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Margareth Madè (22 June 1982, Paternò, Italy) born Margareth Tamara Maccarrone is an italian model and actress. She uses her artist name because her own surname "Maccarrone" has too many associations with pasta.
Madè was born in Paternò to an Italian father and an Egyptian mother, but grew up in Adrano and Pachino. She began her modelling career at the age of 15 and in 2000 she won a contest New Model Today organised by WhyNot Agency in Milan. She takes parts in various international fashionshows and televisionprograms like Donna sotto le stelle (2000/2002) and La Kore (2002), both broadcasted by Rai Uno. She also did some publicity campaigns.
After studying acting she is chosen by Giuseppe Tornatore for the part of Mannina in Baaria. After that, she plays the role of Sofia Loren in the miniserie La mia casa è piena di specchi, broadcasted in 2010 by Rai Uno
Peter "Pietros" Maneos (born December 16, 1979) is an American author. He was raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Peter attended The Haverford School and Northfield Mount Hermon before attending The University of Miami where he majored in English Literature and minored in Classical Antiquity. He first gained notoriety within popular culture in 2001 with his appearance in the famed Abercrombie and Fitch Quarterly photographed by Bruce Weber. After this, he became a well-known model appearing in International Male, BodyBodyWear and a plethora of fitness magazines.
In 2001, Peter under the pen name 'Pietros Maneos' published a poetry collection, The Soul of A Young Man (Rome: S. Perrocchi) Due to its Baroque style and emotional intensity, his poetry was compared to Pablo Neruda, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Lord Byron.
In 2005, Pietros published his second work, Poems of Blood and Passion.
Maneos is presently finishing a Satirical Poem that he began in 2002, titled American Bards & The London Reviewer, a poem which satirizes T.S. Eliot, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, and Frank O'Hara.
In April of 2012, Aesthete Press published a novella written by Maneos titled 'The Italian
Alena Buffon (née Šeredová) (Czech pronunciation: [ˈalɛna ˈʃɛrɛdovaː]; born 21 March 1978 Prague) is a Czech model currently living and working in Italy. She is the wife of Italian football goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Alena's modeling career started at the age of 15. Five years later, Alena was first runner-up of Miss Czech Republic 1998 and her country's representative at Miss World 1998 where she placed fourth in the finals. She started her career as a model in 2002. Alena was chosen by the Italian comedian Giorgio Panariello to co-host his own prime-time TV show Torno Sabato. Alena has been featured on the covers of several magazines including Penthouse Europe, Playboy Europe, Spy, Extreme and Quo. In 2005, Alena was chosen to pose in Max Calendar.
Alena is currently living with her husband, Italian national football goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. They have a son named Louis Thomas Buffon, who was born on 28 December 2007. Their second son, David Lee was born on 1 November 2009, in Milano, Italy.
She has a sister named Eliška, who is also a model. Her mother's name is Jitka Šeredová.
Alena co-owns the Italian clothing-line Baci e Abbracci together with Buffon's former national
Stella Malucchi (Thai: สเตลล่า มาลูกี้) is an Italian-Colombian model and actress. Fluent in the Thai language, she has primarily worked in Thailand, and has acted in two films, Tears of the Black Tiger and Angulimala.
For her first film, Tears of the Black Tiger, she was spotted in a Thai music video by director Wisit Sasanatieng, who thought she would be perfect for the role of Rumpoey. Through make-up and costuming, Malucchi was transformed into a young, noble-born Thai woman in 1950s Thailand. She studied at Ruamrudee International School.
Stella fell ill one week after she gave birth to her son on Jan 2, and was admitted into hospital On Jan 24, 2010. After being directly admitted into ICU, she lost consciousness and lapsed into a coma. Tests revealed that she had hyperparathyroidism, a rare disease in which a defective parathyroid gland allows dangerously high calcium levels (hypercalcaemia). Being too weak for an operation to remove her parathyroid, she was placed on an artificial lung and heart machine. After five days and requiring dialysis several times a day, Stella showed signs of improvement. Unfortunately, complications soon developed. A restricted blood-flow to her
Joyce Nizzari (born May 20, 1940 in The Bronx, New York) is an American model, dancer, and actress. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its December 1958 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Bunny Yeager. She is of Italian descent.
Yeager discovered Nizzari in Miami when she was 15, but only had her do bikini shots until after Joyce turned 18. In August 1957 Nizzari won a cup awarded by the Florida Photographers Association. She was chosen queen of their annual convention.
She went on to date Hugh Hefner for a few years following her Playmate appearance, and she worked as a Bunny at the first Playboy Club in Chicago. In the late 1990s Joyce returned to the Playboy fold full-time as one of Hefner's assistants in the Playboy Mansion.
