House of Gucci: the true story that inspired the film with Lady Gaga

Behind many successful movie storylines, series, and film novels there is often a true story. The House of Gucci movie is based on dramatic real events: theassassination sponsored by Patrizia Reggiani.

The love story between Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci

The drama that occurred in 1995 had yet started like a fairy tale. It is with this “pink” phase that the film with Adam Driver and Lady Gaga.

Ridley Scott’s feature film is from Sara Gay Forden’s book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed paru en 2000.

Maurizio Gucci is the son of Italian actress Sandra Ravel, and Rodolfo Gucci, grandson of Guccio Gucci, heir to the house of the same name which he manages with his brother Aldo. Patrizia Reggiani is the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur who made his fortune in road transport. She belongs to the golden youth of Milan, and it is during an evening that she meets Maurizio.

Mutual love at first sight or heir hunt, it will probably always be ignored. Regardless, Maurizio’s new girlfriend does not please his very conservative father. He therefore cuts off the bridges with his son, and also cuts off his food. But Maurizio still marries Patrizia whom he loves passionately, in 1973.

The couple have two daughters, Alessandra born in 1977 and Allegra in 1981, which pushes Rodolfo to reconnect with his only son. All four lead a dream life, between trips to the tropics and vacations in luxury chalets.

A terrible crime of passion

But over the years, and power struggles within the Gucci family, the passion withers. In the mid-1980s, Maurizio quitte Patrizia for another woman, Paola Franchi (played by Camille Cottin).

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Mad with rage, Patrizia then hires a hired killer to put an end to the days of Maurizio Gucci, with the help of her friend the fortune-teller Giuseppina Auriemma, “Pina”. The latter was assassinated on March 27, 1995 in front of his offices in Milan, killed by four revolver bullets.

Patrizia Reggiani is suspected from the start of the investigation but momentarily manages to deceive the investigators. She even manages to dislodge Paola Franchi from her Milanese palace to settle there. The press is passionate about this news item and nicknamed her The black Widow.

The piece of evidence that will convict her is her diary. She had noted there on the date of Maurizio Gucci’s death, the term “Paradeisos” (paradise in Greek). At her trial, she states that she has no regrets and did what it took to protect the inheritance of his daughters.

She was sentenced to 29 years in prison in 1998. She came out free in 2016 and now works as a consultant.

The wars of power in the Gucci clan

But what Ridley Scott’s film with Adam Driver and Lady Gaga highlights is Patrizia Reggiani’s involvement in the infighting that plagued the Gucci family in the 1980s.

She would indeed have pushed her husband, a lawyer by training, to take his “responsibilities” within the clan, and to assert his rights. In a conscientious manner, she would have thus cleverly organized the ousting of Aldo, then that of her husband’s cousin Paolo, so that her husband would be the majority shareholder of Gucci. Power struggles within the Gucci clan, however, caused the brutal fall of the family empire. Maurizio even ended up selling his shares in 1993 to the investment group InvestCorp.

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This is also what would have made Patrizia Reggiani mad with rage. She would have liked thepunish me for squandering money that she had allowed him to obtain in trivialities, moreover with his new companion.

Today, no longer any member of the Gucci family sits on the Gucci Board of Directors. The couple’s two daughters live with their families in Switzerland, far from the paparazzi and Gucci offices.

Some elements of the film are widely fictionalized, but Lady Gaga is nonetheless exceptional in the role of the scorned wife, proving once again after her performance in A Star Is Born that she is also an actress on whom he must now be counted.