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Luisa Mattioli dead: Italian actress and third wife of Roger Moore dies aged 85

Luisa Mattioli dead: Italian actress and third wife of Roger Moore dies aged 85

Italian actress Luisa Mattioli has died at the age of 85.

The third wife of Sir Roger Moore 's death was confirmed by family members, who say the film and TV star had been "ill for some time".

Luisa and the James Bond actor were married for 24 years and had three children together. They originally met on the set of the 1962 Italian adventure comedy Romulus and the Sabines.

Despite separating in 1993, the couple didn't officially divorce until 2002. Sir Roger left Luisa for her best friend, Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina 'Kiki' Tholstrup.

Luisa's death was confirmed by the couple's oldest son, Geoffrey. The Mayfair restaurateur said: "Sadly, I can confirm it is the case."

He commented from Switzerland, where Luisa was reportedly living at the time of her death.

Another family member commented: "Luisa was ill for some time, so it has been a difficult period for all the family. Despite her acrimonious split from Sir Roger, they were reconciled before his death."

Sir Roger and Luisa got married in London in 1969

© Mirrorpix Sir Roger and Luisa got married in London in 1969

The actress was born San Stino di Livenza, Veneto, and she went on to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, which is Western Europe's oldest film school.

Her first recognised role came at the age of 23 when she played a part in the 1959 Italian drama The Night of The Great Attack. She played the role of a maid.

It was two years later that she starred alongside Sir Roger in the hit movie Romulus and the Sabines.

The actor was still married to his second wife, Dorothy Squires, at the time.

Sir Roger and Dorothy split shortly after and he married Luisa in a ceremony in London in 1969. The couple shared three children together; Geoffrey, Deborah and Christian.

Reference: Mirror: Jamie Roberts 

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