Nizzari appears in two films starring Frank Sinatra. These are A Hole In The Head (1959) and Come Blow Your Horn (1963). In the latter, a Paramount Pictures release, she played a zany interpretive dancer named Snow The film co-starred Barbara Rush, Lee J. Cobb, and Jill St. John. When she signed on to play in Come Blow Your Horn Nizzari had just completed a Barry Ashton dance revue, Chips Off The Old Block, at the Statler Hilton in
Gianmatteo Fernan Guidicelli or better known as Matteo Guidicelli (born March 26, 1990) is a Filipino-Italian actor, model, racer and singer.
Gianmatteo Vittorio Fernan Guidicelli was born on March 26, 1990 in Cebu City. He was born of Gianluca Guidicelli, who was Italian, and Glenna Fernan, a Filipino. He is one of the three children of his parents.
Guidicelli was initially known from his racing career, having started at an early age of 11. He has won numerous awards including being a three-time winner of the Karter of the Year award.
He took an interest in acting upon taking workshops at the New York Academy. As soon as he came back to the Philippines, he went to take up theatre courses in Brentville International School and began to participate in plays. He also attended Columbia College in Chicago for two years to pursue a B.A. in performing arts in the field of musical theater.
His acting career started when he became a part of the sitcom Go Kada Go. He appeared in Kung Fu Kids. The next year, he was cast in the soap opera Ligaw na Bulaklak.
Guidicelli is currently a member ABS-CBN's Star Magic. In 2010, he got his biggest role in the now defunct ABS-CBN primetime fantasy
Fabrizio Brienza (born September 19, 1969) is an Italian model and actor.
Brienza was born in Campobasso, Italy to Paola and Franco.
Fabrizio Brienza has modeled for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Ferre, Valentino.
Fabrizio started making the transition from fashion to mainstream when he booked print ads for Microsoft and American Airlines, and eventually started doing commercials for major national brands, including: Nokia and Hyundai. He also starred in music videos for Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin ("She Bangs").
Fabrizio starred on Tina Fey's Emmy-winning comedy series 30 Rock, and held a guest spot on HBO's Emmy-winning drama Sopranos.
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Marta Cecchetto (born 18 June 1978,) is an Italian model.
Cecchetto was born in Foligno where she spent her childhood, having interests in music, she played the piano for seven years, sports, horse riding and tennis above all, and dance.
At 14 she started her modeling career after taking part in the Italian edition of "The look of the year" where she met a talent-scout who gave her the opportunity to work in fashion despite the fact that she did not win the contest.
She later moved to the United States and modeled for several brands such as Ungaro, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, MaxMara, Trussardi, Donna Karan, La Perla, Parah, Just Cavalli and Chiara Boni.
She also appeared on the cover of several magazines, such as Vogue, Gala, Max, Maxim, Donna Moderna, Anna and Marie Claire.
She appeared in several other advertisements such as, H-Q Swiss Made, La coppa del nonno and Mercedes.
In 2006 she was chosen, alongside Vanessa Hessler, Claudia Cedro and Francesca Lancini, to be one of the soubrettes of Festival di Sanremo.
From 2007, when her boyfriend Luca Toni moved to Munich, Germany, she has worked in many German advertisements, such as Nivea's.
In 2008 she started co-hosting, with
Fabio Lanzoni ( Italian pronunciation: [ˈfaːbjo lanˈtsoːni]); born March 15, 1959-1961), widely known simply as Fabio, is an Italian fashion model, spokesperson, author, actor, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Fabio starred in the syndicated TV series Acapulco H.E.A.T. as the role of Claudio. He was also featured in calendars, led a fragrance campaign for Mediterraneum by Versace, and landed a role in commercials for "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!". He appeared in "The Bold and the Beautiful" a number of times, as a close friend of the character Sally Spectra (Fabio and Darlene Conley, who played Sally, were close friends in real life). He appeared in one episode of Step by Step called "Absolutely Fabio". Fabio appeared as well on Ned's Declassified. He was also in a Big Time Rush episode and reprised his role in the Nickelodeon television series once again in their third TV movie, Big Time Christmas. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of The Suite Life on Deck called "Senior Ditch Day" as Captain Hawk. He has also cameoed in the films Dude, Where's My Car?, Spy Hard, and Zoolander, and has a brief uncredited appearance in
Eleonora Vallone (born 1 February 1955) is an Italian actress, model and TV-personality.
Daughter of actors Raf Vallone and Elena Varzi, she made her film debut in 1979 in the "poliziottesco" Gardenia, later starred in several genre films, except for the more ambitious Alberto Bevilacqua's drama film Le rose di Danzica. In 1981 she hosted the Sanremo Music Festival alongside Claudio Cecchetto. In the same years she appeared nude in several men's magazine such as Playmen and the Italian edition of Playboy.
A pioneer and teacher of gymnastic in the water, Eleonora Vallone founded the first Italian school for water aerobics instructors, and she patented the method "GymNuoto". She also wrote three books about waterobics, "GymNuoto", "GymVasca" and "GymSwim".
