We read in Friday's Corriere a curious thing that Frengo ("Franco Zeffirelli" for those not in the know) is insisting is 100% true. After receiving an Italian achievement award recently at the Quirinale, Zeffirelli announced to everyone that he is distilled from a prestigious line of greatness, more specifically from the Leonardo da Vinci clan.
He said, "It's not a joke, but Leonardo da Vinci was indeed my ancestor." He went on to say, "The Corsi's: they are my family, as well as the same family descended from Leonardo. My great, great grandfather got a peasant girl pregnant, and she gave birth to the great Leonardo."
It all came about when he received a package from his father that contained loads of letters explaining the lineage. Remember, Zeffirelli was illegitimately born, and his last name was plucked capriciously from Idomeneo, "Zeffiretti", which was mistakenly written in official records as “Zeffirelli”.
Vouching the authenticity is Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, who says that truly, Frengo is 100% a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. ha ha. playin. He's Frengo. Frengo da Vinci.
Friend of OC, SarahB, has just wallowed in the HD glory of Frengo's Aida on a NYC screen.