dated (November 1959 - March 12, 1961)
Nov 59 meets Italian journalist Gualtiero Jacopetti. He’s 15 years her senior.
Spring 60 Jacopetti becomes her steady escort. He had been forced to marry an 11-year-old gypsy to avoid legal prosecution.
the press heralds that Belinda Lee doesn’t give a damn about Prince Orsini or Walter Chiari. Now she has a new playboy, Gualtiero Jacopetti, who has distinguished himself by seducing a gypsy girl despite the armed resistance of her gypsy tribe. Jacopetti is a veteran journalist and the editor in chief of a leading Italian magazine. He comes to films as a commentary writer and narrator of documentaries.
for the abduction of two Chinese girls who are still minors, Jacopetti is sentenced to three months in a Hong Kong jail
there is gossip about Belinda and Jacopetti’s being engaged and about to get married/becomes engaged to Jacopetti
spends her last days in Las Vegas. There she and Jacopetti meet fellow Italian actor Rosanno Brazzi, who will play himself in Jacopetti’s upcoming Mondo Cane / Women of the World
she is off to Las Vegas with Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti, his co-director Pietro/Paolo Cavara, and Neapolitan driver Alet Nino Falenza/Falenga. The men are employed by Cineriz of Rome, a film company, and they are making a documentary, The Woman in the World, about women's lives in various parts of the world. She is not in the film. When the men are about three-quarters through the shooting, they return to California.
13 March 61
she, Italian director Gualtiero Jacopetti, his co-director Pietro/Paolo Cavara, and the Neapolitan driver, Alet Nino Falenza/Falenga, are traveling from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Near San Bernardino, California, on US 91, nearly 210 miles east of Filmland, the driver, driving too fast, loses control on the winding road. A tire blows, the car somersaults and is flipped over on its top, and she is thrown out. She was sitting next to the driver and ended up with her face on the ground and her body inside the car / her body is found 60 ft. from the car.
she is seriously injured and dies twenty minutes later of a fractured skull and broken neck in the arms of a California police officer who watches her moaning repeatedly. He will remember her as “the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.”
Jacopetti’s leg is broken; the driver and Cavara are only slightly injured. They and the driver are taken to a hospital in Barstow.
15 March 61
from his hospital bed, Jacopetti calls her name over and over. He tells of vainly trying to save her life in the last seconds before the crash: “When the tire blew, I was sitting in the back seat behind her. I tried to hold her...then all of a sudden the car started to turn around...and she was out of the car.”
“He just keeps calling her name over and over,” said Michael Guarini, Jacopetti’s friend from Los Angeles. “They were very much in love with each other.”
Jacopetti will claim "She has put her mark on me for ever." In 1962 he will turn out Mondo Cane, the first and commercially most successful of several sensational feature-length documentaries that focuses on lurid and cruel aspects of life.