“The Gucci House, the Father, and the Son.”
When it comes to the most well-known directors on the planet, Ridley Scott must be mentioned.
Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator are just a few of the films directed by the Englishman. Indeed, with recent films like The Martian, All the Money in the World, and The Last Duel, he continues to dazzle viewers.
His most recent film, House of Gucci, is based on the true story told in the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, published in 2001.
Patrizia Reggiani is played by Lady Gaga, and Maurizio Gucci is played by Adam Driver. These are, of course, actual individuals, as are the supporting characters. Pina Auriemma, who plays an essential role in the story, is one of them.
But who is Pina Gucci of the House of Gucci?
House of Gucci: Who is Pina?
Pina, whose real name is Giuseppina Auriemma, is a psychic with whom Patrizia develops a relationship during her marriage to Maurizio.
In House of Gucci, she is introduced while giving a reading on television, and Patrizia calls in to ask for her advice, asking if she will receive what she wants.
We watch them meet up several times after this first encounter, with Pina eventually connecting Patrizia to the two hitmen who eventually orchestrate Maurizio’s murder.
This is a true reflection of reality. Pina was best renowned for the psychic dial-in television show shown in the film, according to CheatSheet.
The timing, on the other hand, has changed. In actual life, she and Maurizio met at a spa first, but this happens much later in the House of Gucci narrative.
Patrizia loved her psychic skills despite her family’s background in the food industry. Pina even went to work for Gucci at one point as their friendship grew, which isn’t mentioned in the film.
In Sara Gay Forden’s House of Gucci book, it’s explained:
“Patrizia persuaded Maurizio to let Pina open a Gucci franchise in Naples that she operated for several years before turning it over to an associate. Pina was by Patrizia’s bedside when Allegra was born in 1981. After Maurizio left home, Patrizia turned to Pina for consolation.”
She added: “When Patrizia became distraught enough to contemplate suicide, Pina talked her out of it.”
Where is Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma now?
As the film details, Pina helped Patrizia orchestrate the hit and spoke to a friend of hers, Ivano Savioni, to connect her with the man who would shoot Maurizio.
The two women were eventually arrested and Pina was sentenced to 25 years for her involvement in the crime. However, she only served 13 of them.
So, she has been out of prison for some time now and has spoken out about the whole thing as recently as 2021.
Appearing on a Discovery+ documentary, she revealed that she regretted becoming entangled in the crime and that since their arrest she has not reached out to speak to Patrizia. She explained that she hopes they never meet again.
Who plays her in House of Gucci?
Pina is played by Salma Hayek.
The 55-year-old actress was recently in the MCU blockbuster Eternals (she played Ajak) but is also well known for such movies as Frida, From Dusk Till Dawn, Grown Ups, Dogma, Traffic, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.
Other roles include Desperado and The Faculty.
House of Gucci is now in cinemas.