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Overview (4)

Born in Bône, Constantine, France [now Annaba, Algeria]
Birth NameEdwige Sfenek
Nickname The Woman with the Spirit of a Snake
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 France beauty contest) and worked as a photo model prior to making her film debut in the comedy All Mad About Him (1967). She appeared in such saucy West German sex farces as The Blonde and the Black Pussycat (1969) and Sexy Susan Sins Again (1968).

With her lustrous and long black hair, lovely and sensuous face, full shapely figure and smoldering screen presence, Edwige soon became a very popular and much sought-after actress in a diverse array of European productions made in Italy, France, Spain and West Germany. She achieved her greatest enduring cult cinema popularity by starring in several superior Italian giallos for director Sergio Martino: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), All the Colors of the Dark (1972) and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) (she was the onetime girlfriend of Martino's producer brother, Luciano Martino).

Edwige also acted for Martino in a handful of racy Italian sex comedies and the Italian mini-series Private Crimes (1993). Other noted Italian film directors Fenech has worked for are Mario Bava (Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)), Giuliano Carnimeo (The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)), Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975)), Umberto Lenzi (The Biggest Battle (1978)), Steno (Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot (1979)),Dino Risi (I'm Photogenic (1980)) and Ruggero Deodato (Phantom of Death (1987)).

She demonstrated her exceptional range and skill as an actress with enjoyably uninhibited performances in such amusingly bawdy Italian comedic romps as Quel gran pezzo della Ubalda tutta nuda e tutta calda (1972) and The School Teacher (1975). Edwige became a television personality in the 1980s and made frequent appearances on an Italian chat show along with fellow giallo goddess Barbara Bouchet. Moreover, Fenech launched her own fashion line and founded her own film production company, Immagine e Cinema S.r.l., with her son Edwin Fenech (she co-produced the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice (2004) as well as various Italian TV mini-series and made-for-TV features).

In the mid-1990s Edwige was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. She made a welcome return to acting with a small but funny part as an alluring art class professor in Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II (2007).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Family (1)

Spouse Luciano Martino (1971 - 1979)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trivia (6)

Her father was Maltese, and her mother was an Italian from Tunisia.
Founder of Immagine e Cinema S.r.l. (Rome, Italy) - a movie production company.
In the mid-1990s she was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who was president of Ferrari, chief of the organization of the 1990 Football World Cup in Italy and, since May 2004, president of the FIAT Group.
Began her career as a photo model.
Mother of Edwin Fenech.
She has an entry in Jean Tulard's Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs, published in Paris in 2007 (page 47).

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