Published Date   19th Jan. 2017, 18:52 pm  Update Date: April 4th, 2017  06:39 am
Quick Info
Birth Name: Gianfranco Zeffirelli
Date of Birth: 12/02/1923
Age: 101 years old
Nationality: Italian
Qualification: Art and architecture from University of Florence

The director and producer Franco Zeffirelli movies have been exquisite and extremely famous all around the world. He is known for his production and direction of operas on film and television. Also a former senator, this personality is known for his movies like Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and many more classics.


Franco Zeffirelli is a native of Florence, Tuscany, Italy and a highly sought after Italian personality. He has been the recipient of an Academy Award for his direction and his miniseries and movies are classic styled entertainment pieces liked and respected by a lot of people around the world. He has also had a military service for three years in the past.


Franco Zeffirelli was born on the 12th of February, 1923. Franco Zeffirelli age is already 93 years. He was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.  His parents are fashion designer Adelaide Garosi and silk dealer Ottorino Corsi. He was the result of an extra-marital relationship and was named Gianfranco Zeffirelli.

Early Life and education

Franco Zeffirelli’s mother died when he was merely six years of age and he grew up with the English expatriate community. He was enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze for his education. He then entered the University of Florence and studied art and architecture there.

Career and Net Worth

Franco Zeffirelli career started, not from movies but as a military man. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the British Army.

Franco Zeffirelli movies career started first in the year 1967. He started off as the director for a version of The Taming of the Shrew. He shortly released the documentary called Florence: Days of Destruction, about the Florence floods, which was hugely popular.

Franco Zeffirelli movies career came to a breakthrough when he presented the story of two teenagers in the film Romeo and Juliet in the year 1968. The movie was a critical and financial success, thus making Franco Zeffirelli career grow in name and fame. The movie is still liked and followed by many.

Franco Zeffirelli movies include the likes of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, released in the year 1972 and another one called Jesus of Nazareth in the year 1977. Both movies saw successful l ratings.

Other movies of Franco Zeffirelli include the likes of ‘The Champ’, ‘Endless Love’ etc. Franco Zeffirelli Hamlet was released on 1990 and he followed its success by another successful movie called Jane Eyre.

Franco Zeffirelli career on opera consists of being a part of productions of Tosca, Don Giovanni etc. Franco Zeffirelli net worth has grown considerably because of his opera productions of La Boheme and Turandot too. Franco Zeffirelli net worth actual amount has not been released, however, it is said that he earns a great deal.

Personal Life, spouse, and Girlfriend

Franco Zeffirelli is known for being one about his person life in the early years of his relationship. As of recently, however, he has chosen to be discreet about it.

In a bold step, Franco Zeffirelli came out as gay on the year 1996. He has at times considered himself to be a homosexual, rather than gay. He is a believer of the fact that the term gay sounds less elegant.

Franco Zeffirelli has adopted two sons who were adults when adopted. He has lived and worked with his sons for several years. He is now under the care of his sons. Franco Zeffirelli movies have portrayed the magic of literature, and his personal life seems to be no less than any.

Franco Zeffirelli has also been indulged in several kinds of criticism. He has been criticized for his so-called blasphemous recreation of biblical figures in films. He has also been criticized by gay members for back in the Roman Catholic Church and its and homosexual issues, despite being gay.

Other controversies that have surrounded Franco Zeffirelli include being called a molester. It has been accused that Franco Zeffirelli had targeted director Bruce Robinson in an unwanted way during the filming of Romeo and Juliet. The rumors have however not been known to be true.

Franco Zeffirelli has never been married.

Awards, Achievements, and Recognition

Franco Zeffirelli movies are what have made him a highly recognized and followed personality off screen. His production and direction skills are unparalleled. This can be proven by the fact, that he was the recipient of the Academy Award for his production skills and direction skills portrayed in the movie Romeo and Juliet.

Franco Zeffirelli is also the Grande Ufficiale OMRI of the Italian Republic since the year 1977. He has also received the honorary knighthood from the British government on 2004 and was created the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Apart from that, he has also been the recipient of the Premio Colosseo by the city of Rome in the year 2009.

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