One of my favorite things about the movie Letters to Juliet was the beautiful Italian countryside. It definitely made me put a visit to Italy on my bucket list. Another was these two beautiful actors.
When Vanessa Redgrave first appeared on the screen I was actually a little taken back by how beautiful she looked. She almost appeared to be a younger woman who had been aged for her role in the movie ... I think because of the way she carried herself. I thought she was radiant.
And then, much later in the movie, came her Lorenzo.
My, oh my, oh my.
As soon as they showed that handsome face ...... and then he recognized her as his Claire ... be still my heart. (Were you crying, or was it just me? And weren't you so thinking that he better be single????)
Well did you know that Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave had the same thing happen in real life? With each other? I just read this in PEOPLE magazine. (I love this story!)
In 1967 Vanessa Redgrave was cast to play Guenevere opposite a very handsome Italian actor named Franco Nero in Camelot. (This is so romantic.) At the time, Vanessa was 29 and a mother of two. Franco was 24.
When he saw her on the movie set dressed in blue jeans with holes in them, no makeup and glasses, he asked the director, "Are you sure you made the right choice?"
Then Vanessa sent him a note in Italian asking him over for dinner. Nero said, "A beautiful lady opened the door and I told her I had been invited by Miss Vanessa Redgrave ... then this beautiful lady said, 'I am she.'"
So began an affair that led to the birth of their son, Carlo, in 1969. But shortly afterwards, the relationship ended. Franco moved to Italy, Vanessa stayed here. They lived their separate lives .... sigh.
Until 30 years later. They revived their friendship, which later became something more.
"I feel like I've been married to Vanessa since 1967 ... When you rediscover love, it's even stronger."
Vanessa says, "You're not impatient to turn somebody into something they're not. You just love them for who they are."