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Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta Canalis, born on the 12th September, 1978 in Sassari, Sardinia in Italy is an Italian actress, singer, model and showgirl.

She is an actress, known for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), Virgin Territory (2007) and Fratelli Benvenuti (2010). She has been married to Brian Perri since September 14th, 2014. They have one child.

Her father, Cesare, is a radiologist in the University of Sassari's clinic, while her mother, Bruna, was an Italian teacher. She has a brother named Luigi, also a radiologist who was involved in a Swiss debt scandal.

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 was given an opportunity and started to work as a dancer for Silvio Berlusconi's TV channel Canale 5 at the age of 21.

Elisabetta was a dancer on the Canale 5 TV show Striscia la Notizia from 1999 to 2002 and had minor roles in the films Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Virgin Territory, a comedy produced by Roberto Cavalli.

Elisabetta CanalisIn 2005, she replaced a busy Michelle Hunziker in Love Bugs 2, the second season of the sit-com Love Bugs. In 2007, she co-hosted the annual Italian music festival, Festivalbar but the TV program closed.

In 2009, she replaced a pregnant Elena Santarelli on the Italian version of Total Request Live, on MTV Italia. Elisabetta also hosted the Trofeo Birra Moretti 2008, a summer football competition played between S.S.C. Napoli, A.C. Milan and Juventus.

In 2010 she played a recurring character in season 3 of the TNT series Leverage and in February of 2011, she co-hosted the most important Italian song contest, Sanremo Music Festival with Gianni Morandi and Belen Rodriguez, where she interviewed Robert De Niro.

Canalis appeared on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars in which she was paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and was the second to be eliminated on 27 September 2011.

She was interviewed in a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September of 2011. Though she wears animal leather bags and shoes, she posed for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" campaign in 2011.

For two nights, she co-hosted for the second time the Sanremo Music Festival 2012 and acted with the singer Adriano Celentano in the role of " Messy Italia".

Elisabetta CanalisIn March 2015, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador UNICEF Italy.

Canalis was featured in the 2003 Max nude calendar. She has been a spokeswoman and runway model from 2006 to 2009 for the fashion brand "Hollywood Milano", a Milan-based disco club.

In a spot recorded in New York City she promoted the new city limousine Musa "5th Avenue". In June 2011 she appeared in a photoshoot of the Spanish version of Vogue magazine, and in September 2011 in the Arabian version of Harper's Bazaar - The same year, she modeled for Roberto Cavalli.

Canalis was the June 2010 cover girl for the third time on Vanity Fair. In the same year, she was the 4th woman most beautiful woman in 2010 for the Italian version of Vanity Fair.

She also has been the 7th most beautiful woman for Maxim magazine and in the top 50 for DT Spain magazine. Thanks to George Clooney, she gained a contract as spokesmodel for Pantene.

In The Netherlands, she is a spokesperson for Auping and was the covergirl for a June 2012 edition of Sportweek Dreams, a special edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport. The shoot was in Santo Domingo.

She appeared in a July 2012 advertisement for PETA and for Milano Fashion Week that year she modeled on the runway for Philipp Plein and for the new collection of Miss Bikini. In 2016 she became ambassador for the sportwear brand DEHA.

Elisabetta CanalisCanalis dated George Clooney and was previously engaged to footballer Christian Vieri. She also had a short relationship with film director Gabriele Muccino following his divorce. Then she subsequently had a short relationship with football player Reginaldo Ferreira da Silva.

Canalis dated Hollywood actor George Clooney for two years before breaking up in June 2011. On the 23rd of 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 (Rubygate).

Canalis married orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri on the 14th of September 2014 in Alghero, Sardinia. During the wedding, Italian singer Bianca Atzei sang a version of Ave Maria in a Sardinian dialect. Then the following year on the 29th of September, 2015, she gave birth to their daughter Skyler Eva.

The Italian actress, 36, was photographed entering the Sassari Cathedral dressed in a white lace gown and holding a bouquet of white flowers.

Later in the evening, Canalis tweeted in Italian, "#Italia I still do not understand but I'm realizing how much I will miss all this #Amici #Famiglia."

The brunette beauty, who is a Sassari native, also tweeted, praising her town of Alghero, writing in Italian, "Thanks for making this dream possible. Thanks to all the people for the affection you have shown me!"

Canalis had dated George Clooney for almost 18 months before splitting in June 2011.

