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Violante Placido stars in "Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance," opposite Nicolas Cage, as Nadya.

Violante Placido was nominated for the prestigious David di Donatello Award (which is her native Italy's Oscars equivalent), in the Best Actress category, for her performance in Giovanni Veronesi's "Che ne sara di noi."

She has twice been nominated for the Silver Ribbon award by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, for her performances in Lucio Pellegrini's "Ora o mai piu" and Sergio Rubini's "L'anima gemella," alongside Valentina Cervi. She and Cervi shared the Wella Prize, for their work in the latter film, at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival; six years later at the Festival, Placido was awarded the Kineo Prize for her performance in Claudio Cupellini's "Lezioni di Cioccolato."

The daughter of actor/director Michele Placido (of "The Caiman") and actress Simonetta Stefanelli (of "The Godfather"), Violante Placido's made her feature starring debut in Enza Negroni's "Jack Frusciante e uscito dal gruppo," adapted from the popular novel of the same name. She has since appeared in over two dozen movies, including Oliver Parker's "Fade to Black," opposite Danny Huston as Orson Welles. In 2009, she starred in the Hindi film "Barah Aana," directed by Raja Menon.

In 2010, she was directed by Anton Corbjin in "The American," as Clara, George Clooney's lover.

In 2011 she was directed in "The Guetteur," a French movie directed by her father, the Italian director Michele Placido, alongside Daniel Autueil, Matthieu Kassowitz, and Italian actor Luca Argentero ("Eat Pray Love").

In 2005, she released an album of self-penned songs entitled "Don't Be Shy," many of them performed in English, which was followed by a tour across Italy. Placido is now on tour presenting the songs of her new album coming out in spring 2012 from the indie-label Mescal.


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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: May 1, 1976
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

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