Top 100 Italian Actressesby minalex | created - 05 Sep 2013 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
1. Elisa Cegani
Actress | Tempi nostri - Zibaldone n. 2
Elisa Cegani was born on June 11, 1911 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy as Elisa Angela Maria Cegani. She was an actress and costume designer, known for The Anatomy of Love (1954), Un giorno nella vita (1946) and Eleonora Duse (1947). She died on February 23, 1996 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
2. Luisa Ferida
Actress | Amore imperiale
Luisa Ferida started as a stage actress and first appeared in films with La Freccia d'oro (1935) in a supporting role but because of her photogenic looks and talent as an actress, she soon graduated to leading parts at the end of the thirties. In 1939, whilst working on An Adventure of Salvator Rosa...
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.
6. 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...
Actress | Umberto D.
Maria-Pia Casilio (5 May 1935 - 10 April 2012) was an Italian film actress, best known for her roles in "Umberto D". and "Un americano a Roma". Born in San Pio delle Camere, L'Aquila, Casilio was pretty active between 1952 and 1960, usually with the typical characterization of a querulous and naive...
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 ...
12. Anna Proclemer
Actress | Cadaveri eccellenti
Anna Proclemer was born on May 30, 1923 in Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Anna Maria Proclemer. She is known for her work on Illustrious Corpses (1976), Journey to Italy (1954) and L'idiota (1959). She was married to Vitaliano Brancati. She died on April 25, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
13. 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.
14. Giulietta Masina
Actress | Le notti di Cabiria
Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of ...
15. Dorian Gray
Actress | Le notti di Cabiria
Dorian Gray was born on February 2, 1928 in Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Maria Luisa Mangini. She was an actress, known for Nights of Cabiria (1957), Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy (1956) and Mogli pericolose (1958). She died on February 16, 2011 in Torcegno, Trentino-Alto Adige.
16. Franca Marzi
Actress | Le notti di Cabiria
Franca Marzi was born on August 18, 1926 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Francesca Marsi. She was an actress, known for Nights of Cabiria (1957), Fortunella (1958) and The Man Who Burnt His Corpse (1964). She was married to Franco Festucci. She died on March 6, 1989 in Cinisello Balsamo, Lombardy, Italy.
18. Marisa Allasio
Actress | Poveri ma belli
Marisa Allasio was born on July 14, 1936 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy as Maria Luisa Lucia Allasio. She is an actress, known for Poor But Beautiful (1957), Eighteen Year Olds (1955) and Belle ma povere (1957). She has been married to Pier Francesco Vittorio Maria Agostino Luca Frediano Calvi di ...
23. 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 ...
24. Rina Morelli
Actress | Il gattopardo
Spanning five decades of Italian cinema, Rina Morelli's screen appearances were always interesting and powerful, but it is on the stage that she produced her most interesting and ground-breaking work. She debuted, aged seven, in 'Morte Civile' by Paolo Giacometti, directed by the famous stage actor ...
25. Sandra Milo
Actress | 8½
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 ...
27. 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 ...
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 ...
32. 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...
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 ...
34. Anita Pallenberg
Actress | Barbarella
Anita Pallenberg is probably best known for her romantic links to three of the original Rolling Stones. She was born in Italy in 1942. She became a model and appeared on covers of magazines such as Vogue. In 1965, she began dating Brian Jones. Subsequently, she left him for Keith Richards in 1967. ...
35. Nora Ricci
Actress | Anna Karenina
Nora Ricci was born on July 19, 1924 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy as Eleonora Ricci. She was an actress, known for Anna Karenina (1974), Death in Venice (1971) and Nel mondo di Alice (1974). She was married to Vittorio Gassman. She died on April 16, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
37. Maria Michi
Actress | Ultimo tango a Parigi
First a typist at a law firm, young Maria Michi then became an usherette at Teatro Quattro Fontane in Rome. She was in the right place to become an actress, for was soon noticed and given small parts in the company of Sergio Stofano and Diana Torreri during the 1942-1943 season. Her first major ...
39. Pupella Maggio
Actress | Amarcord
Pupella Maggio was born on April 24, 1910 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Giustina Maggio. She was an actress, known for Amarcord (1973), Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Be Sick... It's Free (1968). She was married to Luigi Dell'Isola. She died on December 8, 1999 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Actress | La nuit américaine
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan on New Year's Day of 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Les Misérables (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and ...
46. Elena Fiore
50. 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.
Actress | Assunta Spina
Francesca Bertini was undoubtedly one of the first divas of cinema, a lady not only on screen but also in real life. She made her film debut in La dea del mare (1907) and after that producers fought for her services. In 1921 she married European nobleman and banker Alfred Cartier. She tried her ...
54. Daniela Silverio
Actress | Identificazione di una donna
Daniela Silverio is an actress, known for Identification of a Woman (1982), Amleto di Carmelo Bene (da Shakespeare a Laforgue) (1978) and Oriana (1985).
Domiziana Giordano was born on September 4, 1959 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress, known for Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Nostalgia (1983) and Zina (1985).
Actress | Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress ...
