Asia Argento (full name Aria Anna Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento) was born on September 20, 1975 in Rome, Italy. She is an Italian television and film actress and director.
Biography and Career :
In Rome, the city's registry office refused to acknowledge Asia as an appropriate name, and instead officially inscribed her as Aria Argento.
Despite this, she uses the name Asia Argento professionally. Nevertheless, Asia retained the name that her parents had chosen for her, and embarked on a lifestyle of eccentricity and privilege that comes with growing up in the entertainment industry. For three days following her birth, her parents projected Gone with the Wind on the living room wall.
As Asia Argento grew older, she was gradually exposed to other genres of film, notably her fa
ther's slasher movies, beginning when she was six years old with a viewing of Deep Red - a film which, incidentally, starred her mother. It wasn't long before the Argento household was hosting horror screenings for the neighborhood kids, the popularity of which increased after the Argentos became the first owners of a Betamax player in all of Italy.
Asia Argento was directed in one of her first works Trauma (1993) by her father, Dario Argento. During this film she also had her first (of many) nude scenes when she was 18. She received the David di Donatello (Italy's response to Hollywood's Academy Award) for Best Actress in 1994 for her performance in Perdiamoci di vista and again in 1996 for Compagna di viaggio, which also earned her a Grolla d'oro Award. In 1998, Asia began appearing in the American movies, such as B. Monkey and New Rose Hotel, alongside Christopher Walken.
Asia Argento has also proven her ability to work in multiple languages, adding French to the list of languages in which she has performed, with a role in 1994's La Reine Margot. That same year, Asia Argento made her first foray into directing, calling the shots behind the short films Prospettive and A ritroso.
In 1996, Asia Argento directed a documentary on her father, and in 1998 a second one on Abel Ferrara, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award. Asia Argento directed and wrote her first movie called Scarlet Diva (2000) and four years later she directed her second movie, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), this time in the United States.
While Asia Argento is certainly a celebrity in her native country, the coverage that the Italian press showers on her is not always favorable. Asia Argento has drawn criticism for her openness toward drug use and posing nude, as well as the deeply erotic scenes she has performed in, particularly those that her father has filmed.
In 2001, a great deal of attention was drawn to an alleged hit-and-run that Asia Argento was involved in, and her position in this incident wasn't helped by the fact that a bottle of absinthe was found in her car (the liqueur was to be used as a prop in a music video that Asia was directing).
In June of 2001, Asia Argento gave birth to her first child, Anna Lou. The father is musician Marco Castoldi ("Morgan") from the Italian band Bluvertigo. In addition to her accomplishments in the world of film, Asia Argento has written a number of stories for magazines such as Dynamo and L'Espresso, while her first novel, titled I Love You, Kirk, was published in Italy in 1999.
Coin Locker Babies (2006)
Land of the Dead (2005)
Cindy: The Doll Is Mine (2005)
Last Days (2005)
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
The Keeper (2004)
Scarlet Diva (2000)
New Rose Hotel (1998)
The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
La Reine Margot (1994)
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