Suso Cecchi D'Amico, the Italian screenwriter of such celebrated movies as "Bicycle Thieves" and "Big Deal on Madonna Street," died Saturday in Rome. She was 96.
D'Amico worked such Italian greats as Michelangelo Antonioni, Mario Monicelli and Franco Zeffirelli. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1966 for her "Casanova 70" and in 1994 received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival.
Bicycle Thieves was one of her first films and became one of the key works of the neorealist movement that came to prominence in post-war Italy.
Later successes included "The Leopard," one of several films she made with Luschino Visconti.