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Name: Greta Scacchi                                                                   
Born: 18 February 1960 Milan, Italy                                                   
Other name: Greta Gracco                                                             
Greta Scacchi (born February 18, 1960) is an Italian-born Emmy Award-winning         
film actress.                                                                         
Born Greta Gracco in Milan, Italy, the daughter of Luca Scacchi Gracco, an           
Italian art dealer and painter, and Pamela Carsaniga, an English-born dancer and     
antiques dealer. Her parents divorced when she was three, and her mother             
moved to England with her and her two older brothers. In 1975, following her         
mother's remarriage to Giovanni Carsinga, the family moved to Australia.             
In 1977, Scacchi returned to England to pursue an acting career. She studied at       
the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, with Miranda Richardson and Amanda Redman.       
In 1982, she made her film debut in the German movie Das Zweite Gesicht (The         
Second Face) and gave versatile performances in films such as Heat and Dust (1983),   
The Ebony Tower (1984), White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent (1990), The         
Player (1993), and Country Life (1994). She has appeared nude, including frontal     
nudity, in several films.                                                             
She turned down the role of Catherine Trammell in Basic Instinct (1992).             
In 1996 she won an Emmy Award for her work in the television film Rasputin: Dark     
Servant of Destiny. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and numerous other           
awards. In 2007 she received another Emmy Award nomination for Supporting             
Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Broken Trail.                                 
She speaks French, German and Italian fluently, which has made her a popular         
choice for the casting directors of european films and has been an asset when         
working for european directors and producers.