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Rossana Maiorca

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Gender Female
Death17 years ago
Date of birth February 23,1960
Zodiac sign Pisces
Born Catania
Date of died January 6,2005
Parents Enzo Maiorca
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nzo Maiorca, who has died aged 85, was widely regarded as one of the greatest freedivers of all time, and set 17 world records over his career. A champion of the sea and its denizens, he lived in fear of being confused with the fictional character of Enzo depicted in Luc Besson’s 1988 film Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue), which recounted the rivalry between two freedivers, one French, one Italian. While the film created a flattering, mythic version of Maiorca’s French friend and rival, Jacques Mayol, the onscreen portrayal of Enzo (by the French actor Jean Reno) was a thuggish invention. Though the character had been renamed “Enzo Molinari”, the connection was all too obvious and Maiorca took out an injunction to prevent screenings of the film in his native Italy. The film’s popularity can in part be ascribed to Besson’s understanding of the obsessive world of competitive freediving, in which participants descend to superhuman depths on a single breath of air. Together with Mayol and the Brazilian freediver Américo Santarelli, Maiorca had captured the public’s attention in the 1960s by defying the warnings of scientists that the human body could not survive below 50 metres on a single breath of air.

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