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Rodolfo Gucci
Rodolfo Gucci

(1912-07-16)16 July 1912
Died15 May 1983(1983-05-15) (aged 70)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Other namesMaurizio D'Ancora
Occupation(s)Actor, entrepreneur
(m. 1944; died 1954)
ChildrenMaurizio Gucci
RelativesAldo Gucci (brother)
Paolo Gucci (nephew)
Patricia Gucci (niece)

Rodolfo Gucci (16 July 1912 – 15 May 1983), also known by his stage name Maurizio D'Ancora, was an Italian actor and entrepreneur, who appeared in more than 40 films between 1929 and 1946. He was a member of the Gucci family. His only child, Maurizio Gucci, was named after his stage name.

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Rodolfo Gucci was born in 1912 in Florence, Italy to Aida Calvelli and Guccio Gucci.[1] He was one of five sons and one daughter.

He was spotted by the director Alfred Lind who gave him his film debut in 1929. The same year he appeared in Mario Camerini's Rails, which launched his career.[2] He used Maurizio D'Ancora as his screen name. While filming Together in the Dark, he met his future wife.[3] He was married in 1944 in Venice, Italy to the actress Sandra Ravel.[3][4] Their only child was born in 1948, Maurizio, named after his father's stage name.[3]

Member of the Gucci Family

He was one of the five sons of Guccio Gucci, founder of the eponymous fashion house. In January 1953, D'Ancora left acting and returned to the family business after the death of his father.[4] In 1952, Rodolfo and his brothers Aldo and Vasco traveled to New York City.[1] They opened the first Gucci store outside of Italy in New York City, only two weeks before their father's death.[1] In 1967, he created the Gucci Flora scarf for Grace Kelly.[4]

After their brother Vasco Gucci died in 1974, Rodolfo and Aldo divided the business among themselves 50/50.[5] However, Aldo's sons felt that Rodolfo had not contributed enough to the growth of the business.[5] In an attempt to increase his profits, Aldo set up a perfume subsidiary and held 80 percent of its ownership for himself and his three sons.[5] This rivalry eventually spiralled into family warfare.[5]

Death and legacy

Rodolfo Gucci died in 1983 in Milan.[6] After his death, his son Maurizio Gucci inherited his majority stake in the company and became the majority shareholder. After a nearly six-year legal battle for control over Gucci against Aldo Gucci, in 1989 Maurizio Gucci was made chairman of the Gucci group.[7] Maurizio did not have a background in business, and by 1993 the business was in dire economic and creative straits.[5] That year Maurizio Gucci resigned and sold his remaining interest to Investcorp, ending the Gucci family's association with the company.[5] In 1995, Maurizio Gucci was gunned down by a hired hit man. In 1998, his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was convicted of arranging the killing.[8]

In popular culture

In the film House of Gucci (2021), Rodolfo Gucci is played by English actor Jeremy Irons.[9]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1929 Rails Giorgio Originally made as a silent film.
1929 Girls Do Not Joke [10]
1931 Figaro and His Great Day Asdrubale Chiodini [11]
1932 Venus Il giovane Italo-Americano [12]
1932 The Old Lady Fausto
1932 Five to Nil
1933 Together in the Dark
1933 Tourist Train
1934 The Canal of the Angels
1935 Those Two
1935 Golden Arrow
1935 Territorial Militia
1935 Ginevra degli Almieri
1936 The Ambassador
1936 Beggar's Wedding Umberto Tappi
1938 Nonna Felicità
1938 The Ancestor
1939 No Man's Land
1939 Heartbeat Yves
1939 The Boarders at Saint-Cyr Renato Marchand
1939 The Document L'ingegnere Pezzini detto 'Pallino'
1939 The Hotel of the Absent Il giovanetto galante
1939 The Night of Tricks Filippo [13]
1940 Don Pasquale Ernesto Film is loosely based on Giovanni Ruffini's libretto for Gaetano Donizetti's opera buffa Don Pasquale.
1940 One Hundred Thousand Dollars Paolo
1943 Annabella's Adventure Roberto [14]
1943 Charley's Aunt Guidobaldo
1943 Special Correspondents Galletti
1946 Biraghin Paolo


  1. ^ a b c "Guccio Gucci". Fashion Elite. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. ^ Landy, Marcia (1998). The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in the Italian Cinema, 1930–1943. SUNY Press. p. 182. ISBN 9780791438039.
  3. ^ a b c Forden, Sara G. (8 May 2012). The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. Harper Collins. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-06-222267-1.
  4. ^ a b c "Guccio Gucci". The Florentine. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2020. the Flora scarf, created in 1967 by his son, Rodolfo, for Grace Kelly.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Claire (6 January 2006). "PrimeTime: Gucci, Glamour and Greed". ABC News. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Rodolfo Gucci Is Dead at 71; Brother in Leather Goods Firm (Published 1983)". The New York Times. 16 May 1983. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  7. ^ "GUCCI RESTORES ITS TARNISHED IMAGE". Financial Review. 19 October 1990. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  8. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (4 November 1998). "Former Wife Given 29 Years for Ordering Gucci Slaying (Published 1998)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  9. ^ "House of Gucci Cast vs. Real Life". E!. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  10. ^ Redi, Riccardo (1999). Cinema muto italiano (1896–1930) (in Italian). Fondazione Scuola nazionale di cinema. p. 201. ISBN 978-88-317-7330-0.
  11. ^ Celli, C.; Cottino-Jones, M. (8 January 2007). A New Guide to Italian Cinema. Springer. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-230-60182-6.
  12. ^ Poppi, Roberto (2002). I registi: dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore. p. 56. ISBN 9788884401717.
  13. ^ Moliterno, Gino (2020). Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-5381-1947-1.
  14. ^ Moliterno, Gino (2009). The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 25. ISBN 9780810870598.

Further reading

  • Landy, Marcia. The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in the Italian Cinema, 1930–1943. SUNY Press, 1998.

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