65. Valeria Golino
Actress | Rain Man
The second child of an Italian germanist and a Greek painter, Valeria Golino grew up in Naples until her parents parted. After three years in Athens with her mother and another three in Naples with her father, she began to work as a model. She left high school after her first movie and didn't study...
66. Greta Scacchi
Actress | The Player
Greta Scacchi was born in Milan, Italy, to Pamela Carsaniga, an English dancer and Luca Scacchi, an Italian art dealer and painter. She grew up in Milan and Sussex, England. In 1975, her mother and second husband moved to Australia, where, after she left school, Greta worked as an Italian ...
An Australian-Italian actress
Actress | The World Is Not Enough
Maria Grazia Cucinotta (born 27 July 1968) is an Italian actress who has featured in many films and television series since 1990. She has also worked as a producer, screenwriter and model. Cucinotta was born in Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy. She is well known in Italy as a movie and ...
69. Francesca Neri
Actress | Hannibal
Francesca Neri was born on February 10, 1964 in Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. She is an actress and producer, known for Hannibal (2001), Collateral Damage (2002) and Live Flesh (1997). She has been married to Claudio Amendola since December 11, 2010. They have one child.
70. Laura Morante
Actress | La cerise sur le gâteau
Laura Morante was born on August 21, 1956 in Santa Fiora, Tuscany, Italy. She is an actress and writer, known for Cherry on the Cake (2012), The Son's Room (2001) and Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981). She has been married to Francesco Giammatteo since October 3, 2004. She was previously married ...
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.
72. 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 ...
73. Asia Argento
Actress | Land of the Dead
Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of actors and filmmakers, both occupations which she has herself pursued. She made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni (1985). In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film, Zoo (1988)...
Actress | Il est plus facile pour un chameau...
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born on November 16, 1964 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. She is an actress and director, known for It's Easier for a Camel... (2003), Human Capital (2013) and Like Crazy (2016).
A French-Italian actress
75. Claudia Gerini
Actress | The Passion of the Christ
Claudia Gerini was born in Rome, where she did classical studies and dance training. Her acting career began when an advertising agency cast her in several commercials.
Claudia Gerini has had a long movie career in Italy and abroad, working with actors and directors like Sergio Castellito, Giuseppe ...
77. Chiara Caselli
Actress | My Own Private Idaho
Born in Bologna, she is an actress and photographer. She has acted, among others, for Michelangelo Antonioni, Liliana Cavani, Marco Tullio Giordana, Gus Van Sant, and Mia Handsen-Love. In 2008 she began to exhibit her photography; in 2011 she was at the Biennale di Venezia, in 2014 her first solo ...
Actress | Pranzo di ferragosto
Valeria De Franciscis was born on December 14, 1915 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She was an actress, known for Mid-August Lunch (2008), The Salt of Life (2011) and The New Monsters Today (2009). She was married to Gianni Bendoni. She died on February 9, 2014 in Rome.
79. Margareth Madè
Actress | Baarìa
Margareth Madè was born on June 22, 1982 in Paternò, Sicily, Italy as Margareth Tamara Maccarrone. She is an actress, known for Baarìa (2009), Andron (2015) and My House Is Full of Mirrors (2010). She has been married to Giuseppe Zeno since August 20, 2016. They have one child.
80. Violante Placido
Actress | Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Italian actress/singer/songwriter Violante Placido was born in Rome. She made her on-screen debut in Quattro bravi ragazzi (1993) alongside her father Michele Placido. In 1996 she starred in Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo (1996) which became quite successful in Italy. Her first major ...
81. Maya Sansa
Actress | Buongiorno, notte
Born in Rome in 1975, Maya Sansa is of Italian and Iranian descent. According to her interview (Io Donna magazine), Maya met her father for the first time when she was 15; until then, she had been living in Rome with her mother. As a teenager she moved to London, where she lived for many years ...
82. Isabella Ferrari
Actress | Caos calmo
Isabella Ferrari was born on March 31, 1964 in Ponte dell'Olio, Emilia-Romagna, Italy as Isabella Fogliazza. She is an actress and producer, known for Quiet Chaos (2008), A Perfect Day (2008) and The Goodbye Kiss (2006). She has been married to Renato De Maria since April 2002. They have two ...
84. Sabrina Ferilli
Actress | La grande bellezza
Daughter of the former speaker of the Italian Communist Party's delegation at the Lazio's Regional Council, Sabrina Ferilli never kept secret her leftism. Firm and stubborn, she did not care about the first unsuccessful attempts to come on to the stage. Her stubbornness was rewarded in the 1990, ...
87. Serena Grandi
Actress | La grande bellezza
Serena Grandi was born on March 23, 1958 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy as Serena Faggioli. She is an actress, known for The Great Beauty (2013), Donne sottotetto (Centro storico) (1992) and The Adventures of Hercules (1985). She was previously married to Beppe Ercole.
Actress | La grande bellezza
Maria Laura Rondanini was born on October 1, 1965 in Naples, Italy. She is an actress, known for The Great Beauty (2013), Giovanni Falcone, l'uomo che sfidò Cosa Nostra (2006) and The Soul's Place (2003). She has been married to Silvio Orlando since October 7, 2008.