Gina Lollobrigida, an Italian actor who rose to fame in international cinema during the 1950s and was labelled “the most beautiful woman in the world” after the title of one of her films, passed away on Monday in Rome, according to her agent. She was 95 years old.
Lollobrigida was embroiled in a long-running legal battle with her estranged son Milko Skofic Jr. over her fortune. Lollobrigida has hired a mafia-busting Andrea Piazzolla lawyer as she battles her own son for control of her £ 35 million fortune.
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Who is Andrea Piazzolla?
Piazolla was Italian actor Gina Lollobrigida’s assistant. He was born in 1989.
The legendary actor Lollobrigida often described Piazolla as the “best person she has ever known.”
At least ten years had passed since Piazzolla, then 24 years old, started working as Lollobrigida’s driver.
After that, he was elevated to the position of her handyman, then manager, before relocating to her home with his partner.
Since Piazzolla frequently attended award ceremonies on Lollobrigida’s arm, there has been speculation regarding how close the two had grown.
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He is suspected of taking over the company Vissi D’arte, which oversees Lollobrigida’s assets, and using it to sell three opulent residences and purchase a Ferrari sports car. This is alleged to have occurred at least in 2015.
Additionally, Piazzolla was charged with transferring thousands of euros from the movie star’s fortune using bank accounts in his parents’ names.
The most recent legal dispute involved 350 works of art and antiquities that Piazzolla is accused of selling without Lollobrigida’s knowledge and are believed to be worth £250,000.
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A man close to Lollobrigida has previously been charged with attempting to steal her riches. In 2020, Lollobrigida accused Javier Rigau y Rafols, her former toyboy lover, of tricking her into marriage so he could inherit her wealth.
She apparently intended to get married to the 58-year-old for over 20 years while she was with him, but the star put off the wedding.