogni" directed by Sergio Citti on the Italian RAI1 channel in 1984. She also starred in "Buon Natale" directed by Lugi Cozzi for RAI3. Since then she's been in over fifteen movies.

    She had a small part in Lamberto Bava's "Demoni 2" ("Demons 2") and was part of the cast of "La Chiesa" ("The Church") directed by Michele Soavi. In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film "Zoo". The following year she played Nanni Moretti's daughter in "Palombella Rossa", which was also directed by Nanni Moretti. After "Le Amiche del Cuore", which was written and directed by Michele Placido, Asia's career really took off and she was able to move on from playing very young girls to more mature, complex roles. The movie was well received at the Cannes Film Festival.

    In 1993 she co-starred in Carlo Verdone's "Perdiamoci di Vista!" in which she played Arianna, a physically disabled girl. It was an intricate, difficult role which won her the 'DAVID DI DONATELLO' (the Italian Oscar) for best actress '93-'94. She also had a featured role in the international cast of "La Reine Margot" directed by Patrice Chereau.

    Her debut as a first assistant director came in 1994, she turned her hand to directing two short films; Prospettive (an episode of the film De Generazione) and A ritroso.
    In 1995 she worked with Michel Piccoli in Peter Del Monte's Compagna di Viaggio, she was awarded for best actress in the 41st Annual 'DAVID DI DONATELLO' Awards in 1997, for her portrayal of Cora in the film. That role also saw her awarded a 'GOROLLA D'ORO'.
    She's also won two 'CIAK', an Italian 'GOLDEN GLOBE' when she was only twelve.

    She's acted in French in "La Reine Margot" (1994) and in English, in "B. Monkey" (1998) by director Michael "Il Postino" Radford and starred in Abel Ferrara's "New Rose Hotel" (1998) opposite Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe.

    She also won the Rome Film Festival award in 1988 for the documentary on Abel Ferrara Abel/Asia. In 1999 Asia made her directorial debut feature film entitled "Scarlet Diva". Asia played the lead actress and also wrote the screenplay, it was released in May 2000. "Scarlet Diva" won an award at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival.

    The latest film to have starred Asia which was directed by her father was his 1998 production of Il fantasma dell'Opera/The Phantom of the Opera. Asia wrote the Animal Farm nursery rhyme which features so strongly in Dario's giallo NonHoSonno.

    After directing a number of music videos, Asia gave birth to a baby girl named Anna Lou on June 20th 2001 in Lugano. Asia named her daughter after her late sister Anna. It has been said Anna Lou has her mothers looks. The father is Asia's partner Morgan, a musician from the Italian rock group Bluvertigo.

    In 2002 she stars in the action thriller XXX directed by Rob Cohen, with Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson and La Sirne rouge, directed by Olivier Megaton, with Jean-Marc Barr.

    Asia is also the author of a number of short stories published in many prestigious magazines such as "Dynamo", "L'Espresso", "Sette" and "Village". Her first novel "I Love You Kirk" was published in Italy October 1999 by Frassinelli Editrice and in France 2001 by Florent Massot.

  • Filmography:
    Actor Credits

        * King Shot (2010)
        * Boarding Gate (2008)
          Sandra/ Sandra
        * De la guerre (2008)
        * Go Go Tales (2008)
        * Mother of Tears (2008)
          Sarah Mandy
        * The Last Mistress (2008)
        * Marie Antoinette (2006)
          Madame du Barry
        * Transylvania (2006)
        * The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)
        * The Keeper (2006)
        * George A. Romero s Land of the Dead (2005)
        * Last Days (2005)
        * Love Bites (2005)
        * Ginostra (2003)
        * La Sirene Rouge (2002)
        * Scarlet Diva (2002)
          Anna Battista
        * XXX (2002)
        * Les Morsures de l'aube (2001)
        * Les Miserables (2001)
        * B. Monkey (1999)
          Beatrice--B Monkey
        * New Rose Hotel (1999)
        * The Phantom of the Opera (1999)
        * The Stendhal Syndrome (1999)
        * Viola Kisses Everybody (1998)
        * Bits and Pieces (1996)
        * Travelling Companion (1996)
        * Queen Margot (1994)
          Charlotte of Sauve
        * Let's Not Keep in Touch (1993)
        * Trauma (1993)
          Aura Petrescu
        * Close Friends (1992)
        * The Red Dove (1989)
        * Zoo (1988)
        * The Church (1988)
        * Demoni 2 - L Incubo Ritorna (1986)
        * Demons 2 (1986)
        * Coin Locker Babies

    Director Credits

        * Scarlet Diva (2002)

    Writing Credits

        * The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)
          Screenplay (Adaptation)
        * Scarlet Diva (2002)

    Consultant Credits

        * Hostage (2005)
          Acting Coach

    Music Credits

        * Sleepless (2001)

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