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Dino De Laurentiis Death: Giada Mourns Loss of Grandfather

Posted by on November 11, 2010 at 6:43 PM EST

dino de laurentiis deathDino De Laurentiis died today at the age of 91.

Legendary movie producer Dino De Laurentiis died today at the age of 91 in his Beverly Hills home. While there is no cause of death released just yet reports are that he was surrounded by friends and family when he went.

Dino De Laurentiis has produced some of the biggest, most successful and acclaimed movies of all time. Over his career he has produced more than 500 movies including Fellini’s “La Stradra,” 1976’s “King Kong,” “Blue Velvet,”  “Orca,” “Serpico” and “Hannibal.”

He won back to back Oscars in 1956 & 1957 for “La Strada” and “Nights of Cabiria” as well as winning the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2001. The Thalberg Award is the movie industry’s highest honor for a producer.

Dino De Laurentiis worked tirelessly on movies and was passionate about what he did. He is responsible for helping bring actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charles Bronson to the mainstream (he produced both “Death Wish” and “Conan the Barbarian”) and has worked with everyone from Anthony Hopkins to George C. Scott, Jane Fonda to Audrey Hepburn and Jessica Lang. His work spanned seven centuries, starting out in his native Italy where had served in the Italian military during WW2 then once the war was over he began working his way up through the ranks of the Italian movie industry. By the late 50’s his success had brought him to Hollywood. In 1956 he produced “War and Peace” and was immediately a Hollywood power player.

His granddaughter Giada De Laurentiis is a chef and the star of the Food Network’s shows “Everyday Italian” and “Giada at Home.” She issued a statement that read, “My grandfather was a true inspiration. He was my biggest champion in life and a constant source for wisdom and advice. I will miss him dearly.”
Dino De Laurentiis is survived by his third wife, Martha.



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