When I interviewed director Cristina Comencini she told me of the actresses she always wanted for her movies. The late Virna Lisi was one of them, and Angela Finocchiaro, “Oh, and Margherita Buy, of course!”
Here are the Top Ten Things To Know About Italy’s Top Actress
1) She’s A Winner. She was named Best Actress (the David di Donatello Awards) in 2015 (Mia Madre), 2013 (Viaggio Sola), 2008 (Giorni e Nuvole), 1999 (Fuori Dal Mondo), and 1991 (La Stazione), more times than even Sophia Loren, She’s won Best Supporting Actress twice, and she’s been nominated sixteen times. That’s not even counting the Golden Globes and all her other awards.
2) She admitted in an interview that she’s lost one of her Davids.
3) She’s worked for practically everybody, from Silvio Soldini, to Comencini, to Ferzan Ozpetek, to Nanni Moretti, to Giuseppe Tornatore…( I could do this all day. Everyone wants La Buy.)
4) She’s 54 today and fabulous, looking youthful, beautiful, and getting as many movie roles as ever. Coming soon, Ivano De Matteo’s La Vita Possibile, also starring Valeria Golino (another gorgeous woman who is over 50 and fabulous.)
5) She used to be married to Sergio Rubino and she lives a very un-diva-like life in Rome.
6) She’s equally good in comedy and in drama. She was just cute as a button and very funny in Carlo Verdone’s Maledetto Il Giorno Che Ti H’Incontrato (Damned The Day I Met You), powerfully emotional in Silvio Soldini’s Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds), and a little of both in Nanni Moretti’s latest, Mia Madre (Mia Madre).
7) Americans would adore her but she says she’s too lazy to learn English. That’s OK Margherita, most of us can’t speak Italian.
8) When asked about how it was going with men these days she says, “Not good. But the problem there is me. I don’t have an easy-going nature.” And, “It’s all over anyway. Enough. I’ve never understood love”.)
9) She stars with Sabrina Ferilli in Io E Lei, Italy’s first feature film about a lesbian couple.
10) We can watch a couple of her films in the US with subtitles:
Giorni e Nuvole – Days and Clouds (English Subtitled)
Viaggia Sola – A Five Star Life (English Subtitled)