Fellini was born on January 20, 1920 in Rinmini, Italy. His is also known as FeFe or Il Maestro. Fellini was inspired by dreams that he wrote down in his journals in the 1960s. Dreams are the basis for many of his films. His salesman father Urano Fellini was the inspiration for characters in La Dolce Vita in 1960 and in 81/2 in 1963.
His caricatures and cartoons were amazing and caught the attention of editors who turned these illustrations into a radio series about newlyweds Cico and Pallina. Fellini was also a playwright and the script for Rosselini's Paisan in 1946. Fellini's writings are often bizarre and use risqu? humor. He uses imagery and nostalgia as part of his films. He inspired the word Felliniesque. Fellini also directed films and was never afraid to be in a shot. He was known to be brusque and caustic, but he did get the job done.
One of Fellini's first writing jobs was to translate Flash Gordon into Italian and Fellini was a huge fan of Marvel Comics. Fellini is also credited for the term "paparazzi" that comes from a character (Paparazzo) in La Dolce Vita who is a journalist photographing the rich and famous.
Fellini's films La Strada in 1954, Nights of Cabiria in 1957 and 8/12 in 1963 plus Amarcord in 1973 won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. He was married to Guilietta Masina from 1943 until his death on October 31, 1993. They had one child who only lived for one month.