February 18th is not only Thumbs Appreciation day but, is also the birthday of Italian-Australian actor Greta Scacchi! An actress that has accumulated awards throughout her acting career, she has thoroughly demonstrated her strong skills and talent. In 1996, she won an Emmy Award for her work as Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996) and has also been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and Golden Globes throughout the years.
Not only is Greta Scacchi a great actress but she is also a passionate humanitarian. Scacchi is an active supporter of campaigns and organizations that promote environmental causes. For instance, she has supported organizations such as Greenpeace and Christian Aid in their combat for climate change awareness. In 2007, as a spokesperson for Christian Aid, she spoke from the stage at the Cut the Carbon rally in Cardiff, Wales and in 2009, she met NASA’s James Hansen and Bishop of Liverpool to protest about the advance of E.ON’s plans for coal-fueled power stations. Not only that but, in the same year, 2009, she posed nude with a codfish to promote the documentary End of the Line (2009), a film exposing the effects of overfishing.
In one of her more recent films, Ways to Live Forever (2010) that was distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures (WWMPC), she combines both her acting talents and passion as a humanitarian in her role as the main character’s tutor, Mrs. Willis. In this film, she inspires Sam, the main character who is a 12-year-old boy dying from leukemia, to live his life to the best extent possible. It is a poignant and uplifting film that reminds us all to not fear the uncertainties of life, but rather embrace it. As a way to celebrate Greta Scacchi’s birthday, feel free to check out the film Ways to Live Forever (2010)!
A mini television series has been broadcasted on BBC One based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel, War and Peace. This British-American show takes place in a historical period of time of the 1800’s during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.
An all-star cast is featured including Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, 12 Years a Slave), James Norton (Happy Valley, Rush), Lily James (Cinderella, Downtown Abbey), and Greta Scacchi (Ways To Live Forever, The Falling).
The story of War and Peace revolves around five aristocratic families as their fortune rises and falls through passion, romance, dishonesty, and scandals. The main characters played by Dano and Norton, who are on a quest to find true love during peacetime.
Ben Lawrence of the Daily Telegraph says War and Peace is “the greatest TV costume drama of the past decade”. This historical drama presents beautiful visuals and cultural representations you can feast your eyes on. The amazing scenes from the battleground to the ballroom are shown with such intimacy that it will take you back in time and make you feel a part of the story.
If you’re a lover of plot twist, gut-punching, heart-tugging shows, War and Peace provides the drama and romance you long for.
Since the first publication of War and Peace, the novel has been known as a difficult read and was often times a part of Russia’s school curriculum. In addition, BBC has published a special edition of the novel with over 13,000 copies sold since the edition’s release.
The Emmy Award-winning actress Greta Scacchi is playing a major role as Mother Mary in the upcoming 10-part television series, A.D. The Bible Continues, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (known for Crazy Is As Crazy Does and The Apprentice).
A.D. The Bible Continues follows upon Downey and Burnett’s success with the miniseries The Bible, which was shown on The History Channel in 2013. The new series carries on from the historical events in the the previous miniseries, by highlighting the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts and continues the story following the Crucifixion of Christ. The Bible Continues was filmed in Morocco with a very diverse group of people. Producer Downey said they wanted people to be able to turn the television on and see themselves in the story.
A.D. The Bible Continues premieres Easter Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m on NBC.
Greta Scacchi also starred in Ways to Live Forever as a private instructor, distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures. It is available on Vimeo and DVD.