Everything to Know About the Real-Life Couples That Inspired "House of Gucci"

Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani

House of Gucci is centered on the family’s most notorious couple: Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani. The duo met at a party in Milan while in their early 20s, and the young businessman was reportedly so struck by Patrizia’s beauty in her red gown, that he reportedly compared her to Elizabeth Taylor and requested to know her identity. By 1972, they were wed. “Maurizio felt free with me. We had fun, we were a team,” Patrizia would later tell The Guardian. “We were a beautiful couple and we had a beautiful life, of course.”

For years, they lived fancy and free, indulging in what Patrizia recounted to the publication were ‘80s color-themed parties and a 64-foot yacht named The Creole that they bought after the birth of their second daughter, Allegra (the couple also shared daughter Alessandra).

According to the former socialite, things took a turn when her late ex-husband’s father, Rodolfo, died in 1983, leaving his son with his 50 percent stake in the family business. “Maurizio got crazy. Until then I was his chief adviser about all Gucci matters. But he wanted to be the best, and he stopped listening to me,” Patrizia told The Guardian.

With tensions mounting between the couple, things imploded in 1985, when Maurizio told his wife he was going on a business trip. He never returned home, entering a new relationship instead with a woman named Paola Franchi. Things got worse for the Gucci business, too, and in 1993, the entrepreneur was forced to sell his shares in the company. “I was angry with Maurizio about many, many things at that time,” Patrizia told The Guardian. “But above all, this. Losing the family business. It was stupid. It was a failure. I was filled with rage, but there was nothing I could do."

As the film documents, the one-time lovebirds divorced in 1994. Just two years later, Patrizia was convicted of and sentenced to 29 years in prison for her involvement in Maurizio's death in 1995 (she was released in 2016). "If I could see Maurizio again I would tell him that I love him because he is the person who has mattered most to me in my life,” she later told the Guardian, adding, “I think he’d say the feeling wasn’t mutual.”

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