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Stephanie Sandrelli

Stefania Sandrelli (Stefania Sandrelli) - film actress from Italy, fashion model, director and screenwriter. She has more than eighty works in films of various genres (comedies, melodramas, dramas, thrillers, intellectual cinema, erotic films).


The future actress was born on June 5, 1946 in the Italian commune of Viareggio in the Toscana region of the province of Lucca (Provincia di Lucca).

Way to the cinema

Parents of the girl Othello (Othello) and Florida (Florida) Sandrelli early noticed his daughter's acting talent. The father of the family dies as soon as the girl is 8 years old and they, with their older brother Sergio (Sergio), who later became a famous musician, remain in the care of his mother. From the age of eight, Stephanie has been dancing and learning to play the accordion. When the time came, the girl was enrolled in a commercial school, where she went with great pleasure. There, Stefania successfully takes part in unprofessional performances.

At the age of fourteen, the future star becomes a participant in the annual Miss Italy beauty contest, and at the age of 15, she becomes a winner in the Miss Viareggio contest.

Immediately, the girl began to receive offers from directors about filming a movie. The first paintings in which she debuted in 1961 were:

  • “Night Youth” (“Giovent di notte”), directed by Mario Sequi (Mapio Sequi);
  • "Fascist Leader" ("Il federale") directed by Luciano Salce (LucianoSalce), where she starred with Hugo Tonyazzi (Ugo Tognazzi).

First success

Thanks to participation in these paintings, the actress managed to be seen by film director Pietro Germi. He invited her to shoot the movie Divorzio all'italiana in 1961, where he gave the young talent the leading role of Angela, which later brought the girl great fame. Her partner in the film was already seasoned actor Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello Mastroianni).

The last shots of the film, where Stefania appears in a bikini, in all its glory demonstrate the perfect body of a girl. The unsurpassed play of the actors was noticed by both critics and spectators.

In 1964, while continuing to work with the same director, Stefania played a major role in the tragicomedy Sedotta and Abbandonata. This finally confirmed the performer in the role of a movie star.

In 1965, another film "I knew her well" ("Io la conoscevo bene") directed by Antonio Pietrangeli with the role of a psychological plan strengthened the actress's triumph.

Jermie shot Sandrelli in two more comedy films:

  • "Immoral" ("L'immorale"), in 1967, together with Hugo Tonyazzi;
  • Alfredo, Alfredo (Alfredo, Alfredo), in 1972, partner Dustin Lee Hoffman (Dustin Lee Hoffman);

In 1974, Pietro Germi passed away. Stefania was very worried about the departure from the life of her beloved director, but she did not stop acting in tragicomedy.

New Horizons

The lines of stage characters designated by Jermi for Sandrelli sparkled with new faces in her tandem with Italian film director and screenwriter Ettore Scola. From the beginning of the seventies, the performer shone in his works:

  • Comedy drama "We Loved Each Other So Much" ("C'eravamo tanto amati"), 1974. The following year, the film won the Golden Prize of the 9th Film Festival in Moscow. Stage partners were Nino Manfredi and Vittorio Gassman. The film becomes the last work for Vittorio Gaetano de Sica (Vittorio Gaetano De Sica), who died during the installation of the tape;
  • Tragicomedy Terrace (La terrazza), 1980 year. The heroine Sandrelli (Giovanna) appears in the image of an activist of the left forces, passionate only about politics. But the passion for the opposition (the hero of Vittorio Gassman) aroused femininity in Giovanna;
  • Melodrama "Family" ("La famiglia"), 1987 year. Another film with Gassman, not as outstanding as the two previous ones, but with the same unsurpassed play of the star duo.

Other roles

In addition to the comedy genre, Sandrelli also had roles of a different orientation, she also works with such directors as: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Melville, Frenchman Jean Becker, Italian Carlo Lizzani, Italian Bernardo Bertolucci (Bernardo Bertolucci). The most significant pictures in the biography of the actress are films:

  • Crime drama "Senior Fershaw" ("L'aine des Ferchaux"), 1963, directed by Melville. The film is an adaptation of the novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon (Georges Simenon) "The Case of Fershaw." The first male role in the film is performed by Jean-Paul Belmondo;
  • Comedy "Tender crook" ("Tendre Voyou"), 1966, directed by Becker, where Sandrelli works again with Belmondo;
  • Drama "Partner" ("Partner"), 1968, directed by Bertolucci. The picture is based on the story of Fyodor Dostoevsky "Double";
  • Drama “The Graminyi's Lover” ("L'amante di Gramigna"), 1969, directed by Lidzani. The modern story of Robin Hood, deprived of land. For her work in the film, Stephanie was awarded at the International Festival of Cinema in San Sebastian (Festival Internacional de Cine de Donostia-San Sebastian) in the nomination "Best Actress";
  • Drama "Conformist" ("Il conformista"), 1970, directed by Bertolucci. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by the Italian writer Alberto Moravia and in 1971 was awarded the national film award "David di Donatello" ("Ente David di Donatello") in the category "Best Film of the Year";
  • The historical drama "Twentieth Century" ("Novecento") Bertolucci, 1976. Sandrelli took part in the film already at the Olympus of European cinema, her partners were: Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu and Burton Stephen Lancaster.

