Luisa Mattioli dead: Italian actress and third wife of Roger Moore died aged 85

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Luisa Mattioli, the third wife of James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, has died aged 85 after being “ill for a while”

Luisa Mattioli, Sir Roger Moore’s third wife, has died aged 85

Italian actress Luisa Mattioli has died aged 85.

The third wife of Sir Roger Moore’s death has been confirmed by family members, who said the film and TV star has been “ill for some time”.

Luisa and the James Bond actor were married for 24 years and had three children together. They originally met on the set of the 1962 Italian adventure comedy Romulus and the Sabine Women.

Despite their separation in 1993, the couple did not officially divorce until 2002. Sir Roger left Luisa for his best friend, Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup.

Luisa’s death was confirmed by the couple’s eldest son, Geoffrey. The Mayfair restaurateur said: “Unfortunately, I can confirm that is the case.”

He commented from Switzerland, where Luisa is said to have lived at the time of her death.








Sir Roger Moore and Luisa Mattioli met on the set of Romulus and the Sabine Women
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Another family member commented: “Luisa had been ill for some time, so it was a difficult time for the whole family. Despite her acrimonious separation from Sir Roger, they reconciled before his death.”

The actress was born in San Stino di Livenza, Veneto, and went on to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the oldest film school in Western Europe.

Her first recognized role came at the age of 23 when she played a role in the 1959 Italian drama The Night of the Great Attack. She was playing the role of a servant.





It was two years later that she starred alongside Sir Roger in the hit film Romulus and the Sabine Women.

The actor was still married to his second wife, Dorothy Squires, at the time.

Sir Roger and Dorothy separated soon after and he married Luisa in a ceremony in London in 1969. The couple shared three children together; Geoffrey, Deborah and Christian.








Sir Roger and Luisa were married in London in 1969
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In her memoirs later in life, Luisa commented on how she had felt “betrayed” by her best friend and “rejected” by her husband.

Following the news of his death, fans and famous faces took to social media to share their condolences.

Film producer Jonathan Sothcott wrote on Twitter: “We are very sad to hear that Luisa Moore (Luisa Mattioli) has passed away. Mother of our dear friends Geoffrey & Deborah. A glamorous, wonderful woman and a wonderful mom. RIP. All our love, Jonathan & @JanineNerissa. ”

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