Franco Zeffirelli Biography

Director (1923–)
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli is known for his authentic set designs and Shakespeare film adaptations, including 1967’s The Taming of the Shrew.


Franco Zeffirelli was born on February 12, 1923, in Florence, Italy. After World War II ended, he moved to Rome and became an actor and stage director, eventually transitioning into stage design. He worked on opera and stage productions from the 1950s through the early 2000s. Zeffirelli is also known for Shakespeare film adaptations, including The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet.

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