Greta Scacchi

Actor, Model, Shepherdess
This beautiful light-haired international lead first gained attention as the spirited grandmother in the flashback sequence of the Merchant-Ivory production, "Heat and Dust" (1982). Scacchi (pronounced "Skaa-key") was ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1960 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (54)

A.D. 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A.D. The Bible Continues 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inconceivable 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hindenburg: The Last Flight 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Falling 2013 (Movie)

Miss Mantel (Actor)

Ways To Live Forever 2013 (Movie)

Private instructor (Actor)

Hidden Love 2009 (Movie)

Dr. Nielsen (Actor)

Brideshead Revisited 2008 (Movie)

Cara (Actor)

Shoot on Sight 2008 (Movie)

Susan Ali (Actor)

By the Pricking of My Thumbs 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book of Revelation 2006 (Movie)

Isabel Auster (Actor)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

Mary Duvan (Actor)

Baltic Storm 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under A False Name 2003 (Movie)

Nicoletta (Actor)

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

Alice Palmer (Actor)

Christmas Glory, 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Mary 2000 (Movie)

Lily MacIntosh (Actor)

Looking for Alibrandi 2000 (Movie)

Christina Alibrandi (Actor)

Ladies Room 1999 (Movie)

Lucia (Actor)

One of the Hollywood Ten 1999 (Movie)

Gale Sondergaard (Actor)

The Red Violin 1999 (Movie)

Victoria Byrd (Actor)

Love and Rage 1998 (Movie)

Agnes MacDonnell (Actor)

The Manor 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Ravenscroft (Actor)

Tom's Midnight Garden 1998 (Movie)

Aunt Gwen (Actor)

The Serpent's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Juliana (Actor)

Emma 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Weston (Actor)

Rasputin (Hbo) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Life 1995 (Movie)

Deborah Voysey (Actor)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

Maria Cosway (Actor)

The Browning Version 1994 (Movie)

Laura Crocker-Harris (Actor)

Salt on Our Skin 1992 (Movie)

George McEwan (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

June Gudmundsdottir (Actor)

Turtle Beach 1992 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Fires Within 1991 (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

Judith Merrick (Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Carolyn Polhemus (Actor)

Fear and Love 1988 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

A Man in Love 1987 (Movie)

Jane Steiner (Actor)

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

Julia Matthews (Actor)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

La Donna della Luna 1987 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Waterfront 1987 (Movie)

Anni Chieri (Actor)

Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

Nina Beckman (Actor)

Camille 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Coca-Cola Kid 1985 (Movie)

Terri (Actor)

Heat and Dust 1982 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Broken Trail (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Fischer of Geneva (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Austen Regrets (TV Show)

Actor

The Ebony Tower (TV Show)

Actor

The Handyman (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This beautiful light-haired international lead first gained attention as the spirited grandmother in the flashback sequence of the Merchant-Ivory production, "Heat and Dust" (1982). Scacchi (pronounced "Skaa-key") was also memorable as the daffy secretary in Dusan Makavejev's "The Coca Cola Kid" (1985). By the late 1980s, despite such high-profile projects as "White Mischief" (1987) and "Presumed Innocent" (1990), she seemed typecast as a two-dimensional femme fatale. Her career received a renewed critical boost thanks to a standout performance in Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992). Scacchi seemed to excel in several period films, notably "Country Life" (1994), Michael Blakemore's adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya". She then reteamed with Merchant-Ivory to portray Maria Cosway who entrances the future US president in "Jefferson in Paris" (1995) and segued to Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" (1996).

Relationships

Pamela Carsinga

Mother
English separated from Scacchi's father when Scacchi was three later divorced remarried

Giovanni Carsinga

Step-Father

Vincent D'Onofrio Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Fires Within" (1991) Together until c. 1992

Leila D'Onofrio

Daughter
born in March 1992 father, Vincent D'Onofrio

Luca Gracco

Father
Italian separated from Scacchi's mother when Scacchi was three later divorced

Carlo Mantegazza

Companion
Italian Scacchi's first cousin lived with him and his former wife together from c. 1997

Matteo Mantegazza

Son
born c. September 1998

Michael Radford Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

University of Western Australia

Milestones

2006

Earned SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actress for her role in the American Movie Classic's original movie "Broken Trail"

2004

Portrayed Sandra Dee's (Kate Bosworth) mother in "Beyond the Sea" a biopic of the legendary signer Bobby Darin

2002

Starred on stage in England in "The True Life History of Mata Hari"; play especially written for her

1999

Reteamed with Merchant-Ivory for the period drama "Cotton Mary", directed by Ismail Merchant

1997

Co-starred in NBC miniseries "The Odyssey"

1995

Co-starred as Czarina Alexandra in the HBO TV-movie "Rasputin"; won Supporting Actress Emmy Award

1995

Reteamed with Merchant-Ivory for "Jefferson in Paris"

1992

Played pivotal role in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1990

Cast opposite Harrison Ford in "Presumed Innocent"

1988

Had leading role in "White Mischief"

1984

Played leading role in the CBS TV-movie remake of "Camille"

1982

International breakthrough role in the Merchant-Ivory production "Heat and Dust"

1975

Moved to Australia when stepfather accepted a teaching job (date approximate)

1963

Moved to England with her mother when parents separated (date approximate)

Moved to England and enrolled in acting school

Born in Milan

Worked as "jilleroo" (sheep rustler) in Australia before moving to Europe

Moved to Europe; began brief career as a model

Screen debut in "The Second Sight" (German-language film)

Bonus Trivia

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"People try to pigeonhole me ... They say I only play colonial women. I only play period pieces. I only do nude films. It's really so boring." --Scacchi to People, May 12, 1997.

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