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Pia Miranda: Finding My Bella Vita


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Join beloved Australian actor Pia Miranda as she unveils the full story of her beautiful life – from childhood dreams to reigning supreme as the ultimate Australian survivor.

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About the Event

‘I had to pull apart the jigsaw and sit with all the moments and the people who helped build the person I am – the grief, the fear, the joy, the doubt and disappointments, the loves and triumphs, hates and the hurt to truly know who I am.’

There is hardly a more familiar face, or reminder of quintessential Australian adolescence, than that of Australian actor Pia Miranda. Her role as Josie in the cult classic film Looking for Alibrandi imprinted her in our hearts and minds in the 90s, but her story extends far beyond that iconic character.

In her new memoir, Finding My Bella Vita, Miranda recalls the moments and people who have shaped her life. Sharing childhood tales from her Nonna, recounting her early pursuit of a ballet career, her unexpected entry into the world of acting, and her return to screens on Australian Survivor, Miranda explores the rollercoaster ride of fame, the challenges of real life, and the push and pull between her Italian heritage and Australian upbringing.

Join Pia Miranda and host Jaclyn Crupi for a special Spring Fling event and be reminded of the power of embracing your true self.


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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is Readings.


About Spring Fling

Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.

We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.

Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.


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Pia Miranda

Pia Miranda is one of Australia’s best loved and critically acclaimed actors. Since bursting onto the big screen in the much-loved film Looking for Alibrandi, Pia has become part of Australian film and television history and a familiar face for generations of Alibrandi readers. Pia’s acting r... Read more

Jaclyn Crupi

Jaclyn Crupi is a book editor, project manager, event host and bookseller. Jaclyn has worked in publishing and bookselling since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English and Cinema Studies) from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from RMIT. Jaclyn has written nume... Read more


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