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Clara Petacci, known as Claretta
Petacci (Italian pronunciation: [klaˈretta peˈtattʃi]; 28 February 1912 – 28 April 1945) was a mistress of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and was executed with him by the partisans.


1 Relationship with Mussolini 2 Death 3 Family 4 In popular culture 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading

Relationship with Mussolini[edit] Petacci had a long-standing relationship with Mussolini
while he was married to Rachele Mussolini. Petacci was 28 years younger than him.[1] Part of their correspondence is still the subject of a dispute with the National Archives,[which?] based on privacy.[2] Death[edit] See also: Death of Benito Mussolini On 27 April 1945, Mussolini
and Petacci were captured by partisans while traveling with a convoy of Italian Social Republic
Italian Social Republic
members.[3] On 28 April, she and Mussolini
were taken to Mezzegra
and shot. On the following day, the bodies of Mussolini
and Petacci were taken to the Piazzale Loreto
Piazzale Loreto
in Milan
and hung upside down in front of a petrol station. The bodies were photographed as a crowd vented their rage upon them.[4] Family[edit] Clara Petacci's father was Dr. Francesco Petacci, primary physician of Pope Pius XI. Her sister was actress Miriam di San Servolo (31 May 1923 – 24 May 1991), also known as Miriam Petacci or Miriam Day. Petacci's brother, Marcello Petacci, was captured with Mussolini
and Petacci. However, rather than being executed in Dongo, he was shot while trying to escape.

The corpses of Bombacci, Mussolini, Clara Petacci, Pavolini and Starace in Piazzale Loreto, 1945

In popular culture[edit]

Claretta, 1984 film starring Claudia Cardinale Other films The American musician Scott Walker recorded a song about Petacci called "Clara" on his 2006 album The Drift The Spanish nazi music band 'División 250' also recorded a song about Petacci called 'Clara' Mussolini: The Untold Story, 1985 TV-miniseries featured Virginia Madsen as Petacci Mussolini
and I, in which she is played by Barbara De Rossi

See also[edit]

Italy portal Biography portal

Margherita Sarfatti, one of Mussolini's earlier mistresses Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's mistress


^ (in Spanish) Giuseppina Persichetti, La enamorada de Mussolini, Madrid, Ediciones Caballero Audaz, 1947. ^ (in Italian) Giampiero Buonomo, Quel carteggio tra Mussolini
e la Petacci. Storici sacrificati sull’altare della privacy, in Diritto e giustizia, 16 luglio 2005. ^ Gunther Langes, Auf Wiedersehen Claretta. Il diario dell'uomo che poteva salvare Mussolini
e la Petacci, a cura di Nico Pirozzi, Villaricca, Edizioni Cento Autori, 2012. ISBN 978-88-97121-37-4. ^ "Death of the Father- Mussolini
& Fascist Italy: the 'infamous' exhibit". Cornell Institute for Digital Collections. 1999. 

Further reading[edit]

Nicholas Farrell, Mussolini: A New Life (Phoenix Press, London, 2003) ISBN 1-84212-123-5 Luciano Garibaldi, Mussolini: The Secrets of His Death (Enigma Books, New York, 2004) ISBN 1-929631-23-5 Ray Moseley, Mussolini: The Last 600 Days of Il Duce
(Taylor Trade Publishing, Dallas, 2004) ISBN 1-58979-095-2 Rudolph S. Daldin "The Last Centurion" Volumes I&II ISBN 0-921447-34-5 R.J.B. Bosworth "Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover" ISBN 978-0300214277

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(wife) Clara Petacci
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(lover) Ida Dalser
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(wife) Margherita Sarfatti
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