(19281949) is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather.
She is portrayed
by Simonetta Stefanelli in the film.
Shortly after Michael Corleone arrives in Sicily following his escape from
New York, Apollonia encounters Michael and, after a brief courtship, they
are married. After several months, Apollonia is killed by a car bomb
intended for Michael. The attack was set up by Michael's trusted bodyguard,
Fabrizio. In the book, she is pregnant at the time of her death. The
explosion caused by the car bomb was powerful enough to throw Michael off
his feet, and in the novel, he went into a state of unconsciousness for
about a week.
After Apollonia's death, Michael returned to the United States and married
Kay Adams though she is unaware that he had been married, then made a
widower, while he was living in Sicily.
In the novel, Michael avenges the death of Apollonia. Fabrizio is found
running a pizza parlor in Buffalo, New York. He is shot in the chest by an
assassin who walks into the pizza parlor. The assassin then tells him "Michael
Corleone sends his regards", before shooting him again in the head. In a
deleted scene from the film, Michael kills Fabrizio with a shotgun. This
scene has never been released though publicity photos of Al Pacino firing a
shotgun were distributed. In a deleted scene from The Godfather Part II,
Fabrizio is killed in front of his parlor with a bomb wired to the ignition
of his car.