moanaI have this vague memory of a porn star winning a seat in the Italian Parliament a long time ago. It happened around the same time that Jeff Koons married a (different) Italian porn star (Just to review, he speaks no Italian and her no English. Oddly, they're no longer together) who also ended up in politics, so the events sort of ran together in my brain and got stuck there, like gum I was saving for later. And, what do you know - the Italian Porn Star Memory day is here!

It turns out that the non-Koonz one - Moana Pozzi - was an at least semi-legit actress before her porn days. She even played a model in Ginger and Fred - hell, even Meryl Streep can't say she worked with Federico Fellini. Unfortunately, she died suddenly of liver cancer over a decade ago.

While one would think things would sort of end there, the story of her death was full of inconsistencies and contradictory statements, and people have long suspected that Pozzi may have faked it in order to make a fresh start. Even without any proof whatsoever, Italians love a conspiracy - and this one gives them lots of fodder. For example, no one outside of her family even knew Pozzi was sick until her death was announced, and she was regularly seen jogging until two months before she died. Not enough for you? Well, the family also has contradicted itself when asked what was done with Pozzi's ashes, first announcing that they had been scattered on the Matterhorn and later that they were buried in northern Italy, in a unmarked grave. Add to that the red flags of a)an open listing with the Rome Chamber of Commerce, b) the old immediate creation ploy, and c)the lack of non-family witnesses to the death, and you've got a pretty good story.

Even if they aren't convinced Pozzi is still alive, prosecutors in Rome are confused enough that they've reopened their investigation into her death. If only things worked like that around here, maybe we'd finally get to the bottom of this whole Elvis debacle.
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