Maria Grazia Cucinotta, actress and producer
Ambassador Against Hunger
Sicilian-born actress and former model Maria Grazia Cucinotta is an Italian television star who shot to international fame when she starred in the 1994 Oscar-nominated film, Il Postino (The Postman).
She has since appeared in movies such as The World Is Not Enough, and Picking up the Pieces alongside Woody Allen. Cucinotta was officially given the title of WFP Ambassador against Hunger at the official launch of the 2006 edition of Walk the World.
Cucinotta's appointment follows her tireless efforts to help raise the profile of WFP's fight against hunger. In 2004, she recorded a Public Service Announcement for WFP and also addressed the 2004 European Film Awards in Barcelona about WFP's efforts to fight hunger in war-torn Darfur.
"Working side by side with WFP has taught me that each one of us can make a difference," said Cucinotta after being appointed a WFP Ambassador. "Indifference is the worst enemy of the fight against hunger."
Maria Grazia Cucinotta was also one of the producers of the Italian project All the Invisible Children, a film made by MK Film Productions that focuses attention on the millions of children and adolescents whose rights are denied by exploitation and war. Put together by eight top directors, proceeds from the initiative go to WFP and UNICEF.
Profession: actress. Starred in the 1994 Oscar-nominated film, Il Postino (The Postman).
WFP Partner since: December 2004