At 78, Ornella Vanoni is as energetic as ever.
The singer/actress has become one of Italy's most iconic cultural figures, having thrived throghout a half a century of the country's musical evolution. Surprisingly, she manages to show more passion and energy for music than many of the younger acts that come and go on Italian television.
Born in Milan in 1934, Vanoni starts out as a theater actress. The '50s give Vanoni a chance to meet the great theatrical producer Giorgio Strehler, but she has continually been drawn to music.
Her meeting with songwriter Gino Paoli, and their following brief relationship, generated a wave of creativity that still continues today, as the two often reunite for a song or two.
Vanoni's lasting legacy remains strongly tied to the '60s, when she interpreted what have since become Italian classics: "Una ragione in più" (One More Reason), "Domani è un altro giorno" (Tomorrow is Another Day) and "Mi sono innamorata di te" (I Fell in Love With You).
-- Nicola Orichuia
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