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Zeffirelli in May 2008

Franco Zeffirelli, KBE (12 February 1923 – 15 June 2019) was an Italian director and producer of movies and television. He was also a opera director and designer of Italian operas.

He was a former senator of Catania (1994–2001). His political party was the Forza Italia party.

He received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[1]

Zeffirelli was born Gianfranco Zeffirelli on 12 February 1923 in Florence, Italy. He was openly gay.[2] In 2007 and 2018, he was accused of harassing an actor and a movie director.[3] Zeffirelli died after a long-illness on 15 June 2019 in Rome at the age of 96.[4]


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