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IN SICLIAN COMPANY

 

Book Cover & photos of AB in "It's a Wonderful Life"( James Stewart & Donna Reed), " Gilda" (Glenn Ford), Knock on Any Door" (Humphrey Bogart) and with George Clooney 

REVIEW:  "In Sicilian Company" is 98 year old Argentina Brunetti's long awaited bio-novel which spans three generations of her theatrical family, taking the reader around the world, over the last one hundred and fifty years, meeting some of the most famous and infamous personages of their time, including Emperors and Kings, Presidents and Dictators, Movie Moguls and Mafia Bosses, famous opera singers and renowned scientists plus movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the present. Beginning in the late 1800s in Sicily, Argentina enthusiastically and colorfully recounts the fascinating, outrageous and sometimes perilous encounters of her grandmother and mother, with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, General Pancho Villa in Mexico, Enrico Caruso in New York and Howard Hughes in Los Angeles. She tells all on many of the Hollywood Stars including Rudolph Valentino, Jerry Lewis and Ray Romano, as well as outlines the secrets to her longevity, special diets and exercise. This past paced, feel good book has something for everyone: mystery, romance, mayhem and comedy.  But most of all its about love and triumph over adversity. Once you start, you won't want to put it down until the very last page.  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Born in Buenos Aires in 1907, Argentina Brunetti began her show business career at the age of three, performing on stages throughout Europe, and South America. Since then, she has dubbed the voices of Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer in Italian, interviewed major Hollywood movie stars for the Voice of America during WW II, began her acting career in the classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life" and continued in 57 television programs & 68 movies, wrote and performed in daily radio shows, wrote songs and countless articles on Hollywood personalities and even authored university text books. In 2004,Argentina moved to Rome, Italy, living with her son and daughter-in-law and kept busy with her weekly Hollywood Stories weblog, teaching English to Italian students and completed her long awaited bio-novel "In Sicilian Company". She also began work on another book called "Prisoner of the Past". Argentina was recently the subject of a television documentary on her life and a series of radio interviews produced by the Italian State RAI International. She is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Argentina has been the recipient of numerous acting and journalistic awards and was knighted as a Cavalier of the Republic of Italy for her contributions to enhancing Italian - American relations. In September of 2005, she was nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. on 20 December, 2005, at 98 years of age Argentina passed away in her sleep. The day and month of her death were the same as the release date in 1946 of her first credited film, "It's a Wonderful Life"... and that it was.
Eulogy:  DATELINE - ROME, ITALY - 20 DECEMBER 2005:   ARGENTINA BRUNETTI passed away in her sleep last night at the age of 98.  She left us with the knowledge that she had fulfilled her dream of recounting the story of her theatrical family to the world and that her novel on this subject, “In Sicilian Company”, had finally been published.  Among her last wishes were that proceeds of her book and any future related movie or TV mini series would go to the Argentina Brunetti Foundation, to help needy children throughout the world.  She also did not want to have her ‘Argentina Brunetti‘s Hollywood Stories’ weekly weblog stopped.  Her son, Mario Brunetti, has promised his mother that all these programs will continue. Argentina’s entertainment legacy began in 1907 when she was born and baptized on the stage of the Arbeo Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her dream of following in her mother’s footsteps as an actress would not be daunted and through tenacity and determination, she overcame many adversities in her long life, following that dream, first expressing her artistic attributes as a painter and pianist in school, then appearing in stage plays all over the world, voice synchronizing motion pictures in Hollywood, followed by her acting in movies, beginning with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and television, totaling one hundred and thirty five films. She whttp://search.barnesandnoble.com/In-Sicilian-Company/Argentina-Brunetti/e/9781593930400?userid=On0yfITCuT&itm=1as also a song writer, radio script writer and talk show host, Voice of America narrator, Hollywood Foreign Press journalist, author and even weblogger. She has been honoured for her artistic and journalistic achievements throughout her career and was awarded the title of "Cavalier of the Republic" by the government of Italy, for her efforts in enhancing Italian – U.S. relations through her many positive film portrayals of Italians and Italian Americans. She has also been nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout her life, Argentina always had a positive attitude and considered life a series of challenges where anything and everything was possible if one made the required efforts. She not only hoped for a better world, but did many things to make it happen and for this she will be truly missed by family and friends around the world. Argentina will rest in peace along side her husband Miro at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

PUBLISHED 15 NOVEMBER 2005:  Bear Manor Media, P O Box 750. Boalsburg, PA 16827, Phone: 814-466-7555 Fax: 814-690-1559, ben@ritzbros.com   web site: http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/index.html  ISBN: 1593930402 - 280 pages

RELATED LINKS:

http:/www.argentinabrunetti.com   (Argentina Brunetti's Hollywood Stories Weekly Weblog)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0116230/ (IMDb Argentina Brunetti Filmography & Biography)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0013405/  (IMDb Mimi Aguglia Filmography & Biography

http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id92.html  (Publishers on line book ordering)

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