Franco Zeffirelli Overview:

Director, Franco Zeffirelli, was born Gianfranco Corsi on Feb 12, 1923 in Florence, Italy. As of December 2022, Franco Zeffirelli was 99 years old.



Although Zeffirelli was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1968Best DirectorRomeo and Juliet (1968)N/ANominated

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Member of the Italian Parliament from 1994 to 2001 for the rightist party Forza Italia, led by Silvio Berlusconi.

He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Set Designer of 2003 for Absolutely! (Perhaps) performed at Wyndham's Theatre.

For one scene in Romeo and Juliet (1968/I), Zeffirelli had to get special permission to show Olivia Hussey topless. Even so, Ms. Hussey was not allowed to attend the premier because of her age and the film's rating, even through the only bare breasts in the entire film were her own.

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