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Pia Miranda: Finding My Bella Vita

This event features beloved Australian actor Pia Miranda discussing the full story of her beautiful life – from childhood dreams to reigning supreme as the ultimate Australian survivor.

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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 2023 memoir, Finding My Bella Vita, Miranda recalled 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 explored the rollercoaster ride of fame, the challenges of real life, and the push and pull between her Italian heritage and Australian upbringing.

Pia Miranda was joined by host Jaclyn Crupi for a special Spring Fling event at the Wheeler Centre in October 2023.



Spring Fling was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund. Special thanks to official bookseller Readings and accommodation partner The Sofitel.


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