|Name Marella Agnelli|
|Grandchildren Ginevra Elkann|
Siblings Carlo Caracciolo
|Full Name Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto|
Born 4 May 1927 (age 88) (1927-05-04) Florence, Kingdom of Italy
Occupation Art collector, socialite, style icon, writer, landscape designer, garden designer and photographer
Parent(s) Prince Filippo Caracciolo di Castagneto and Margaret Clarke
Spouse Gianni Agnelli (m. 1953–2003)
Children Edoardo Agnelli, Margherita Agnelli
Books Gardens of the Italian Villas, Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan
Similar People Gianni Agnelli, Margherita Agnelli, Ginevra Elkann, Edoardo Agnelli, Susanna Agnelli
Marella agnelli il mio giardino il sogno di una vita
Marella Agnelli, born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto (born 4 May 1927) is an Italian noblewoman, art collector, socialite, style icon and widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli. She has often appeared in the fashion magazine Vogue. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1963.
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- Funerali di Marella Agnelli il vescovo La sua bara e quella dellAvvocato si guardano
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Funerali di Marella Agnelli, il vescovo: "La sua bara e quella dell'Avvocato si guardano"
Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto was born in Florence, as member of the House of Caracciolo, of the high Italian nobility. Her father was Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, 3rd Duke di Melito, and hereditary Patrician of Naples (1903–1965), from an old Neapolitan noble family. Her mother was the former Margaret Clarke (1898–1955) of Peoria, Illinois. She had two brothers, Don Carlo Caracciolo (1925–2008), who inherited their father's titles in 1965 and founded the newspaper La Repubblica, being known as the "editor prince", referring to his aristocratic birth and elegant manner; and Don Nicola Caracciolo (born 1931), the holder – since 2008 – of the titles, as 10th Prince di Castagneto, 5th Duke di Melito, and hereditary Patrician of Naples.
She was married in the Church of Osthoffen to Fiat tycoon Gianni Agnelli on 19 November 1953; they would remain married until his death on 24 January 2003. They had two children:
Agnelli, who was educated in Paris, was an assistant to Erwin Blumenfeld in New York City early in her varied career, as well as an occasional editor and photographic contributor to Vogue. In 1973, she created a textile line for Abraham-Zumsteg, for which she was awarded the Resources Council's Roscoe (the design trade's equivalent of the Oscar) in 1977.
An avid gardener, Agnelli has authored a number of books on the subject, also providing many of the photographs. Two of her books are about the Garden of Ninfa (1999) and The Agnelli Gardens at Villar Perosa (1998).
More recently, she oversaw the opening of the Renzo Piano-designed art gallery Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli (it:Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli), built on the roof of the former Lingotto Fiat factory in Turin, Italy. The Agnelli collection includes Picasso, Renoir, Canaletto, Matisse and Canova materpieces.
The reserved, patrician tastemaker and socialite is also known for her inclusion in Truman Capote's circle of "swans" – wealthy, stylish, and well-married women friends whose company he adored because they "had created themselves, as he had done", and "had stories to tell" According to Capote, Agnelli was "the European swan numero uno", the youngest in a group that included Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, C. Z. Guest, Slim Keith, and Pamela Harriman, Lee Radziwill and Jacqueline Kennedy. In her autobiography, Washington Post publisher and Capote friend Katharine Graham recounts that the author once told her that if Paley and Agnelli were "both in Tiffany's window, Marella would be more expensive" (Personal History, p. 393).
She was portrayed in the American biographical film Infamous (2006) by Isabella Rossellini.
– Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic: Awarded the third-highest civil honour in Italy, by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on 13 September 2000.