The curiosities about Hollywood actors never finish. Especially when you discover their origins from italian villages. Did you know for example that the father of Robert De Niro was from the village of Ferrazzano, in Molise? Or that the Father and the mother of Al Pacino came respectively from the villages, both Sicilian, San Fratello and Corleone?
Just today someone on the network has pointed out that a few years ago, the BBC television program "Who do you think you are?" has retraced and rediscovered the Tuscan origins of the actress Susan Sarandon. The beautiful American star, who in his incredible career he worked with the più Hollywood filmmakers and not only (just to name a few the great Mario Monicelli, Billy Wilder, Louis Malle, Tony and Ridley Scott, Tim Robbins, Paul Schrader.. Up to Robert Altman, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford and Peter Jackson), è was the protagonist of some of the films of the most successful of the last forty years, starting from The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983), The Witches of Eastwick (George Miller, 1987), Thelma&Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991) and Dead Man walking (Tim Robbins, 1995), for which she won the Oscar in 1996 as Best Actress, up to The company you keep (Robert Redford, 2012) and Cloud Atlas (Andy and Lana Wachowsky, 2012).
Thanks to the program of the BBC Susan Sarandon went on the hills between Barga and Coreglia Antelminelli, in the Sarchio Valley, to rediscover its origins. The great-grandfather of the actress was actually called Mansueto Rigali, was born in the far 1855 in Loppia, a locality near the village of Coreglia Antelminelli. He was the father of Anita Rigali, mother of Susan's mother, Leonora Criscione. During the visit the actress even meet the cousin Gilberto Rigali in Piano, another locality in the territory of Coreglia.
The curiosity toward these news never ceases to surprise us, even if occasionally we're pleased to be able to boast of these degrees of separation, letting fantasy roam and to discover that the village in which we live has a further and small motif of harmless vanity. Reveals to us in reality why our villages are not a world apart, as we might think, but the wealth of their history and of the stories of the people who have lived there or that from here are gone, going sometimes very far to give a greater fortune to their children and grandchildren (in these cases the goals has been achieved, the excellent results that pay sacrifices) makes us more aware of our roots, and why today is still important discover them again,to keep and preserve them.
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