MARIANGELA MELATO BEFORE BECOMING FAMOUS
To undertake this journey, I read the biography written by Michele Sancisi “All about Mariangela. Biography of a woman “.
The author introduces us to Mariangela’s life up close since she was little. She introduces us to all her difficulties, introduces us to her parents, her family, her friendships and her adolescent loves. He introduces us to a Mariangela, that of childhood, that Melato herself has hidden from the general public for a very long time.
A Mariangela who seems to be a different and distinct person from the Melato we all remember. But in truth, that unprecedented Mariangela is the seed from which the woman and actress we cry today sprouted.
The strong and proud Melato contains within itself an insecure and fragile Mariangela that the author makes us discover in the pages of her book, which I recommend you read.
MARIANGELA’S PARENTS AND THE ORIGIN OF THE SURNAME MELATO
To fully understand the great artistic value of the actress Mariangela Melato, it is good to get as clear an idea as possible of who her parents were.
The family environment, in fact, had a huge influence on the artist.
Her father was called Adolf Honig and he was born in May 1909, in the Austrian Trieste. It was only in 1918 that the Honig family rediscovered itself as Italian. Then, with Fascism, the citizens of Trieste with foreign surnames were obliged or “strongly” recommended to Italianize their surnames. Mariangela’s father then officially became Adolfo Melato and decided to move to Milan, where he met and fell in love with Lina Fabbrica, Mariangela’s mother.
Lina was born in 1915 in Milan. She was orphaned by her mother at the age of three, she grew up far from her father because her second wife didn’t want her baby in her house. She was raised in the countryside by her maternal uncles to a life of hard work. Then, after primary school, she moved back to Milan to do the three-year “job start-up”.
The multifaceted and sometimes contradictory personality of Mariangela Melato is also the result of a fascinating mix of the characters of her parents.
The reserved side of her, serene and accommodating of her in her work environment came from her father, the strong and combative side of her from her mother Lina. Moreover, from her mother, Mariangela has also inherited her sympathy and sunshine. And just like her, Mariangela has never been afraid of hard work and has always been ready to work hard to achieve her goals.
THE ADVENT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE BIRTH OF MARIANGELA
The young Melato couple, after their wedding, settled in a three-room apartment in a nineteenth-century building at number 7 in via Montebello, in Milan.
Mariangela’s father was a traffic policeman and, because of his work, he lived the joys of married life for a short time with his young wife: on 1 October 1937 he was in fact called to do military service in Libya, where he remained for four months. Upon his return, the two newlyweds conceived their first child, that is Mariangela’s elder brother, Ermanno.
Adolfo worked tirelessly to provide economic security to his new family. However, the money was never enough, despite the presence of Lina’s salary as a seamstress in the house and the father of the family was forced to apply for loans.
On the other hand, that was a really difficult period, in which the Italian situation itself was very precarious. And in fact, after a few months, on 10 June 1940 Italy entered the war.
From this moment on, Adolfo increased the frequency of loan requests to the municipality, since with the outbreak of the war Lina and her son went to live outside Milan, which suffered the first British bombings.
By now the war had entered the daily life of the Melato family and Adolfo, as a traffic policeman, was in serious danger of being called back to the front.
And it was in such a black context, made of fear and worries, that Mariangela Melato was conceived during her first wartime birth.
On September 19, 1941 Mariangela Melato came into the world, in a dark and sad Milan.
THE DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD OF MARIANGELA MELATO
Since her birth, Mariangela’s life was not easy at all.
As was the custom at the time, Mariangela’s mother was giving birth in her home. However, the birth was breech, so for poor Adolfo the situation became desperate within a few hours. The man thus called the ambulance, with which the mother and unborn child were urgently transferred to the nearby Fatebenefratelli hospital. Here little Mariangela was born at 5.30 in the morning.
The problems, however, did not end there: Mariangela was really small and her whole body was covered with horrendous red and yellow spots. She seemed to be a neonatal disease that in a few months she should have gone without leaving any residue. But Mariangela’s skin, unfortunately, did not improve and so did her