Elisabetta CanalisAfter they split the Monuments Men actor dated professional wrestler and TV personality Stacy Keibler for two years until they split in July 2013. Keibler also moved on, marrying entrepreneur Jared Pobre, and the couple welcomed their daughter Ava Grace in August.

After two years together, the Italian actress/model Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney decided to call it quits. "We are not together anymore," the duo told Us Weekly in a joint statement. "It's very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy."

All had seemed well for the jet-setting pair who spent tons of time together, often with their families, at Clooney's Lake Como estate in Italy.

Canalis, 32, told Italian magazine Chi in its June issue. "I am very happy at the moment - thanks to my man my fairytale is continuing - we are a couple that never gets bored."

But the notoriously private Clooney, 49, revealed later that he wouldn't wed again - not Canalis nor anyone, for that matter.

"I was married once," he quipped on Piers Morgan Tonight. "I gave it a shot." (Clooney and actress Talia Balsam were wed from 1989 to 1993.)

Yet Canalis seemed less averse to walking down the aisle. "I am a firm believer in marriage," she told Chi. "In the future I will be married, but for the time being I am happy as I am," she says. "I don't need anything to confirm how happy I am."

Elisabetta Canalis"George reassures me all the time," Canalis said in a late 2010 chat with Italian Vanity Fair. "I feel more embraced than ever before. The idea of being so loved is overwhelming. George has given color back to my life."

The Italian actress welcomed the birth of her first child, a daughter named Skyler Eva, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The brunette model posted a photo of the newborn swaddled in a zebra print blanket in the arms of her husband, orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri, on the day of her birth.

"My life is full of love because of you," Canalis captioned the photo before switching to her native Italian. "La mia vita e' piena di amore grazie a voi. Benvenuta al mondo Skyler Eva ! Welcome into the world our lil Skyler Eva 29 - 9 - 2015." In translation, Canalis said her life is full of love thanks to the two of them.

Elisabetta Canalis recently suffered a miscarriage.

In a message posted to her WhoSay account, Canalis, the ex-girlfriend of George Clooney, revealed that while she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Birian Perri, she recently suffered a miscarriage.

"Unfortunately, life gives you a reality that you do not expect, and that is very hard to accept, even if you think you are strong enough and prepared," the 35-year-old posted. Perri, an orthopedic surgeon and Canali were devastated

Canalis has remained low-key, aside from a brief stint on Dancing With The Stars. Canalis was paired with pro dancer, Val Chmerkovskiy and they were eliminated during week two of season 13.

Elisabetta CanalisAlso in her WhoSay post, Canalis encouraged other women who have been through the same heartbreak to stay strong.

"I just want to say to all those women who are going through this same thing to stay strong because life goes on and it is nobody's fault and nature acts in incomprehensible ways," she said.

Known as a "Velina", i.e. a support dancer, who appears for a very short time on a popular Italian TV show called "Striscia La Notizia".

In 2002 she was the presenter of a Sports TV show called "Controcampo" and is a fan of Inter Milan - an Italian soccer club. Elisabetta's favorite kind of music is hip hop.

She is good friends with Maddalena Corvaglia whom she was photographed with for a nude GQ magazine editorial in 2002. Maddalena is an Italian actress, known for Camera Café (2003), Ciao Darwin (1998) and Striscia la notizia (1988).

The two former tissues have not spoken for several months now. Elizabeth commented on the separation from the historical friend.

Elisabetta Canalis on the dispute with Maddanela Corvaglia: "It takes me a while to metabolize the pain"

Elisabetta Canalis and Maddalena Corvaglia are at loggerheads. The two historic women of Striscia la Notizia , in fact, have interrupted their relationship for about a year without giving any explanations to the fans. After some time, Canalis returned to talk about her colleague and friend, revealing some details of their separation.

Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta and Maddalena created a solid friendship bond after their experience as dancers. Despite the distances, the two pledged to maintain their relationship, sharing holidays, family dinners and deciding to open an exclusive gym in Los Angeles together.

Perhaps precisely because of this project, at least so it has been rumored for some time, the relationship would have cracked. Indeed, Maddalena's return to Italy would have caused many problems to her partner who would not have forgiven her for abandoning her in her time of need.

Neither of the two ex-dancers have ever revealed the details of the story, simply launching social arrows that have increased the curiosity of the most avid fans.

Interviewed by Grazia magazine, Canalis commented on the story, revealing: "Maddalena Corvaglia? Whatever I say publicly can be misrepresented."

"I have to say at least one thing? So let's say that feelings do not go hand in hand with rationality. Indeed, it often does not happen."

