migliori attrici italianeby lewisj77 | created - 13 Apr 2011 | updated - 13 Apr 2011 | Public
1. Anna Magnani
Actress | The Rose Tattoo
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 | 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...
3. 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)...
4. 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 ...
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.
Actress | Jane Eyre
Valentina Cervi (born 13 April 1976) is an Italian film and television actress. Cervi was born in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of director Tonino Cervi and granddaughter of the famous Italian actor Gino Cervi. Cervi started her acting career at age ten in Carlo Cotti's Portami la luna (1987). ...
Actress | La cerise sur le gâteau
Laura Morante was born on August 21, 1956 in Santa Fiora, Tuscany, Italy. She is an actress and director, known for La cerise sur le gâteau (2012), La stanza del figlio (2001) and Coeurs (2006). She has been married to Francesco Giammatteo since October 3, 2004. She was previously married to ...
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...
Actress | La nuit américaine
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 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 Caccia all'uomo (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (...
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...
14. Anna Bonaiuto
Actress | L'amore molesto
Anna Bonaiuto was born on January 28, 1950 in Latisana, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy as Anna Buonaiuto. She is an actress and writer, known for L'amore molesto (1995), Il Postino (1994) and Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti (2008).
18. Marisa Pavan
Actress | The Rose Tattoo
Marisa Pavan was born on June 19, 1932 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy as Maria Luisa Pierangeli. She is an actress, known for The Rose Tattoo (1955), Solomon and Sheba (1959) and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). She was previously married to Jean-Pierre Aumont.
21. Eleonora Giorgi
Actress | Borotalco
Eleonora Giorgi was born on October 21, 1953 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress and director, known for Borotalco (1982), Love, Lies, Kids... & Dogs (2003) and Mia moglie è una strega (1980). She was previously married to Massimo Ciavarro and Angelo Rizzoli Jr..
22. Ángela Molina
Actress | Los abrazos rotos
Ángela Molina was born on October 5, 1955 in Madrid, Spain as Ángela Molina Tejedor. She is an actress, known for Broken Embraces (2009), La mitad del cielo (1986) and Gran Reserva (2010). She has been married to Leo Blakstad since 1995. They have two children. She was previously married to Hervé ...
23. Sophia Loren
Actress | Arabesque
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 ...
Mariangela Melato was born on September 19, 1941 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She was an actress and writer, known for Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974), Flash Gordon (1980) and Todo modo (1976). She died on January 11, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
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 ...
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 ...
33. Rossella Falk
Actress | 8½
Rossella Falk was born on November 10, 1926 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonia Falzacappa. She was an actress, known for 8½ (1963), Modesty Blaise (1966) and Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971). She was married to Gualtiero Giori and Nicola Tufari. She died on May 5, 2013 in Rome.
34. 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 ...
35. 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 Il medico della mutua (1968). She was married to Luigi Dell'Isola. She died on December 8, 1999 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
40. 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...
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 ...
43. Caterina Murino
Actress | Casino Royale
Caterina Murino was born on September 15, 1977, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. In 1996 she took fourth place in the Miss Italy contest. Then she moved to Milan, where she began working as a model in commercials for MasterCard, Swatch, Mercedes-Benz and Nescafe, among other gigs. From 1999-2000 she ...
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).
47. Elsa Martinelli
Actress | Hatari!
Elsa Martinelli was born in the central Tuscan city of Grosseto into a struggling family, one of eight siblings. She had to earn her keep from the age of twelve, delivering groceries in Rome. Looking older than her years suggested, she then did some part time work as a bar maid. Aged sixteen and ...
50. 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 | Profondo rosso
Giuliana Calandra (born 10 February 1936) is an Italian film, television and stage actress, journalist and television hostess. Born in Moncalieri, Giuliana Calandra debuted in 1963 Pier Paolo Pasolini's "La ricotta" and appearing in hundreds of films, TV-series and stage works, including works by ...
54. Laura Antonelli
Actress | Malizia
Laura Antonelli was born on November 28, 1941 in Pola, Istria, Italy as Laura Antonaz. She was an actress, known for Malicious (1973), Passion of Love (1981) and L'innocente (1976). She was married to Enrico Piacentini. She died on June 22, 2015 in Ladispoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Piera Degli Esposti was born on March 12, 1938 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy as Piergianna Degli Esposti. She is an actress and writer, known for My Mother's Smile (2002), Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti (2008) and Giulia non esce la sera (2009).
Actress | La lupa
Monica Guerritore was born on January 5, 1958 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress, known for La lupa (1996), Love Under the Elms (1975) and La bella gente (2009). She has been married to Roberto Zaccaria since August 17, 2010. She was previously married to Gabriele Lavia.
Actress | La vita è bella
Nicoletta Braschi was born on April 19, 1960 in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is an actress and producer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Pinocchio (2002). She has been married to Roberto Benigni since December 1991.
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 ...
Actress | Quantum of Solace
Lucrezia Lante della Rovere was born on July 19, 1966 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Donna Lucrezia Lante Montefeltro della Rovere. She is an actress, known for Quantum of Solace (2008), Gli occhi dell'altro (2005) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986).
63. Stefania Casini
Actress | Suspiria
After graduating in Architecture, Stefania began a career in acting and worked with Pietro Germi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Peter Greenaway and Dario Argento. She moved to New York in the late 70s, where she acted in Andy Warhol's 'Bad'. While in New York she decided to move behind the camera, and ...
Actress | Mine vaganti
Elena Sofia Ricci was born on March 29, 1962 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Elena Sofia Barucchieri. She is an actress, known for Mine vaganti (2010), Io e mia sorella (1987) and Ne parliamo lunedì (1989). She has been married to Stefano Mainetti since October 2003. They have one child. She ...
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 ...
66. 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 ...