All time Italian divas

by rjiron | created - 01 Oct 2017 | updated - 01 Oct 2017 | Public

the best and most beautiful italian actresses

1. Gina Lollobrigida

Actress | Notre-Dame de Paris

Gina Lollobrigida was born on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, Italy. Destined to be called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", Gina possibly had St. Brigid as part of her surname. She was the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and grew up in the pictorial mountain village. The young Gina did some ...

Pane, amore e fantasia

2. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

Ieri, oggi, domani

3. Claudia Cardinale

Actress | C'era una volta il West

Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...

C'era una volta il west

4. Silvana Mangano

Actress | Dune

Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film...

Riso amaro

5. Monica Vitti

Actress | L'avventura

Monica Vitti was born on November 3, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli. She is an actress, known for L'Avventura (1960), Red Desert (1964) and L'Eclisse (1962). She has been married to Roberto Russo since 1995.

L'eclisse

6. Stefania Sandrelli

Actress | Il conformista

She was born in Viareggio (Tuscany, Italy) on June 5th, 1946. She won a beauty contest when she was just 15 years old, which led to her first role in "Il federale" together with the great Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi. She was then cast by Germi for the Italian comedy "Divorzio all'Italiana", working ...

Io la conoscevo bene

7. Anna Magnani

Actress | Roma città aperta

Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never ...

Bellisima

8. Virna Lisi

Actress | La Reine Margot

Italian goddess Virna Lisi was merely one of a plethora of European movie beauties who proved over the course of their long careers, that they were capable of more than just visual performances. Born in 1936 as Virna Pieralisi, she began her film career as a teenager in 1953. Cast more for her ...

La vingt-cinquième heure

9. Lucia Bosè

Actress | La signora senza camelie

Lucia Bosè was born on January 28, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Lucia Borlani. She is an actress, known for The Lady Without Camelias (1953), Story of a Love Affair (1950) and Fellini Satyricon (1969). She was previously married to Luis Miguel Dominguín.

Cronaca di un amore

10. Ornella Muti

Actress | Flash Gordon

Ornella Muti was born on March 9, 1955 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Francesca Romana Rivelli. She is an actress, known for Flash Gordon (1980), The Most Beautiful Wife (1970) and Oscar (1991). She was previously married to Federico Fachinetti and Alessio Orano.

Romanzo popolare

11. Monica Bellucci

Actress | Malèna

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to ...

Malèna

12. Gianna Maria Canale

Actress | Le chevalier de Pardaillan

Gianna Maria Canale was born on September 12, 1927 in Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, Italy. She was an actress, known for Clash of Steel (1962), Theodora, Slave Empress (1954) and Rigoletto (1946). She was married to Riccardo Freda. She died on February 13, 2009 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

Il boom

13. Alida Valli

Actress | The Third Man

Enigmatic, dark-haired foreign import Alida Valli was dubbed "The Next Garbo" but didn't live up to postwar expectations despite her cool, patrician beauty, remote allure and significant talent. Born in Pola, Italy (now Croatia), on May 3, 1921, the daughter of a Tridentine journalist and professor...

The third man

14. Giovanna Mezzogiorno

Actress | Vincere

Giovanna Mezzogiorno was born on November 9, 1974 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress and producer, known for Vincere (2009), Facing Windows (2003) and Love in the Time of Cholera (2007). She has been married to Alessio Federico Fugolo since October 24, 2009. They have two children.

L'ultimo bacio

15. Clara Calamai

Actress | Profondo rosso

Clara Calamai was born on September 7, 1909 in Prato, Tuscany, Italy. She was an actress, known for Deep Red (1975), The Adulteress (1946) and Obsession (1943). She was married to Leonardo Bonzi. She died on September 21, 1998 in Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Ossesione

16. Laura Antonelli

Actress | Passione d'amore

Laura Antonelli was born on November 28, 1941 in Pola, Istria, Italy as Laura Antonaz. She was an actress, known for Passion of Love (1981), Malicious (1973) and L'Innocente (1976). She was married to Enrico Piacentini. She died on June 22, 2015 in Ladispoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Malizia

17. Sandra Milo

Actress |

During the 1950s and 1960s bosomy, scintillating, dark-haired Tunisian leading lady Sandra Milo played bored patricians, manipulative mistresses and other enticing ladies of questionable morals with typical sensuous flare in scores of Italian and French productions. Born Elena Liliana Greco in ...

Fantasmi a Roma

18. Sylva Koscina

Actress | Le fatiche di Ercole

Sylva Koscina was born on August 22, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. She was an actress, known for Hercules (1958), Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Judex (1963). She was married to Raimondo Castelli. She died on December 26, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Io, io, io... e gli altri

19. Rossana Podestà

Actress | Helen of Troy

Rossana Podestà was born on June 20, 1934 in Zliten, Murqub, Libya as Carla Podestà. She was an actress and director, known for Helen of Troy (1956), Le ragazze di San Frediano (1955) and Io, Amleto (1952). She was married to Marco Vicario. She died on December 10, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Helen of Troy

20. Doris Duranti

Actress | Calafuria

Doris Duranti was born on April 25, 1917 in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy as Dora Franca Duranti. She was an actress, known for Calafuria (1943), Cavalleria rusticana (1939) and The Lion of Damascus (1942). She died on March 10, 1995 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Il re si diverte



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