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Emma Martina Luigia Morano

29 November 1899
Died 15 April 2017(2017-04-15) (aged 117)
Cause of death Heart disease
Occupation Jute factory worker
Height 5 ft (152 cm)
  • Oldest living person in the World
  • Oldest living Italian person
  • Oldest living European person
  • Oldest verified person ever to live in Italy
Spouse(s) Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901–1978)
(m. 1926–1978; his death) (separated in 1938)
Children One child (1937–1937)
Parent(s) Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani

Emma Morano-Martinuzzi (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017) was an Italian supercentenarian. At the age of 117, she was the oldest living person in the world from 13 May 2016 until her death on 15 April 2017. She was the 5th oldest person in history at her death. She is the oldest person from Italy or ever lived in Italy and the second oldest European person ever, after Jeanne Calment.


She was born on 29 November 1899 in Civiasco (Province of Vercelli) in the region of Piedmont to Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani, the eldest of eight children, five daughters and three sons. In October 1926, she married Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901-1978) and in 1937 her only child was born; Unfortunately he died when he was only six months old. The marriage was not happy so in 1938 Morano decided to separate from her husband. On her 115th birthday, Morano was still living alone in her home.

Morano died of heart disease, at her home in Pallanza, Italy, on 15 April 2017, at the age of 117 years and 137 days.

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