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
4 In popular culture
5 See also
7 Further reading
Relationship with Mussolini
Petacci had a long-standing relationship with
Mussolini while he was
married to Rachele Mussolini. Petacci was 28 years younger than
Part of their correspondence is still the subject of a dispute with
the National Archives,[which?] based on privacy.
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.
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 in
Milan and hung upside down in front of a petrol
station. The bodies were photographed as a crowd vented their rage
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
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
Claretta, 1984 film starring Claudia Cardinale
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
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
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.
Nicholas Farrell, Mussolini: A New Life (Phoenix Press, London, 2003)
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
R.J.B. Bosworth "Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover"
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