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Emma Morano-Martinuzzi
Emma Morano 117
Emma Morano on her 117th birthday.
Birth: 29 November 1899
Civiasco, Vercelli, Italy
Death: 15 April 2017
Pallanza, Verbania, Italy
Age: 117 years, 137 days
Country: ITA Flag ITA

Emma Morano-Martinuzzi (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017) was an Italian supercentenarian, believed to have been the oldest verified living person in the world following the death of American Susannah Mushatt Jones on 12 May 2016 until her own death on 15 April 2017. She was the last documented person to have born in the 1800s and one of the last three born in the 19th Century. She was the oldest living person in Italy and Europe since the death of Maria Redaelli on 2 April 2013. She also holds the title of oldest verified Italian person ever. She was also the 5th-oldest verified person ever. Morano celebrated her 117th birthday on 29 November 2016, becoming the second European to do so.


Emma Martina Luigia Morano was the eldest of the eight (5 daughters, 3 sons) children born to Giovanni Morano and Matilde Bresciani on 29 November 1899 in Civiasco in the Province of Vercelli in Italy. When she was a child, she moved from the Sesia Valley to Ossola for her father's job, but the climate was unhealthy there, so a physician advised her family to live somewhere with a milder climate so the family moved to Pallanza, on Lake Maggiore, where Morano lived until her death. Her mother and aunt and some of her siblings reached age 90, and her sister Angela Morano (1908–2011) died at 102. Angela and Emma were the oldest living siblings in Italy until Angela died.

She married Giovanni Martinuzzi (1901–1978) in 1926, when she was 27 and he was 25. They had a son in 1937, but unfortunately, he died 6 months after birth. The marriage wasn't happy (as Giovanni reportedly engaged in spousal abuse), and in 1938 she drove her husband out of the house and they separated, but were formally married until his death. She said she never took drugs, ate three eggs a day and drank a glass of homemade brandy.

Emma Morano died on 15 April 2017, aged 117 years, 137 days.



World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerRosalia SpotoChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet Brown

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