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Born: June 28, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: producer, assistant costume designer, production assistant, production designer

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This daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, has followed in producing highly commercial fare. Raffaella De Laurentiis earned her stripes working for her father before striking out on her own, with such Rob Cohen-directed features as "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993), "Dragonheart" and "Daylight" (both 1996). As a teenager, De Laurentiis started her career in movies in the late 1960s working as an assistant in props and set dressing on her father's films. By 1973, she had become an assistant in costume design on Luchino Visconti's "Ludwig", but soon decided to move into film producing instead. She worked as a production assistant on another of her father's film, "Hurricane" (made in 1977, released 1979). While her initiation as producer came with the South Seas romance "Beyond the Reef" (1981), her sophomore effort, "Conan the Barbarian" (1981), brought her and her star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to international prominence. Before overseeing the sequel "Conan the Destroyer" (1985), De Laurentiis worked on David Lynch's overblown yet visually striking box-office bomb "Dune" (1984). The producer made motion picture history in 1986 with "Tai-Pan", the first American production to be...

This daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, has followed in producing highly commercial fare. Raffaella De Laurentiis earned her stripes working for her father before striking out on her own, with such Rob Cohen-directed features as "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993), "Dragonheart" and "Daylight" (both 1996).

As a teenager, De Laurentiis started her career in movies in the late 1960s working as an assistant in props and set dressing on her father's films. By 1973, she had become an assistant in costume design on Luchino Visconti's "Ludwig", but soon decided to move into film producing instead. She worked as a production assistant on another of her father's film, "Hurricane" (made in 1977, released 1979). While her initiation as producer came with the South Seas romance "Beyond the Reef" (1981), her sophomore effort, "Conan the Barbarian" (1981), brought her and her star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to international prominence. Before overseeing the sequel "Conan the Destroyer" (1985), De Laurentiis worked on David Lynch's overblown yet visually striking box-office bomb "Dune" (1984).

The producer made motion picture history in 1986 with "Tai-Pan", the first American production to be filmed in the Peoples Republic of China. Despite that cachet, the result was a confusing, badly acted, unsubtle adventure. The following year, De Laurentiis briefly joined her father's company as head of production, but struck out on her own in 1988. Her maiden effort, "Prancer" (1989), was a family Christmas story that disappeared faster than melting snow. By the 90s, however, she began to fare better, notably with the biopic of Bruce Lee, "Dragon", and other more action-oriented melodramas, including Ron Howard's profile of firefighters, "Backdraft" (1991) and "Kull the Conqueror" (1997), a mythical sword and sorcery epic starring Kevin Sorbo. De Laurentiis has occasionally worked in TV, notably co-executive producing (with Rob Cohen) four "Vanishing Son" TV-movies and a subsequent spin-off series.

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Began film career as a prop assistant and set dresser at age 15; advanced to art direction and costume design
1975:
Moved to Bora Bora to spend two years designing and supervising construction of the Hotel Marara, built to house the cast and crew of "Hurricane"
1977:
First job in production (as assistant), "Hurricane" (produced by father; released in 1979)
1981:
Produced first feature, "Beyond the Reef"
1985:
Produced first major American film to be shot in China, "Tai-Pan"
1987:
Named president of production, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (appointed January; announced resignation in August)
1988:
Formed Raffaella Productions, Inc.
1993:
Produced "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"; initial collaboration with director Rob Cohen
1994:
Executive produced "Vanishing Son" movies for TV
1996:
Produced "Dragonheart" and "Daylight"; both directed by Rob Cohen
1997:
Produced "Kull the Conquerer"
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Academy of Rome: -

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father:
Dino De Laurentiis. Survived him.
father:
Dino De Laurentiis. Producer. Divorced from De Laurentiis' mother in 1988.
mother:
Silvana Mangano. Actor. Divorced from De Laurentiis' father in 1988; died in December 1989.
mother:
Silvana Mangano. Had three.
step-mother:
Martha De Laurentiis. Had three children.
step-mother:
Martha De Laurentiis. Producer. Married Dino De Laurentiis in April 1990.
uncle:
Luigi De Laurentiis. Producer. Brother of Dino De Laurentiis.
uncle:
Luigi De Laurentiis. Had 13; only seven survived to adulthood; Formby was the fourth child and eldest survivor.
cousin:
Aurelio De Laurentiis. Producer. Son of Luigi De Laurentiis.
cousin:
Aurelio De Laurentiis. Saloon keeper. Irish immigrant.
brother:
Federico De Laurentiis. Producer. Died in 1981.
brother:
Federico De Laurentiis. Had two; survived him.
sister:
Veronica De Laurentiis. Has four.
sister:
Francesca De Laurentiis. Survived by ten nieces and nephews.
half-sister:
Carolyna De Laurentiis. Irish immigrant who had 13 children, John Ford the youngest.
half-sister:
Dina De Laurentiis. Formerly nephew; adopted at age 4 in 1992.
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