Deaths elsewhere

February 08, 2010

FELICE QUINTO, 80

Paparazzo model in 'La Dolce Vita'

Felice Quinto, a photographer who may have been the model for Paparazzo in the 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," from which the term "paparazzi" is derived, died of pneumonia Jan. 17 in Rockville.

Mr. Quinto strolled with his camera among the cafes of the Via Veneto, waiting for opportunities to capture celebrities and royals acting like mere mortals. He hid in bushes, assumed false identities and raced around Rome on his motorcycle to get the pictures that fed gossip-hungry publications around the world. He was always well dressed, and press accounts sometimes called him the "king of the paparazzi."

Mr. Quinto trained to be an auto mechanic, but his father owned a camera store, and Quinto had taken pictures as a hobby since childhood. A newspaperman who saw him taking pictures of beggars suggested that he became a photojournalist.

In 1958, he met an American schoolteacher, Geraldine Del Giorno, at an art gallery in Venice. They were married in 1963, the same year Quinto moved to the United States to work for the Associated Press.

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