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Violante Placido was nominated for the prestigious David di Donatello Award (which is her native Italy’s Oscars equivalent), in the Best Actress category, for her performance in Giovanni Veronesi’s Che ne sarà di noi.
She has twice been nominated for the Silver Ribbon award by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, for her performances in Lucio Pellegrini’s Ora o mai più and Sergio Rubini’s L’anima gemella, alongside Valentina Cervi. She and Ms. Cervi shared the Wella Prize, for their work in the latter film, at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival; six years later at the Festival, Ms. Placido was awarded the Kinéo Prize for her performance in Claudio Cupellini’s Lezioni di Cioccolato.
The daughter of actor/director Michele Placido (of The Caiman) and actress Simonetta Stefanelli (of The Godfather), Violante Placido’s made her feature starring debut in Enza Negroni’s Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo, adapted from the popular novel of the same name. She has since appeared in over two dozen movies, including Oliver Parker’s Fade to Black, opposite Danny Huston as Orson Welles. In 2009, she starred in the Hindi film Barah Aana, directed by Raja Menon.
In 2005, she released an album of self-penned songs entitled Don’t Be Shy, many of them performed in English, which was followed by a tour across Italy. Ms. Placido is now working on songs for a new album.