|Intro||Italian actress and model|
|A.K.A.||Loredana Del Santo, Lori Del Santo|
|Is||Film director Model Actor Beauty pageant contestant Film actor|
|Field||Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||28 September 1958, Povegliano Veronese, Italy|
Loredana "Lory" Del Santo (born 28 September 1958) is an Italian actress, model and television celebrity.
Lory Del Santo was born in Povegliano Veronese, near Verona, into an indigent family. She is the eldest daughter of then 22-year-old Antonio Dal Santo and Clorinda. Because of low temperatures and other factors, Del Santo was born in a stable. When she was three, her father died in a car accident. She grew up with her mother and her sister, three years younger. They lived in the countryside and then moved to Verona.
In 1980 she entered the Miss Universe competition. In the early-1980s Del Santo became popular thanks to her participation in successful TV shows such as Renzo Arbore's Tagli, ritagli e frattaglie (1981) and Antonio Ricci's Drive In (1983-1988). In the second half of the 1980s, she set aside her career in the entertainment industry to devote herself to her private life. However, in 1989 and 1990 she went on tour as the protagonist for a theatrical show alongside Walter Chiari. In the Autumn of 1991 she was hired for another theater tour, but gave up for personal reasons.
Del Santo was a focus of gossip columns, in UK mainly for her relationship with Eric Clapton (who dedicated the song "Lady of Verona" to her) and for the death of their son, Conor Loren. While he was still married to Pattie Boyd, Clapton fathered Conor, who was born on 21 August 1986. Conor died on 20 March 1991, at the age of four, when he fell out of an open 'window' on the 53rd floor of a Manhattan apartment building, the 'Galeria'. The death of their son was the inspiration for Clapton's songs, "Tears in Heaven", "Circus" and "My father's eyes".
After a long absence, she returned to television in 2005 by participating in the third season of L'isola dei famosi. During this show, she received such high approval from the public that it aroused the interest of even the hardest detractors of this television genre; in the last episode she triumphed with 75% of the votes, officially marking her return to TV. In the following years she took part in others Italian reality shows, TV shows, and radio broadcasts. In 2006 a publishing house asked her to write an autobiography, but she doesn't appreciate biographies and autobiographies, so she found a compromise and wrote a book that she calls an "autobiography of my thoughts", with the title Piacere è una sfida.
The Italian singer Zucchero wrote in his autobiography about how Lory Del Santo had the idea to introduce him to Clapton, inviting the Italian singer for dinner with the couple. From this meeting, an artistic collaboration and a long friendship between the two musicians was born.
In her book, Del Santo states to have had an affair with Eric Clapton in December 1991 in Hiroshima, shortly after her son Conor's death. She has had other children, Devin and Loren, whom she raised alone as a single mother. She has never married.