In the 1970s. The actress was invited to the shooting and other masters of European cinema.

Sandrelli worked with the French director Claude Chabrol on the set of the thriller Les magiciens in 1976. The Italian director Mario Monicelli filmed a movie star in Brancaleone alle crociate, 1970.

Italian director Luigi Comencini invited the actress to roles in the films: Crime in the Name of Love (Delitto d'amore) in 1974 and Cork - an Unbelievable Story (L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile) in 1979.

Since the eighties, Stefanie has many roles in films of the erotic genre at the invitation of young talents Tinto Brass and Sergio Corbucci. The most striking films of this period for the actress are the pictures:

  • Erotic drama "Key" (“La chiave”), 1983, directed by Brass;
  • Erotic melodrama "Attention" ("L'attenzione"), 1985, directed by Soldati. The picture is noteworthy in that in it Stephanie was shot simultaneously with her eldest daughter Amanda;
  • Drama "Glasses in a gold frame" (“Gli occhiali d'oro”) in 1987, directed by Giuliano Montaldo (Italian: Giuliano Montaldo);
  • Comedy “We hope there will be a girl” ("Speriamo che sia femmina") Monicelli, 1986.

In 1990, the actress starred in five films at once, in 1994, 1996, 2001, 2004, she worked annually in four films, in 1992, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008-2010. Sandrelli had three projects each year.

In 2012, Stefania Sandrelli starred in the mini-series "Big Family" ("Una grande famiglia").

Personal life

From the age of sixteen, Stephanie begins a close relationship with his married musician Gino Pauli, and in 1964 they had a daughter, Amanda, who later became an actress, although not as outstanding as her mother.

Later, in 1973, Sandrelli gives birth to a son Vito from Nicky Pende. Now the actress has grandchildren: Rocco (Rocco), Elena (lena), Dorothy (Dorothy) and Francisco (Francesco).

In 1983, Stefania decided on a civil marriage with the director Giovanni Soldati (Giovanni Soldati) and still lives with him. She does not like to advertise her personal life, so much of it remains unknown to many fans.


The actress is the owner of dark brown eyes and chic, curly, soft dark hair. She does not paint in other colors, as she prefers naturalness and natural beauty.

She has a light skin tone and not very full lips. Stephanie is not a supporter of plastic surgery, does not pump herself with silicone and is not fond of suspenders. The face is oval, the forehead and nose are medium. Height - 177 centimeters, on the body there are no tattoos and piercings.

Awards and nominations

The movie star was nominated eight times for the David di Donatello film award:

  • In the category “Best Actress” for the picture “Mignon left” (“Mignon е partita”) in 1989 (winner), for the film “A Strange Illness” (“Il male oscuro”) in 1990 (winner), “Family” in 1987 and The First Beautiful (La prima cosa bella) in 2010;
  • In the category “Supporting Actress” for the film “The Last Kiss” (“L'ultimo bacio”) in 2001 (winner), for the film “Brother and Sister” (“Figli / Hijos”) in 2002 (winner) the film “For the sake of love, only for the sake of love” (“Per amore, solo per amore”) in 1994 and for the film “The Simple Nymph” (“Ninfa plebea”) in 1996;
  • Sandrelli was awarded the Silver Ribbon Award (Nastro d'argento) in 2010 for her work in the movie The First Beautiful.

Interesting Facts

  1. During training at the school, Stefania, like other girls of her age, often visited the beach. There, one photographer took three dozen of her photographs, which he later managed to sell to the magazine “Hours” (“Le Ore”), and one of the pictures adorned its cover. The girl agreed to pose because she dreamed of fame, wealth and success.
  2. Since childhood, the girl liked jazz, she even tried to record songs using an old tape recorder.
  3. In 2009, Sandrelli wrote the script and made a film based on it called "Christine, Cristina" ("Christine, Cristina").
  4. In 2005, the film star was awarded the Golden Lion Prize (Leone d'Oro) for her contribution to the art of cinema at the International Film Festival in Venice (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica).
  5. Stefania Sandrelli is listed as a partner of Distilleria Bottega, which produces Acino d'Oro and Chianti Classico DOCG under her brand.

Watch the video: Amanda Sandrelli. (February 2020).


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