The upcoming House of Gucci film is actually adapted from Sara G Forden’s 2001 non-fiction book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. The book itself is somewhat a behind-the-scenes examination of the tumultuous Gucci family legacy—in particular the marriage of Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani and Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci—and his subsequent, scandalous murder.
Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci married in 1973 and later had two daughters, Alessandra and Allegra. As Maurizio helmed the family business, Patrizia became Gucci’s chief advisor and since he was the only child of Rodolfo Gucci, Maurizio inherited his father’s majority stake in Gucci. Naturally, this led to some family fighting, and Maurizio became embroiled in a public legal battle against his uncle Aldo Gucci, vying for full control of the company. Spoiler: Maurizio won. And soon after, in 1985, he left Patrizia and his daughters for a life with his new girlfriend, Paola Franchi. In 1993, Maurizio, after a period of some seriously reckless spending, was forced to sell his shares in the company to Investcorp, for $120m.
Everything was pretty quiet for a couple of years; until March 27th 1995. On this day, Maurizio was entering his office building on Via Palestro 20 in Milan when he was shot three times in the back, and once in the head, by a mystery gunman. Giuseppe Onorato, the building’s doorman was also shot, although he survived. Maurizio, however, collapsed and died right there on his office steps.