Born on April 2, 1725 in Venice Italy to Zanetta Farussi (actress) and Gaetano Giuseppe (actor) Giacomo Casanova was an author and adventurer. He penned Story of My life or Histoire de ma vie which is one of the most authentic sources of European social life during the 18th century.
Casanova's name is synonymous with womanizer and playboy due to Giacomo's many complicated affairs with women. During Casanova's youth Venice was the pleasure capital of Europe with highly tolerated social vices. Carnival, gambling houses and courtesans were wonderful drawing cards for young men of wealth. When Casanova was a teenager he moved in with a priest in Padua. The Priest's daughter fondled Casanova at the age of eleven which kindled the sparks that would later become Casanova's passions.
Casanova had a quick wit and an intense thirst for knowledge. He was admitted to the University of Padua at twelve and graduated at seventeen. He had a degree in law and studied medicine. His gambling addiction started at the university. With high debt his grandmother called him back to Venice. Casanova was a soldier, worked in the church, and dallied as a violinist. However he lost all his money gambling. He was then employed as a lawyer and a legal assistant to a senator of Italy and lived the life of a nobleman. He gambled away his money and engaged in many amorous pursuits.
He fled Venice due to scandals and criminal reports and entered in a three month affair with a Frenchwoman he call Henrietta. They fell apart and Casanova returned to Venice, made a fortune at gambling and went off on a Grant Tour. He entered Paris in 1750 after many sexual escapades and high drama.
From 1785 to 1798 Casanova lived in Bohemia and worked as a librarian. He wrote his memories and illustrated the time he spent with Clement XIII, Voltaire, Rousseau and Mozart and his endless romantic escapades. Casanova died on June 4, 1798 in the Czech Republic.