Maria Venuti ‘I'M FINALLY A NONNA!'
Woman's Day Australia|November 1 2021
It’s a dream come true for the flamboyant entertainer and gutsy stroke survivor
Craig Bennett

There’s a heartwarming reason Maria Venuti can’t stop smiling. The larger-than-life showbiz sensation’s decades-long desire to become a grandmother has finally been realised.

“Mum is bursting with so much pride and love. It’s the most beautiful thing to see her radiant with such happiness every time she sees her grandchild. It’s a miracle and blessing rolled into one,” reveals Maria’s devoted daughter, carer, and glowing new mother, Bianca, 41.

“For as long as I can remember, Mum has been fixated on me (her only child) meeting Mr Right and bringing a baby into the world. To become a doting nonna has always been top of her wish list,” says Bianca, who gave birth to Allegra Maria Jardim Venuti-Freitas in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Private Hospital on September 22.

“When my fiance, Gary Freitas, and I brought Allegra home, Mum’s eyes lit up with such immense joy, she almost leaped out of her wheelchair with excitement.”

The singer and actress has been living with the aftermath of a catastrophic stroke in 2016, which led to her spending 48 hours in an induced coma.

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