Donatella Raffai (Rome, 8 September 1943) is an Italian television presenter and journalist. She is the second daughter of Admiral Antonio Raffai and Maria Jelardi, both of noble families, one from Veneto and the other from Campania, she is – on the maternal side – great-granddaughter of Senator Marquis Nicola Polvere. Born in Fabriano, where her parents were displaced by the ongoing war, she spent her childhood and adolescence following her parents in various work shifts, but lived for long periods in Rome and San Marco dei Cavoti (Benevento), her mother’s town , in the house of his maternal grandfather, General Carlo Jelardi.
After settling permanently in Rome, she began her career in the world of entertainment as an actress, at the age of sixteen, in the 1960 film Dolci inganni by Alberto Lattuada, where she plays a student. Later she began working in the record industry for RCA as Public Relations Manager and also curator of images of some singers of the very young Nada, supporting her in her debut at the Sanremo Festival in 1969.
She then joined the newcomer Claudio Baglioni in the debut, and she herself appeared in some scenes of the promotional video of the song Una favola blu from 1970, an experience that will be remembered later in the 1997 show anima mia dedicated precisely to Baglioni .
In the same years he took over a part of the piper in Rome, a famous place of the Capitoline nightlife in via Tagliamento. In 1971 she began working at Rai, where she directed some radio broadcasts (Voi e io, radio Tambi”Io, known as Rome 3131), and then landed on television at the end of the 1980s, again at Rai, as author and presenter of various journalistic broadcasts and reports of RAI 3 by Angelo Guglielmi, such as Telephone yellow, Filò, Posto ublic in the green and White coat.
In 1989 success came with the program Chi l’ha visto? , directed with Paolo Guzzanti (in the first edition of 1989) and Luigi Di Majo (editions 1989 – 1990 and 1990 – 1991), to whom he gives an incisive and captivating style that receives enormous approval, so much so that in 1990 Raffai wins both the Telegatto that the TV Oscar for Female TV Personality of the Year. In the rise of the so-called useful TV, the program reaches a peak of popularity which remains among the best “historical” results of Rai 3.
In the autumn of 1991, determined to take on new challenges for her career, she left the management of the program which had brought her success and which had given her fame and devoted herself to a civil role in prime time on Rai 3, the format of denunciation of injustices against citizens.
The broadcast continues throughout the season, but is not repeated on the following year’s schedules. In the autumn of 1992 he still leads the preservale 8262 on Rai 3, a daily program created with the aim of being towed to the TG3 of the 19, which however did not achieve the hoped-for success and was canceled after a few weeks.
Inspired by her TV show, is she the author of the books who saw her? published by Eri editions Rai in 1990, and disappeared published by Rizzoli in 1991, but already at the moment willing to try new and more demanding experiences, in the autumn of 1994 he went to Rai 2 to create the periodical-in-depth format on parliamentary issues , the twisting thread, which after continuing to slide, is suspended by the Rai top management even before going on the air: Raffai should have directed the show from the following January on Raidue after the 19:45 edition of TG2, destined to slip for forty-five minutes only to make way for the broadcast After this, he returned in January 1993 to direct the show with which his name is still inextricably linked to the general public, who has seen it? , which this time presents only in the second half of the 1992-1993 season and then in the following season 1993-1994, the latter, but not finished (in fact, she was replaced in April 1994 by Giovanna Milella). In January 1995 he arrived on Rai 1 to direct the second late-night talk show Anni d’infanzia, made after a film on themes related to childhood, broadcast on the network the same night. In the 1995 – 1996 season he hosts the program late at night on Rai 1, leaving a message after the whistle, while in the 1997-1998 season he participates as a correspondent in some episodes on Sundays, in that edition directed by Michele Guardì and directed by Fabrizio Frizzi . In the nineties you Donatella Raffai is a very popular character so as to be imitated by Corrado Guzzanti in the satirical show sorry for the interruption and by many other comedians in various other television and radio programs.
It is also mentioned in a parody song by Stefano Nosei about alcoholism which in one verse says: the liver will be lost. and Raffai will look for him. Another quote in a humorous piece by Enzo Iacchetti: it was never found. on Raffai’s face, while in 1995 the singer Pino Campagna recorded the Donatella Raffai Twist. The publication in the weekly novel 2000 of a photo depicting a topless double also caused a stir. In the summer of 1997 the municipality of San Marco dei Cavoti – her country of origin – invited her as guest of honor of the Emigrant Week, an event dedicated precisely to illustrious emigrants and fellow citizens and among whom, in this occasion, there is also Lee Iacocca, whom you interviewed.
Donatella Raffai, in fact, shows strong self-irony on various occasions, such as in an amusing performance with Mario Merola in the song Zappatore during a program hosted on Rai, then posing for a photo shoot on the newspaper Gente Mese with Lino Banfi and dedicated to impossible couples , and, above all, participating in the 1998 film The war of the Antò in a short cameo chi l’ha visto? Her approach is very professional, humanitarian, combined with a certain rigorous firmness in running (she is defined as a woman who subtracts humanity from all claws, a phrase attributed to Antonio Ricci), but despite this, outside of her role she shows a character brilliant and a great sympathy not fully brought to light in the programs made.
After long controversies with Rai, at the end of 1999 she continued to work with Mediaset as presenter of Giallo 4, a Rete 4 format conceived as a remake of Rai 3’s yellow telephone, dedicated to unresolved, but unconfirmed black Italian news in later seasons due to the low ratings recorded. Married and then divorced, married in her second marriage at the end of the 1960s with the “king of nightclubs” Fabrizio Bogiankino, divorced again, she lives with her current partner Sergio Maestranzi, former director of Rai.
She is the mother of two children. After her prolonged absence from Italian television screens, some websites had spread the erroneous news of her premature death due to cancer, assuming that her disappearance would be kept secret by the official media. In fact, did this sad fate happen to another presenter who saw it? , Marcella de Palma, generating precisely this confusion combined with the fact that – years earlier – Raffai had also undergone surgery for a tumor, of a benign nature. Removed from the scene and determined to live in absolute privacy, Raffai moved from Rome to Morlupo and finally, certainly, to France, but not to the city of Rennes, as erroneously reported by various online biographies, but to the French Riviera, as the journalist testifies of the Corriere Massimiliano Jattoni Dall’asén.