Franco Zeffirelli Overview:

Director, Franco Zeffirelli, was born Gianfranco Corsi on Feb 12, 1923 in Florence, Italy. As of December 2020, Franco Zeffirelli was 97 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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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.

Wrote the libretto for the Samuel Barber opera "Antony and Cleopatra" commissioned to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966.

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

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