Roger Moore dies aged 89
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Italian actress Luisa Mattioli has died at the age of 85. The TV star was the third wife of the late Sir Roger Moore, who she was married to for 24 years.
Sadly, I can confirm it is the case
Family friends of the film and TV star confirmed she had been “ill for some time”.
On the death of his mother, the couple’s oldest son Mayfair restaurateur Geoffrey Moore, said: “Sadly, I can confirm it is the case.”
He was speaking from Switzerland, where Mattioli is understood to have been living at the time.
Another family member said: “Luisa was ill for some time, so it has been a difficult period for all the family.”
Mattioli met the former James Bond star while filming the 1962 Italian adventure comedy Romulus and the Sabines, and the couple share three children together, Geoffrey, Deborah, and Christian.
Despite her acrimonious split from Sir Roger, they were reconciled before his death.
They married at a ceremony in London in 1969 before officially divorcing in 2002, seven years after they first split when Moore left her for her best friend, Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup.
She wrote in her memoirs Nothing Lasts Forever, about how she felt betrayed by Tholstrup and discarded by Moore.
Their children refused to speak to the actor for some time after the divorce, but later reconciled with their father before his death.
Mattioli studied at the oldest film school in Western Europe, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
She landed her first on-screen role in 1959, at the age of 23 playing a maid in the Italian drama The Night of The Great Attack.
Two years later she was cast in Romulus and the Sabines.
When she met Moore, who died in 2017 aged 89, he was still married to his second wife, singer Dorothy Squires.
Following their affair which is said to have begun 1961, the Welsh songstress unleashed her fury by “smashing a guitar over his head”.
Recalling the incident in a previous interview, Moore said: “She threw a brick through my window.
“She reached through the glass and grabbed my shirt and she cut her arms doing it.”
He remembered what the police had said to her at the time: “They came and they said, ‘Madam, you’re bleeding’, and she said, ‘It’s my heart that’s bleeding.'”
Following a tense separation where Squires sued Moore for “loss of conjugal rights”, but Moore refused the court’s order to return to Squires in 28 days.
Upon news of her death, fans of the Italian rushed to social media to pay their respects.
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