Jo Champa | Biography

Model – turned – actress, Jo Champa has been supporting Italian films & culture in USA since long. An Italian-American actress raised in New Jersey, Jo spent the initial years of her acting career managing screen acting jobs in Italy, for directors, like  Massimo Troisi, Damiano Damiani and Ettore Scola. Though she basically appeared in supporting roles, she always added an alluring, exotic Mediterranean quality to her performances. After collecting appreciations for her works in Italian entertainment industry, she entered the larger scene with Hollywood’s “Out for Justice”. She is celebrated for her performances in such movies as “Salome”, “Le vie del Signore sono finite”, “Il sole buio”, “Little Buddha” and “Don Juan DeMarco”.

Jo Champa delighted her family with her birth on 23rd of January 1968. Born to Italian father and American mother in Long Branch, New Jersey USA as Josephine Chiampa, Jo relocated to Rome, Italy at age seven. Started modeling at a very tender age, she became a Gianni Versace’s favorite runway model, whilst still a teen. Celebrated photographer Helmut Newton’s muse, some of their collaborated works is subject of a permanent display in the Berlin’s Museum.

Jo Champa prefers to be talk about her works rather than her personal life. She has barely shared her personal information with the media. Not much is known about her early life and boyfriends. However it is a known fact that Jo is a widow of well known Hollywood figure, Joseph Farrell. The couple exchanged the marriage vow in 1998. They are blessed with a son named, Sean. She gave birth to her first child in 2004. Her husband, Joseph died at age of 76 on 7th of December 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Before marrying Joseph, she romanced Massimo Troisi for around two years. Jo Champa is not only famed for her discernible showbiz accomplishments, but is also fêted for her momentous humanitarian efforts. She has organized a number of charity events combining fashion and film world to attain her fundraising goals for causes, such as Race to Erase MS, National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and Carousel of Hope for Juvenile Diabetes to name a few. She as well supports the association called Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Starting modeling in Italy, Jo Champa became one of the most favorite models of Gianni Versace in a very short period of time. After prancing her substances down the runways for several years and designers, she ventured into the acting world at age 18 with Claude d’Anna’s Italian/French drama “Salome”. That same year, Jo stepped into the small screen with the miniseries titled “Atelier”, starring Lino Capolic chio and Marco Bonetti. In the Academy Award nominated movie “Le vie del Signore sono Finite”, she portrayed the character of Vittoria. She was cast as the younger version of Adriana in the biopic titled “The Family”. The movie earned Oscar nomination in the category of Best Foreign Language in 1988. She next made appearances in “Saremo Felici” and “Leonardo’s Dream”. She took supporting part of Anna in “The Jeweller’s Shop”, starring Ben Cross, Daniel Olbrychski and Burt Lancaster. After grabbing a starring role in “Il sole buio”, she set her eyes in Hollywood. American director John Flynn cast her in his action flick “Out for Justice”. In 1993, she resurfaced when Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci cast her in “Little Buddha” as Maria. The following year, she worked along with Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway in a romantic comedy “Don Juan DeMarco”. The same year, Jo earned supporting part in “Monkey Trouble”. In “Direct Hit”, she co-starred with Richard Norton and William Forsythe. She landed a guest spot in the “Walker, Texas Ranger”. Returning to Italian film, she appeared in “Stella’s Favor” in 1996. Her television credits include “Nei secoli dei secoli”, “Avvocati” “CSI: Miami” and “JAG”. In 2010, she appeared in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”. As a host, she has presented Italian fashion television show called Kermesse for RAI TV. She is as well a contributing columnist and editor for Vogue Italian and L’Uomo Vogue.

Jo Champa has got a refined, eclectic and unpredictable style. While not busy, she loves listening music and cooking. She has a great fetish for photography. More information can be grabbed from wiki.