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Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini de Savingniano di Romagnia
August 7, 1968 in Rome, Italy
Augusto and Barbara Goldbach Gregorini

Francesca was born and raised until the age of 8 in Rome Italy. In 1976, her parents divorced after 10 years of marriage. Barbara moved to the United States while Augusto remained in Italy, both of them managed to arranged custody of Francesca and her younger brother Gianni. In 1980, Barbara met and fell in love with Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey) on the set of the movie, "Caveman". In December that same year, while her mother and Richie was away on a holiday, Francesca called her mother and Richie to inform them that Richie's former bandmate, John Lennon, was killed in New York City. Barbara and Richie went straight to New York to console Yoko Ono and her son with John, Sean Lennon. On April 27, 1981, Richie and Barbara were married. Francesca and Richie's daughter from a previous marriage, Lee Starkey, served as bridesmaids. During the 1980s, Francesca continued on with school while her mother and step-father dealt with alcoholism. Although she had boyfriends in the past, at the age of 19, Francesca realized that she was homosexual. She works as a musician with her first c.d. “Sequel” and does club dates. Francesca was involved with actress Portia di Rossi since 2001 until their relationship ended in 2004. In 2014, Francesca started a relationship with producer Morgan Marling.


2003- "Sequel"


Film Writer & Director

2009- Tanner Hall

2013- Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes

written by Jeannette