Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian
Italian Embassy, London, May 26, 2005
Stella della Solidarietà Italiana
An honorific originally established
in 1947 to
recognize the achievements of Italians and foreigners who played a
distinguished role in the reconstruction of Italy after World War
In more recent times it has been
bestowed on individuals who have helped to promote the country abroad.
Colin's name was included among those announced by President Ciampi on January 7, 2005.
Top Italian honour for Colin Firth
"We were delighted
to honour Colin Firth in this way," says a spokesman
for the Italian ambassador, Giancarlo Aragona. "He has made a
significant contribution to the promotion of Italy's image in the UK
and has collaborated extensively with the Italian Cultural Institute in
London in staging numerous literary events."
Among those events
were readings from Primo Levi and Sciascia, as well as an evening
dedicated to author Tomasi di Lampedusa's seminal work Il Gattopardo (The Leopard).
Firth, 44, is
married to Italian producer Livia Giuggioli and they have two children.
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