Enzo Tortora was an Italian television presenter. He was born on November 30, 1928, and he worked on national RAI television. He was born in Genoa, Italy and he graduated from school with a degree in journalism in his native city.
He worked in theater with Paolo Villaggio before joining the RAI – Italy’s state radio and television corporation – as a radio announcer.
It must be noted that in 1956, he first appeared on television and presented programs such as Domenica Sportiva and Giochi senza frontiere. Later in 1969, he was sacked by RAI.
This was due to the fact that he had described the managers of RAI as a group of Boy Scouts trying to pilot a supersonic jet plane unsuccessfully. Enzo Tortora made a return to RAI in 1977 after working for some private TV stations and various newspapers.
Enzo Tortora was the co-founder of Telebiella in the 1970s and it was the first Italian free TV station. He was the host of the programme called Portobello in 1977.
The program attracted up to 26 million people every Friday night, far outperforming any other programme. Enzo Tortora was unjustly convicted of being a member of the Camorra and drug trafficking in 1985.
He was subsequently imprisoned for 10 years. However, he got acquitted of all the charges later in 1987 by the Supreme Court of Cassation.
Daughter of Enzo Tortora cause of death
The daughter of Enzo Tortora was Silvia Tortora. Silvia Tortora was an Italian journalist and she was born on November 14, 1962.
Her mother was Miranda Fantacc. She had an elder sister called Gaia Tortora. Silvia Tortora collaborated with Giovanni Minoli at Mixer in 1985 and later in 2004, she also collaborated on the program La storia siamo noi, again with Giovanni Minoli.
Between 1988 and 1997, she worked on the weekly magazine Epoca. She was the proud winner of the silver ribbon at the Taormina Film Fest as the “best cinematographic subject” with the film A Respectable Man by Maurizio Zaccaro in 1999.
It must also be noted that in 2002, she edited the book Cara Silvia, published by Marsilio Editori. She was married to French actor Philippe Leroy, with whom she had two children, Philippe and Michelle.
Silvia Tortora died on January 10, 2022, at the age of 59. She died in a Roman clinic. Details about her illness and death are currently unknown.