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Franco Zeffirelli
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    (February 12, 1923-June 15, 2019)
    Born in Florence, Italy
    Birth name is Gianfranco Corsi
    Directed 'The Taming of the Shrew' (1967), 'Romeo and Juliet' (1968), 'The Champ' (1979), 'Endless Love' (1981), 'Hamlet' (1990), 'Jane Eyre' (1996) and 'Tea with Mussolini' (1999)
    Directed the TV mini-series 'Jesus of Nazareth' (1977)
    Directed several operas including 'La Boheme' at La Scala (1963), 'Falstaff' at the Met (1964), 'Tosca' at the Convent Garden (1965) and 'Norma' at the Paris Opera (1965)
    Actor Bruce Robinson claims to have been sexually assaulted by Zeffirelli during the filming of 'Romeo and Juliet.'
    He filmed 17-year-old Olivia Hussey topless in 'Romeo and Juliet.'
    He was nominated for a worst director Razzie for 'Endless Love.'
    He said, 'There should be a death penalty for women who have abortions.'
    During World War II, he was an anti-fascist partisan.
    His 'Romeo and Juliet' was the first film version to cast teenagers as the leads.
    He was the first Italian to receive an honorary knighthood from Britain.
    He said, 'You have a voice and you have to use it. You might be spreading the wrong gospel, but at least you do something.'

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