He was born in Rimini.
The first movie Fellini directed was Lo Sceicco Bianco (1951), with Alberto Sordi, written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Ennio Flaiano. In making this movie Fellini met Nino Rota, the musician that would follow him for the successful rest of his carrer.
Apart from making films he also wrote scripts for radio shows, for movies (mainly for Rossellini) and wrote comic gags for well known actors like Aldo Fabrizi. Fellini also produced several drawings (mostly pencil on paper), often humoristic portraits. It is with these works that young Fellini encountered cinema: his first success was in drawing advertising pictures for movies.
During Fascism an Avanguardista, his first writings were for Alleanza Cinematografica Italiana (ACI), a production company of Vittorio Mussolini, son of Benito, who introduced him to Roberto Rossellini.
In 1944, when Fascism was over, he opened a shop in Rome in which he sold these drawings. The shop was named (in English) The Funny Face Shop, and contained works from Fellini and De Seta, Verdini, Camerini, Scarpelli, Majorana, Guasta, Giobbe, Attalo, Migneco (all writers, directors or otherwise intellectuals working for Italian cinema). In the same year started his contribution to Rossellini's Roma Città Aperta, with Aldo Fabrizi. Fellini took also part in writing another of Rossellini's movies: Paisà. He wrote also for other directors as Alberto Lattuada, Pietro Germi and Luigi Comencini.
In 1945 Fellini had a son who survived for only 2 weeks; it was the only son of Fellini and Giulietta Masina.
In 1948 Fellini acted in Rossellini's Il Miracolo.
In 1993 he received an Academy Award (Oscar) for his lifetime achievement.
He died in Rome.
Federico Fellini Facts
|January 20, 1920
|Date of death
|October 31, 1993 (age 73)
|1993 Academy Awards: Honorary Award
|La dolce vita
|Nights of Cabiria