Born in 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, Bellucci originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to earn money for school, and this led to her modeling career. In 1988, she moved to one of Europe's fashion centers, Milan, and joined Elite Model Management. Although enjoying great success as a model, she made her acting debut on TV in 1990, and her American film debut in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
in 1996, Bellucci won international acclaim when she appeared in the French film, L'Appartement(1996), receiving a Caesar nomination (the French equivalent of the Academy Awards) for her performance. She fell in love with her co-star, French actor Vincent Cassel, and the two were not only married in 1999 but have co-starred in several more films since.
Bellucci made her French-language debut in 1996's award-winning romance L'Appartement (The_Apartment). She earned a César nomination for her performance in the role, as well as began dating her co-star, French actor Vincent_Cassel. The couple (who married a few years later) re-teamed onscreen immediately, portraying comically troubled lovers in the gender-bending romance Come_Mi_Vuoi (As_You_Want_Me) (1996) and murderous bank robbers in Jan_Kounen's infamous thriller Dobermann (1997).