"Directors at that time didn’t want actors to act, especially actresses. They were expected to be pretty. So they told me to stick to the theater. They said, ‘Your nose is too thin.’ My whole family went away to America to live. They couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t go with them. "Maria Luisa," they said, ‘How can you stay alone in Italy?’ But I used their absence to become an actress. That’s how I became Monica Vitti. When they came back, my parents had to call me Monica. They had to acknowledge what had happened."
-Monica Vitti née Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, 1986, Interview magazine