By Silvia Bulckaen
January 11, 207
Florida: goodbye to Manlio Rocchetti, the makeup artist Oscar winner
It 'happened last night. At his home in Florida Manlio Rocchetti died, the makeup artist of the stars. A professional with great ability, a talent that led him in 1980 to win the Emmy award for his make-up work on Lonesome Dove. But it was only the beginning. His fame in fact was destined to grow inexorably. In 1990 came the turning point. Manlio Rocchetti won the Academy Award for Best Makeup for the film "Driving Miss Daisy". For Driving Miss Daisy he deserved a statuette, which rewarded a life entirely devoted to hair and makeup. Manlio Rocchetti is in fact the son of artists. Since 1874 his family, with the laboratory Rocchetti wigs in Rome, provided wigs and hairpieces to the entertainment industry, first at the theater, after that for television and film. Manlius was born in 1943 in this very vibrant and stimulating environment. And naturally he entered the world of show business which was in his veins and would become his destiny.
Make-up artist which was directed by his uncle, who urges him to debut with the film Green by Renato Castellani. And from there begins a meteoric rise, which led him to be the make-up artist most coveted by film and television. Manlio Rocchetti worked with directors of the caliber of Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, Ettore Scola, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese.
Nearly all movie stars have passed through his hands: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins , Liza Minnelli, Keanu Reeves. Among the Italians were Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale and Michele Placido. Since 2011 the great experience of Manlio Rocchetti has been promoted and valued by the National Film of Bologna, at which the make-up artist was a professor of makeup and special effects. "I still cannot believe it, it seems impossible to me" continues to repeat Thomas Paolicchi, make-up artist and student of Manlio Rocchetti - he was an extraordinary teacher, the great talent ... I owe him my training to be a make-up artist." But it is the memory of a man, that moves the student. "He was a simple man, who recommended us to remain humble, even in a job like this that leads to contact with the gilded world of success. I am honored to have had him as a teacher. "
Born: 1943, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 1/10/2017, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Manlio Rocchetti’s westerns – make-up:
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1989
Geronimo an American Legend – 1993
The Ballad of Lucky Whipple (TV) – 2001
Brokeback Mountain - 2005