An emotional support ferret, prison sunbathing, her macaw parrot and a relentless diva attitude… What House Of Gucci and Lady Gaga DIDN’T show of the inimitable Patrizia Reggiani
Patrizia Reggiani’s story has been brought to life on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci, yet the wildest parts of her life have reportedly been left out.
A guard in the women’s prison where she served her sentence for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci spoke to The Daily Beast about the untold wild side of the socialite, 72, who is played by Lady Gaga in the film.
The insider said of the ‘Black Widow’ and what was not shown in Scott’s epic: ‘She was Lady Gucci in prison too. She never let anyone forget who she was.’
Just one anecdote involved Patrizia entering prison with an emotional support ferret named Bambi in 1997, however the beloved pet was brutally killed after another prisoner sat on it halfway through her run.
Colourful: Patrizia Reggiani’s story has been brought to life on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci, yet the wildest parts of her life have reportedly been left out (pictured in 2014)
During her 18-year sentence for the hit, Patrizia used her 2014 work release parole to preview a collection of bags at Milan Fashion Week under the Gucci name.
Attending the event with her macaw parrot Bo on her shoulder, she had previously said: ‘I’ve never worked a day in my life; I’m certainly not going to start now.’
Other insights include the fact that House Of Gucci implies that Maurizio met his lover, model Paola Franchi, at the time of his death during his marriage to Patrizia – however the encounter is thought to have taken place after the couple had split.
Patrizia’s accomplice Pina Auriemma, who has been dubbed a ‘sorceress’ and completed her own prison sentence in 2010 for arranging the murder, said Patrizia is ‘a very dangerous woman’.
Wow! During her 18 year prison sentence for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, the socialite, 72, used her 2014 work release parole to preview a collection of evening bags at Milan Fashion Week under the Gucci name (pictured in the 1980s)
Patrizia was said to have continued her diva persona into the Milanese lock-up which she dubbed The San Vittore Residence.
Nicknamed The Black Widow, Patrizia was said to have soaked up the sun in the recreational yard during her leisure time ‘as if it were a private beach’.
The insiders added that she had adorned her cell with plants, photos and expensive linens and declined work release parole in 2011.
Tragic: A prison guard in the women’s wing told The Daily Beast how Patrizia was accompanied by an emotional support ferret named Bambi upon her arrival in 1997, which was brutally killed after another prisoner sat on it halfway through her run (pictured with Maurizio in the 1980s)
House Of Gucci follows the grim path of a scorned Patrizia who married into the Gucci empire but was dropped from the iconic fashion family when Maurizio left her for a younger woman.
The cold-blooded murder of the fashion scion in 1995 shocked the world – especially when Patrizia was found guilty of plotting it.
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.
Adam Driver plays the late Maurizio Gucci’s shoes while the movie also stars the likes of Al Pacino, Jared, and fashion designer/auteur Tom Ford.
Focus: Significantly depicted during the course of the film is the aftermath of the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam Driver), the Italian businessman and head of the fashion house Gucci, by his ex-wife Patrizia (played by Lady Gaga)
Inside the House Of Gucci: The real life family behind one of fashion’s most scandalous sagas
The Murderess: Lady Gaga portrays Patrizia Reggiani
Reggiani was notorious for ordering a hit on her ex husband Maurizio Gucci, grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci and heir of the family brand
The Victim: Adam Driver portrays Maurizio Gucci
Maurizio, the Gucci heir and head designer of the brand in the 1980s, was gunned down in 1995 after a hit was placed on him by ex wife Patrizia Reggiani; the pair were married from 1973 until 1991
The Maverick: Jared Leto portrays Paolo Gucci
During the 80s, Paolo attempted to capitalize on his family’s well-known brand by launching an outfit called Gucci Plus on his own, which caused major family tensions.
The Patriarch: Al Pacino portrays Aldo Gucci
Aldo, son of historic Gucci founder Guccio Gucci, was sentenced to one year in prison at the age of 81 in 1983 for tax evasion
The Actor: Jeremy Irons portrays Rodolfo Gucci
Rodolfo also went by the screen name Maurizio D’Ancora, appearing in over 40 Italian films between 1929 and 1946