"If there is hope of seeing us united again? I am from the sign of the Virgin and it takes me a while to metabolize the pain. I love unconditionally, but I can raise walls that are difficult to knock down."

All those who hope to see Magdalene and Elizabeth together again will have to wait still longer.

Elisabetta CanalisShe still co-owns a Doberman called Andrea along with ex-boyfriend Christian Vieri. Her hobbies include kick-boxing and horseback riding - she admits that one of her greatest passions has always been horse riding.

Before their freindship ended Maddalena Corvaglia said about her breakup with her husband: "I loved a person who did not exist. Without Elisabetta I would not have overcome separation from my husband, American musician Stef Burns"

"To help me in the hardest months was Elisabetta Canalis, a wonderful friend. Without her I would never have made it." In an interview with the weekly Oggi. A difficult period was faced thanks to the support of my friend and former colleague, with whom I danced the news for years on the Striscia television program - the satirical news program by Antonio Ricci from 1999 to 2002."

"It was very hard to separate from my husband Stef Burns," says Corvaglia, "I spent a very difficult year and a half, I was sick, I wasn't sleeping at night. When I moved to Los Angeles I found out that the person I loved for six years simply did not exist. I did everything to save my marriage. Then I had to admit it, first of all to myself: it was over, without anything I could do about it."

From the wedding, a girl was born: "Together, Jamie (her daughter) and I are happy. Now I just want to give her serenity: she is a wonderful, funny, curious girl, but in the last year she has experienced so much tension".

Elisabetta CanalisThe little girl has an excellent relationship with her new partner, Alessandro Viani: "He is a man you can always count on, generous and reliable, born to be a dad. And even if Jamie has a real father he has it - and nobody wants to take it away from him "Ale loves her as if she were his daughter. For me, it was an indispensable condition: I could never have been with a man who hadn't loved us both."

Her return to Italy permanently, led to the failure of the project. In fact, the gym was rented out and even the Canalis is more directly involved in the management. The two, however, have never released any comments or statements and prefer to keep the privacy in their personal matters. Elizabeth is limited to answer the question of whether there is hope of them united.

Maddalena Corvaglia , once a friend of Elisabetta Canalis, seems to have had quite strong altercations with the former Sardinian vellum. Canalis deleted from the social profiles any photo depicting the 39-year-old blonde friend, with whom she shared her career in her youth.

A friendship that lasted 20 years and ended in the worst way. The two women of the show had met in Striscia la Notizia, enchanting viewers thanks to their sticks and their not indifferent beauty.

At the moment it is not known the real reason for the quarrel between Maddalena Corvaglia and Elisabetta Canalis. However, it is believed that there were economic misunderstandings about the gym that the two had opened in the USA, in Los Angeles .

Elisabetta CanalisThe structure in question was rented by chance. Elisabetta explained how in the world of fitness one must continually update oneself in order not to be left behind.

Neither Maddalena Corvaglia nor Elisabetta Canalis were personal trainers and because of this they thought it well to give up their business. Yet it seems that Elisabetta has recently returned to the sector working on a new project , but on her own. Other rumors would have Maddalena's new companion the trigger that caused the storm between the two.

Elisabetta is said to have frowned on Alessandro Viviani , a real estate agent for whom Maddalena had decided to leave the United States to return to Italy with.

Maddalena Corvaglia would also listen to Elisabetta Canalis' advice to return to her ex-husband Steff Burns , known to be the guitarist of the great Vasco.

It seems a bit unlikely as a story, but the rumors would like the scenario in question: Elizabeth would not have liked Maddalena's new flame, as she hoped for a reconciliation between the latter and Burns and this would have pushed the ex Sardinian to fight with her friend and business partner.

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Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Castle lady Cameo appearance
2006 Natale a New York Carlotta Ferri
2007 Virgin Territory Sister Gabriella
2008 La seconda volta non si scorda mai Ilaria Fiorito
La fidanzata di papà Felicity
2010 A Natale mi sposo Paloma

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–04 Carabinieri Alessandra Ferri Main role; 48 episodes
2005 Love Bugs Elisabetta Main role (season 2)
2007 Buona la prima! Herself Episode: "Non c'è 2 senza trendy"
2008 Medici miei Vittoria Colombini Main role; 11 episodes
2010 Fratelli Benvenuti Krishna Recurring role; 6 episodes
Leverage Mystery Woman Recurring role; 5 episodes
2014 Party On Party guest Episode: "Sardinia"
2018 L'isola di Pietro Giulia Canale Main role (season 2); 6 episodes

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