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Hunziker at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018
Born
Michelle Yvonne Hunziker

24 January 1977 (1977-01-24) (age 44)
Sorengo, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss, Italian
Occupation Television personality, model, actress
Years active 1994–present (model)
1996–present (TV host)
1998–present (actress)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Spouse(s)

Michelle Yvonne Hunziker (Swiss  born 24 January 1977) is a Swiss-Italian television hostess, actress, and model.

Early life

Hunziker was born in Sorengo, Lugano, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Her mother Ineke Hunziker is Dutch and her father Rudolf Hunziker, who died of a heart attack in 2001, was a German-speaking Swiss. He was a painter but worked as a hotel manager. In 1983, the family moved to Ostermundigen, a suburb of Bern in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In Ostermundigen Hunziker attended elementary school. After moving to Milan with her mother, she became a fashion model and was hired by Riccardo Gay, an agent. At 17 she posed for Armani, Rocco Barocco, La Perla, Colmar, Fuerte Ventura, Lovable and Swish.

Career

Being Eros Ramazzotti's fiancée, Hunziker was discovered by an Italian TV producer. In 1996, she co-hosted the Rai Uno-show I cervelloni with Paolo Bonolis. In summer, she presented the prime time comedy show Paperissima Sprint (Canale 5) with Gabibbo. Because of her popularity she hosted the afternoon show Colpo di Fulmine (Italia 1) in 1997. She attended the professional academy Music Art & Show in Milan with her choreographer Susanna Beltrami.

In 1998, the Italian film director Vincenzo Verdecchi offered Hunziker her first film role in the TV series La Forza dell'Amore (Canale 5). Afterwards she took the female main role in Fammi stare sotto al letto. She can also be seen in the documentary film The Protagonist and in another film, Alex l'Ariete, where she acted with ex-ski star Alberto Tomba. Then she co-hosted with Pippo Baudo the Canale 5 show La festa del Disco. From 1999 to 2001, she presented the late-night show Nonsolomoda (Canale 5) where she reported about fashion and lifestyle.

In 1999, TV3, the first Swiss private television station, was founded in Zürich, and Hunziker presented a show called Cinderella, where a hair and make-up artist, as well as a styling adviser, helped both a prominent person and a viewer of the program to get a new look. After the first episode, Hunziker was caught in the crossfire. The Swiss newspaper Blick even wrote: "Cinderella, TV3's new lifestyle show is not bad. It is catastrophic". Later, Hunziker was interviewed by the Swiss-German magazine Schweizer Illustrierte and said that she could not speak German anymore after having lived in Italy for many years. After TV3 had changed the concept, the show became more popular.

Michelle Hunziker - Alassio
A tile of the wall of Alassio, Italy, autographed by Hunziker

After having hosted the Swiss show Cinderella, Hunziker was discovered by German TV producers. In 1998, she presented the awarding of the Goldene Kamera with Thomas Gottschalk (a very well-known presenter in Germany). A year later, she co-hosted the show Michael Jackson & Friends (ZDF) in Munich. After having attended different talk shows, she presented her first show in Germany: Erstes Glück (SWR/Das Erste). She co-hosted the show with Thomas Elstner and interviewed prominent people about their first love. The show was not very popular though and was finally suspended. When she got back to Italy, she presented the shows Donna sotto le stelle and Piazza di Spagna (Canale 5) with Gerry Scotti and Tacchi a spillo (Italia 1) with Claudio Lippi. In 2002–2004, she presented with Carsten Spengemann the first and second season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of the British TV show Pop Idol.

Hunziker joined ZDF's Wetten, dass..?, Germany's most popular TV show in October 2009. The show was also syndicated live on the Austrian ORF and SF1 in her native Switzerland.

In 2006, she released a music album in English, Lole, that was available only in German-speaking countries; the only single off the album was "From Noon Till Midnight".

Hunziker co-hosted the Italian comedy shows Zelig (Italia 1) and Scherzi a parte (Canale 5) in 2001. Zelig is one of the most famous Italian TV shows. Later that year, she got the Italian TV Oscar in the category "Discovery of the Year". Besides, she co-hosted the Italian open-air music show Festivalbar with Daniele Bossari and Alessia Marcuzzi.

She has also starred in the musicals directed by Saverio Marconi The Sound of Music (playing the role of Maria von Trapp) and Cabaret (playing the role of Sally Bowles); both had great success in Italy.

In 2007, Hunziker co-hosted with Pippo Baudo the worldwide popular Italian song contest, the Festival di Sanremo, on Rai Uno. Later, she co-hosted again Striscia la notizia with Ezio Greggio and Paperissima with Gerry Scotti.

In 2018, she co-hosted the Sanremo Music Festival on Rai 1 with Claudio Baglioni and Pierfrancesco Favino In 2020, she appeared in a video posted by Mimmo Modem, with the renown neomelodic song by Niko Pandetta, Marco Calone and Pino Franzese named "Danza".

Personal life

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Hunziker in 2006

She was married to Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti from 1998 to 2009 (separated since 2002, divorced 2009) and therefore also has Italian citizenship. They separated in 2002 and have one daughter together, Aurora Sophie (born 1996). Hunziker announced her engagement to the Trussardi-heir Tomaso Trussardi in 2013, and together they have two daughters, Sole (born 2013) and Celeste (born 2015).

In 2017, Hunziker blamed a cult for her divorce from her former husband Eros Ramazotti. She said that the cult tried to persuade her that he was a bad influence on her and tried to isolate her from her family. This statement created furor in her homeland Italy.

In 2021 she declared that she is of Indonesian descent.

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Voglio stare sotto al letto Paola
The Protagonists Sue
2000 Alex l'ariete Leva Bottazzi
2005 Madagascar Gloria (voice) Italian dub
2007 Natale in crociera Michela Bacci
2008 Natale a Rio Linda Vita
2009 Natale a Beverly Hills Serena
2011 Amore nero Laura Short film
2017 Super vacanze di Natale Various Anthology film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 I misteri di Cascina Vianello Gaia Episode: "Un matrimonio e un funerale"
1998 La forza dell'amore Tiziana Miniseries
2004 Love Bugs Michelle Main role (season 1)
2018–2019 Idol x Warrior Miracle Tunes Goddess of Music Recurring role
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