ABOUT ArgentinaBrunetti










"In Sicilian Company" is the late 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 it is about love and triumph over adversity. Once you start, you won't want to put it down until the very last page.
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 was 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.