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Franco Zeffirelli
KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI
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Zeffirelli in 2008
Member of the Senate
In office
21 April 1994 – 29 May 2001
Constituency Catania
Personal details
Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli

(1923-02-12)12 February 1923
Florence, Italy
Died 15 June 2019(2019-06-15) (aged 96)
Rome, Italy
Political party Forza Italia
Residence(s) Rome
Alma mater University of Florence
Profession Film director
Opera director
Military service
Branch/service British Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Unit 24th Guards Brigade
Battles/wars World War II

Franco Zeffirelli, KBE (born 12 February 1923; died 15 June 2019) is an Italian director and producer of movies and television. He is also a opera director and designer of Italian operas.

He was also known for several of the movies he directed, especially the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remains the best-known film adaptation of that play as well. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim and is still shown on Christmas and Easter in many countries.

He is a former senator of Catania (1994–2001). His political party was the Forza Italia party.

He received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Zeffirelli was born Gianfranco Zeffirelli on 12 February 1923 in Florence, Italy.

Zeffirelli with Olivia Hussey while filming Romeo and Juliet in 1967
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