Totò, one of the best loved Italian comedians of all time, was born in Naples as Antonio Vincenzo Clemente on February 15, 1898, in the heart of poverty-ridden Rione Sanità. He went by his mother’s surname until 1921, when Marquis De Curtis, the young heir of a penniless noble family married Anna Clemente and recognized Totò as his natural son. This was the first rung in Totò’s long ascent towards social recognition and status-based prestige a climb that charac-terized him throughout his entire life. Totò was, in fact, well-known for having what we might call ‘the nobody’s son complex.’ His greatest desire was to be recognized by the world as a person of noble descent, and he spent his entire life looking for ways to earn a variety of unthinkable ti-tles. Totò would either purchase ownership outright or ‘come across’ titles by befriending old nobles who were willing to ‘adopt’ him. That was how it came to be that Totò, born as Antonio Vincenzo Clemente, went to his grave in 1967 as Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo, Ducas Comneno Porfirogenito Gagliardi De Curtis of Bisanzio, His Imperial Highness, Count Palatino, Knight of the Holy Roman Empire, Esarca di Ravenna, Duke of Macedonia and Illiria, Prince of Constantinople, of Cicilia, of Tessaglia, of Ponto, of Moldavia, of Dardania, of Peloponneso, Count of Cipress and Epiro, Count and Duke of Drivasto and Duraz.