The Best Actresses Ever - Italy

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 25 May 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists. Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. 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 ...

4836 points

2. 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 ...

3898 points

3. 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 ...

3030 points

4. 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 ...

2995 points

5. 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 ...

2769 points

6. 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...

2582 points

7. 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...

2538 points

8. Lea Massari

Actress | Le souffle au coeur

Lea Massari was born on June 30, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Anna Maria Massatani. She is an actress and writer, known for Murmur of the Heart (1971), A Difficult Life (1961) and L'Avventura (1960).

2006 points

9. Nicoletta Braschi

Actress | La vita è bella

Nicoletta Braschi was born on April 19, 1960 in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is an actress, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Hardboiled Egg (1997). She has been married to Roberto Benigni since December 1991.

1824 points

10. 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 ...

1691 points

11. 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.

1647 points

12. Mariangela Melato

Actress | Flash Gordon

Mariangela Melato was born on September 19, 1941 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is known for her work on Flash Gordon (1980), Swept Away (1974) and Love & Anarchy (1973). She died on January 11, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1211 points

13. 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...

1110 points

14. 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 ...

1094 points

15. Lucia Bosé

Actress | La signora senza camelie

Lucia Bosé 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 Rome 11:00 (1952). She was previously married to Luis Miguel Dominguín.

1087 points

16. Valentina Cortese

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 Les Misérables (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and ...

1058 points

17. 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 ...

864 points

18. Isa Miranda

Actress | Le mura di Malapaga

Isa Miranda was one of the most significant actresses in Europe from the 1930s-'50s. Her remarkable talent expressed itself both in cinema and theater. She reached international popularity in the 1930s, especially in France, Germany and Austria, and became the only international movie star produced...

751 points

19. 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.

649 points

20. 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 ...

549 points

21. Nicole Grimaudo

Actress | Mine vaganti

Nicole Grimaudo was born on April 22, 1980 in Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy. She is an actress, known for Loose Cannons (2010), Baarìa (2009) and Handsome Anthony (2005).

441 points

22. Anna Galiena

Actress | Senso '45

Anna Galiena was born on December 22, 1954 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Anna Maria Galiena. She is an actress, known for Black Angel (2002), The Hairdresser's Husband (1990) and Senza pelle (1994).

396 points

23. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

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).

375 points

24. Isabella Rossellini

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 ...

369 points

25. 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 ...

331 points

26. Pier Angeli

Actress | Battle of the Bulge

Anna Maria Pierangeli was born June 19, 1932, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Anna and her twin sister, Marisa Pavan, both had their eyes on become film stars, since that was one of the big Italian pastimes. Anna adopted her surname and split it in half, and it was as Pier Angeli that she would find ...

254 points

27. 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.

251 points

28. Alba Rohrwacher

Actress | Hungry Hearts

Alba Rohrwacher was born on February 27, 1979 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Alba Caterina Rohrwacher. She is known for her work on Hungry Hearts (2014), The Wonders (2014) and I Am Love (2009).

184 points

29. Giovanna Ralli

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.

119 points



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