Elisabetta Canalis is an Italian actress, singer and showgirl. She is an Italian model recognized for her role in TNT’s show Leverage and her high profile relationship with George Clooney. Take a look below for 21 more fun and interesting facts about Elisabetta Canalis.
1. Canalis was born in Sassari, Sardinia in Italy.
2. Her father, Cesare, is a radiologist in University of Sassari’s clinic, while her mother, Bruna, was an Italian teacher.
3. She has a brother named Luigi, who is also a radiologist and was involved in a Switzerland debt scandal.
4. Canalis was educated in Sassari, where she attended the “classical” high school (Liceo classico), and then moved to Milan to study foreign languages at Università degli Studi di Milano, though she never graduated because she started to work as a dancer for Silvio Berlusconi’s TV channel Canale 5 at the age of 21.
5. Elisabetta Canalis was a dancer on the Canale 5 TV show Striscia la Notizia from 1999 to 2002.
6. Canalis had minor roles in the films Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Virgin Territory, a comedy produced by Roberto Cavalli.
7. In 2005, she replaced a busy Michelle Hunziker in Love Bugs 2, the second season of the sit-com Love Bugs.
8. In 2007, she co-hosted the annual Italian music festival, Festivalbar but the TV program closed.
9. In 2009, she replaced a pregnant Elena Santarelli on the Italian version of Total Request Live, on MTV Italia.
10. Elisabetta hosted the Trofeo Birra Moretti 2008, a summer football competition played between S.S.C. Napoli, A.C. Milan and Juventus.
11. In 2010 she played a recurring character in season 3 of the TNT series Leverage.
12. In February 2011, she co-hosted the most important Italian song contest, Sanremo Music Festival with Gianni Morandi and Belen Rodriguez.
13. Elisabetta Canalis was featured in the 2003 Max nude calendar.
14. She has been a spokeswoman and runway model from 2006 to 2009 for the fashion brand “Hollywood Milano”, a Milan-based disco club.
15. In June 2011 she appeared in a photoshoot of the Spanish version of Vogue, and in September 2011 in the Arabian version of Harper’s Bazaar.
16. Canalis was previously engaged to footballer Christian Vieri, and she also had a short relationship with film director Gabriele Muccino following his divorce.
17. Canalis subsequently had a short relationship with football player Reginaldo Ferreira da Silva.
18. Canalis dated American actor George Clooney for two years before breaking up in June 2011.
19. On 23 November 2011, Canalis and Clooney were among 200 witnesses accepted by a Milan court in the trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute.
20. Canalis married orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri on 14 September 2014 in Alghero (Sardinia). During the wedding, Italian singer Bianca Atzei sang a version of Ave Maria in a Sardinian dialect.
21. On 29 September 2015, she gave birth to their daughter Skyler Eva.