Lady Gaga wowed in a stunning white bridal gown as she filmed the House Of Gucci biopic in Rome, Italy, on Thursday.
The 35-year-old actress looked incredible as she transformed into ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani to shoot her wedding to Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver.
The Ridley Scott autobiographical drama documents Reggiani’s marriage, divorce and subsequent plot to murder ex-husband.
Wow: Lady Gaga wowed in a voluminous bridal gown as she filmed the House Of Gucci biopic in Milan
Patrizia and Maurizio married in 1973 when they were both aged around 24-years-old and went on to have two children – Alessandra and Allegra.
It is believed that the wedding caused a rift with Maurizio’s ‘overprotective’ father Rodolfo at the time who ‘disapproved’ of Patrizia’s background, reports The Guardian.
Gaga stars as the ‘black widow’ opposite her on-screen husband Adam Driver, who is playing Maurizio Gucci, heir to the celebrated Italian fashion empire.
The film, which documents Reggiani’s sensational plot to murder her ex-husband, is based on the novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden.
Stunning: The 35-year-old actress looked incredible as she transformed into ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani to shoot her wedding to Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver
Plot: The Ridley Scott autobiographical drama documents Reggiani’s marriage, divorce and subsequent plot to murder ex-husband
Reggiani was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire.
Her husband had left her for another woman 10 years previously after telling her he was going on a short business trip, from which he never returned.
She was also said to be furious her former husband had started seeing other women, and feared her daughters’ $170million inheritance was at risk if he remarried before ordering the hit.
She also wanted more than the $650,000 she had been offered in a divorce settlement, the court heard.
Wedding: Patrizia and Maurizio married in 1973 when they were both aged around 24-years-old and went on to have two children – Alessandra and Allegra
Reggiani eventually hired hitman Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci dead on the steps of his office in Milan as he arrived for work. Ceraulo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
She was convicted after her clairvoyant and confidante Pina Auriemma turned informer and told police about the plot.
During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories.
The court heard how she had ordered the murder of her husband after he offered her $650,000 in a divorce settlement.
She was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 – with her pet ferret Bambi as a companion for some of the time – before being released in October 2014.
Having Bambi by her side was a special privilege negotiated by her lawyers — however he was to suffer an unfortunate demise when a fellow inmate accidentally sat on him.
Shocking: Reggiani, pictured with Maurizio, was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 before being released in October 2014
Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Reggiani once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle’ and turned down the offer of day release while in prison because it would have meant doing ‘menial’ work.
In 2017 a court ruled Reggiani was entitled to receive £900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune and she was given a lump sum of £16million for her time in prison.
Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the fashion company made famous with its double G logo.
In the early 1990s it was hit by problems and he sold the label for $120 million, just two years before his death.
The new film is scheduled to go on general release from November 24 2021.
The Gucci empire
The fashion empire of Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, a Florentine leather merchant whose business of selling leather travel bags prospered after the Depression and World War Two.
Guccio’s son Aldo expanded the business into Paris, New York and Tokyo as the ‘twin Gs’ of the family name became a worldwide fashion icon.
By 1974, the Gucci empire numbered 14 stores and 46 franchised boutiques around the world.
At around the same time, celebrities like Jackie Kennedy were helping establish Gucci as the world’s leading fashion brand by embracing its products.
Maurizio Gucci, Guccio’s grandson and Aldo’s nephew, took control of the company from the board of directors after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986 aged 81.
However, Maurizio would be the last member of the family to head the Gucci business.
By 1989, nearly 50 per cent of the business had been bought out by Investcorp, a group of investment bankers angling for shares of the business.
In 1993, Maurizio sold his holding for $170m to a Bahrain-based investment company.