Italian photographer, film producer Marina Cicogni died in Rome on November 4, 2023. Cicogna grew up in Milan, Venice, and Cortina. She was the daughter of a banker, and her grandfather was Giuseppe Volpi, an influential figure in Italy's history; one of the country's richest men, he held many government posts and founded the Venice Film Festival.
Cicogna attended Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, staying less than a year. While there, she befriended the daughter of Jack L. Warner; this connection facilitated Cicogna's introduction to other actors in Hollywood. She studied photography at another school in the United States, and took pictures of Hollywood friends, including Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. At the age of 32, Cicogna decided to pursue a career in the film industry. Her mother bought a share in a film distribution company, and Cicogna suggested films for the business to purchase. She distributed the West German film Helga, which she described as the first time a birth was shown on screen. She publicized it by placing "ambulances at the exit of the film, saying that people would faint when they saw that". Marina and her Brother Bino (Giuseppe Ascanio Cicogna Mozzoni) [1935-1971] were owners of San Marco Productions and produced several Spaghetti westerns including “Ace High” (1967), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) and “Boot Hill” (1969).