STELLE ITALIANEby baltric | created - 23 Jan 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
1. 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 ...
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 ...
3. 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 ...
4. Sophia Loren
Actress | La ciociara
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 | 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 ...
Actress | Hostel: Part II
Edwige Fenech was born (as Edwige Sfenek) on December 24, 1948, in Bone, Constantine, France, to a Maltese father and an Italian mother. She began her show-business career as a participant in beauty contests (she won the title of "Miss Mannequin de la Cote d'Azur" at age 16 and even won a Miss ...
Actress | La mandragola
Rosanna Schiaffino was born on November 25, 1939 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy as Rosa Anna Schiaffino. She was an actress, known for La mandragola (1965), The Miracle of the Wolves (1961) and Romulus and the Sabines (1961). She was married to Giorgio Enrico Falck and Alfredo Bini. She died on October ...
Actress | Il mercenario
Giovanna Ralli was born on January 2, 1935 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress and writer, known for The Mercenary (1968), A Prostitute Serving the Public and in Compliance with the Laws of the State (1971) and La fuga (1965). She was previously married to Ettore Boschi.
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 ...
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 ...
14. 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, ...
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Luciana Paluzzi
Actress | Thunderball
Luciana Paluzzi is an Italian American actress. She is best known for playing S.P.E.C.T.R.E. assassin Fiona Volpe in the fourth James Bond film, Thunderball.
In the film Thunderball she had auditioned for the part of the lead Bond girl, Dominetta "Domino" Petacchi, but producers cast Claudine Auger,...
18. 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...
19. Antonella Lualdi
Actress | Le rouge et le noir
Antonella Lualdi was born on July 6, 1931 in Beirut, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon as Antonietta De Pascale. She is an actress, known for The Red and the Black (1954), Andrea Chenier (1955) and Silver Spoon Set (1960). She was previously married to Franco Interlenghi.
Actress | La ragazza fuoristrada
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi was born on February 10, 1951 in Asmara, Eritrea, Ethiopia. She is an actress and producer, known for La ragazza fuoristrada (1973), Mr. Robinson (1976) and The Prey (1974). She was previously married to Franco Cristaldi.
Actress | Estate violenta
She never found the international cross-over fame destined for Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, and most American audiences would not recognize her name, but voluptuous, visually stunning Eleonora Rossi Drago certainly made male hearts pulsate in Europe with her scores of princesses and ...
26. Giorgia Moll
Actress | Le mépris
Giorgia Moll is one of the many beauties with whom the Italian cinema teemed in the 1950s and 1960s. Her harmonious face, her perfect brown hair and her dream measurements did not escape the talent scouts of the time and she was only seventeen when she was hired for her first film Non scherzare con...
27. 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...
28. 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 ...
30. 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 ...
31. Marina Malfatti
Actress | Tutti i colori del buio
Marina Malfatti was born on April 25, 1933 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Marisa Malfatti. She was an actress, known for All the Colors of the Dark (1972), Sherlock Holmes (1968) and Malombra (1974). She was married to Umberto La Rocca. She died on June 8, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
33. Maria Pia Conte
Actress | The Arena
Born Maria Pia Vaccarezza in Genoa, the daughter of a carpenter, Conte spent her youth in Sestri Levante before moving to Genoa to study classical ballet. After a few experiences as a child actress, she was first noted as a fotoromanzi model, then she decided to pursue an acting career and enrolled...