Vanozza dei Cattanei

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as played by Joanne Whalley
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VANOZZA CHARACTER STATS
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Name: Vanozza dei Cattanei (Cattaneo)
Position: Mistress of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, mother of the Borgia children
Personality type: Gorgeous mature woman, with a sharp nose for business
Endearing trait(s): Capable and loving mistress and mother, good friend to Theo
Strength(s): Resolute, stern, stubborn
Weakness(es): Jealous of Giulia Farnese, weakness for Rodrigo
Quirks:

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"As long as you are with me in spirit"
- to Rodrigo after his election

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VANOZZA DEI CATTANEI PREVIOUS SEASONS
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Season One
Season Two


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VANOZZA DEI CATTANEI BIO
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The refined, aging mistress of Rodrigo, Vanozza is the mother of his children. Although she no longer shares the Pope's bed, she is still the matriarch of his household and a vital member of his family. But when a younger woman catches the Pope's eye, Vanozza unleashes a fury that threatens to unseat him. *Source Showtime



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CHARACTER CONNECTIONS
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Family Members:
Her children Cesare, Juan, Lucrezia, and Joffre Borgia by Rodrigo Borgia

Romance(s):

Rodrigo Borgia, Spanish nobleman and cardinal who eventually becomes pope as Alexander VI

Friends:
Pope Alexander VI


Enemies:

Allies:


Marriages: Theo




Victim(s):



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CHARACTER QUOTES FROM THE BORGIAS
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  • "As long as you are with me in spirit " - Vanozza to Rodrigo
  • "Don't you want them to hear--that you have a new wh*re?!" - Vanozza to Rodrigo
  • “What has this Papacy done to us, Cesare?” - Vanozza to Cesare
  • "What happened to you, Juan? You used to be such a lovely child." -- Vanozza to Juan
  • "Have both. Marry one and have the other. Have them one at a time or two together, it's no matter. After a while you'll tire of both and take a lover." -- Vanozza to Lucrezia
  • "For you? Have you no shame?" -- Vanozza to La Farnese (upon Giulia's suggestion that she wanted a cardinal's hat/position)
  • "My life without you has turned out to be a blessing in disguise." -- Vanozza to Rodrigo
  • "Cappretino..." -- Vanozza to Rodrigo


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DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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How does Vanozza dei Cattanei in The Borgias compare to actual history? Compare the facts with the fiction below!
ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
  • Head of Borgia children's household.
  • Married to "Theo".
  • In the show, she is portrayed as a brunette.
  • Spanish (ex-)courtesan.
  • Was an Italian noblewoman who owned a few inns and was married to Carlo Canale, who was given a lucrative post in the Curia.
  • Had 4 husbands, none named Theo.
  • Her portrait in history shows that she had blonde hair.

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