Marina Ripa Di Meana

Italian actress and writer

Marina Ripa Di Meana (born Maria Elide Punturieri and previously known as Marina Lante della Rovere; 21 October 1941 – 5 January 2018) was an Italian writer, actress, director, stylist and TV personality.[1] She was born in Reggio Calabria.

Marina Ripa di Meana in Venice, 2003.

Ripa di Meana wrote 14 books over her lifetime, however she is probably best known for her first two autobiographical books, I miei primi quarant'anni (My First Forty Years, 1984) and La più bella del reame (The Most Beautiful in the Realm, 1988), which became bestsellers.

Ripa di Meana directed the controversial movie Cattive ragazze and starred in Assassinio sul Tevere.

From 1982 until her death, she was married to politician Carlo Ripa di Meana.

Ripa di Meana was suffering from kidney cancer in the years before her death.[1][2] On 5 January 2018, Ripa di Meana died in Rome after deciding to undergo deep palliative sedation at the age of 76.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Marina Ripa di Meana dies (3) - English". 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. "La confessione di Marina Ripa di Meana in tv: quel velo e la sfida pop al male". (in Italian). 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  3. Sala, Alessandro. "Addio Marina Ripa di Meana Da 16 anni combatteva il tumore". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-01-05.

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