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Emma Morano-Martinuzzi
Emma Morano 117
Emma Morano on her 117th birthday.
Birth: 29 November 1899
Civiasco, Vercelli, Italy

117 years, 115 days

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Emma Martina Luigia Morano-Martinuzzi (born 29 November 1899) is an Italian supercentenarian, believed to be the oldest verified living person in the world since the death of American Susannah Mushatt Jones on 12 May 2016. She is the last documented person to have born in the 1800s and one of the last three born in the 19th Century. She has been 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 is also currently 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 still lives. 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. Morano lives independently in her house, and takes care of her and the house herself. She said she never takes drugs, eats 3 eggs a day and drinks a glass of homemade brandy.

Following the death of American woman Susannah Mushatt Jones on 12 May 2016, Emma Morano became the World's Oldest Living Person.



Italy's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Domenico Minervino • Maddalena Figone • Maria Sirianni • Giuseppa Spolitu-Sanna • Chelidonia Merosi-Lollobrigida • Valentino Stella • Eleonora Casagrande • Addolorata De Vitis • Antonio Baldo • Giovanna Lizzio • Antonio Todde • Teresa Fumarola • Giovanni Frau • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi • Giulia Sani • Lorenza Dotta • Maria Negri • Lucia Lauria • Ida Frabboni • Venere Pizzinato-Papo • Stella Nardari-Vecchiato • Maria Redaelli • Emma Morano

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