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|Simona Marchini with children in Benin.|
Actress, singer and manager of a contemporary art gallery in Rome, Simona Marchini has been active in the arts since the 1960s, promoting cultural events and organizing opera performances in several theatres across Italy. As an actress, she is well known for her work in radio and television and for her role in some of the major theatrical successes of the past 20 years, such as ‘Rugantino’.
As a Goodwill Ambassador of the Italian Committee for UNICEF since 1987, she has promoted cultural activities and galas to benefit UNICEF. She has created a group of artists supporting UNICEF (including Roberto Bolle, awarded the title of ‘étoile’ at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and famous opera singers Mariella Devia, Leo Nucci and Vincenzo La Scola). She has also appeared in radio and television spots to support UNICEF fundraising campaigns. She has visited UNICEF projects in Benin and Togo, resulting in a documentary shown on Italy’s main television network and in successful fundraising campaigns for both countries.
In recognition of her contribution to the cause of children, Simona Marchini was invited to meet United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Celebrity Advocacy for the New Millennium meeting in New York in June 2002.