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Clara Petacci

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Nationality  Italian

Name  Clara Petacci
Clara Petacci reading a book while wearing a blouse and some pieces of jewelry

Born  February 28, 1912 (1912-02-28) Rome, Italy
Known for  Being the mistress of Benito Mussolini
Relatives  Miriam di San Servolo, sister
Spouse  Riccardo Federici (m. 1934–1942)
Siblings  Miriam di San Servolo, Marcello Petacci
Parents  Giuseppina Persichetti, Francesco Saverio Petacci
Similar People  Benito Mussolini, Rachele Mussolini, Miriam di San Servolo, Eva Braun, Maria Hardouin
Died   28 April 1945 (aged 33) Giulino di Mezzegra, Italy

Claretta, Mussolini's Last Lover

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


Clara Petacci looking afar while wearing a blouse, necklace, and earrings

Relationship with Mussolini

Petacci had a long-standing relationship with Mussolini while he was married to Rachele Mussolini. Benito was 28 years older than Petacci.

Clara Petacci with short curly hair and wearing a blouse

Part of their correspondence is still the subject of a dispute with the National Archives, based on privacy.

Clara Petacci smiling while looking at something while wearing a blouse, pearl necklace, and earrings


Clara Petacci's dead body

On 27 April 1945, Mussolini and Petacci were captured by partisans while traveling with a convoy of 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 upon them.


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.

  • 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
  • References

    Clara Petacci Wikipedia