Sylva Koscina (born August 22, 1933, Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia — died December 26, 1994, Rome, Italy) was an Italian actress.
Born in Zagreb as Silva Košćina of a parents from Split and Trogir ("Košćina" in čakavian Croatian means "a great bone"; Košćina was a family name of the owner of the first greater shipyard in Split, established 1831). Her publicity agents invented that she was born Sylva Koskinon of a Greek father and a Polish mother. She may be best-remembered for her role as Iole, the bride of Hercules (Steve Reeves) in Hercules (1958) and Hercules Unchained (1960). She also played Paul Newman's romantic interest in The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968).
During the Second World War when she was a teenager, she moved to Italy to live with her sister, who had married an Italian citizen.
Koscina had an extensive film career there. She also starred in the 1967 comedy caper Three Bites of the Apple with David McCallum, and Deadlier Than the Male (1967), in which she and Elke Sommer portrayed sophisticated professional killers dueling with Bulldog Drummond. She also played Danica in the Yugoslavian movie The Battle of Neretva, in 1969. She played a German doctor, Bianca, in
Anna Kanakis (born in 1962 in Messina, Italy) to a Greek father and an Italian mother, is an Italian actress and model. She was Miss Italy in 1977. She has acted in many Italian television sitcoms and movies.
Mehdi Mahdloo (Rome - 11 September 1985) is an award winning Italian actor and model.
His last movie entitled "What a Beautiful Day" (original title "Che Bella Giornata") is the biggest box-office hit in Italian cinema history, grossing over 43 million euros and overtaking Avatar and Harry Potter.
Awarded Best Actor for his performance in "What a Beautiful Day" in 2011 (Italy), by Fausto Tozzi and AGE awards, he also won the award for "new writer of the year, 2011" for his upcoming book entitled "The Treasure of J Mc Roger" published in Italy by Arduino Sacco
In 2010 he starred as the leading actor in two short movies: "Just, Facing a Crossroads", in the role of Luke, that earned him the Best Actor Award at the Vasto Film Festival; and "Birthday Letter" directed by Luca Annovi, and broadcast on Sky channels, which has been praised by critics and a web hit too. Also in 2010 he featured in the role of Mark, a soldier in the film "The Invisible City", directed by Giuseppe Tandoi, the story of the earthquake of 6 April 2009 in L'Aquila, Central Italy.
In addition to the role of Mark, Mehdi Mahdloo played the role of Sufien, a young Frenchman of Arab origin in the movie "What a
Simona Fusco Stratten (born September 19, 1977 in Milan, Italy) is an American actress and model. She moved to the United States at age fourteen. Director Oliver Stone once approached her to play the title role in Lolita, but her mother refused to let her appear in the movie, because of subject matter. She competed in the 2005 WWE Diva Search, but she was eliminated second. On February 1, 2009, Fusco appeared in a GoDaddy commercial advertised during Super Bowl XLIII opposite Danica Patrick.
Anna Ilona Staller (born 26 November 1951), widely known by her stage name, La Cicciolina, is a Hungarian-born Italian porn star, politician, and singer. Staller continued to make hardcore pornographic films while a member of parliament. She is famous for delivering political speeches with one breast exposed.
Ilona was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her father, László Staller, left the family when she was just a very young girl so she was raised by her mother, who was a midwife, and her stepfather who was an official in the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior.
In 1964, she began working for the Hungarian modeling agency, M.T.I.
In her memoirs and in a 1999 TV interview, she claimed that she had provided the Hungarian authorities with information on American diplomats staying at a Budapest luxury hotel where she worked as a maid in the late 1960s.
Naturalized by marriage and settled in Italy, Staller met pornographer Riccardo Schicchi in the early 1970s, and, beginning in 1973, achieved fame with a radio show called "Do you want to sleep with me?" (French: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?) on Radio Luna. For that program she adopted the name La Cicciolina, which loosely translates as
Eva Riccobono (born 7 February 1983) is an Italian model.
Riccobono was born in 1983 in Palermo, the largest city in Sicily, from an italian father and a german mother. She has three older sisters and a brother who died when she was four.
Riccobono has appeared on magazine covers for Vogue, Elle, Twill, Rouge, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, Vanity Fair, and Italian Playboy, and appeared in advertisements for the likes of Chanel, Hermès, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré, Dolce & Gabbana, Sonia Rykiel, Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi, Celine, L'Oréal, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino and Lee, shot by notable photographers such as Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel. In 2007, she became the face of Hybris, shot by singer Bryan Adams.
Her runway credits including fashion designers like Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Balmain, Blumarine, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Calvin Klein, Celine, Cerruti, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karen, Dsquared2, Dries van Noten, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferré, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermès, Hugo Boss,
Silvia Dionisio (born 28 September 1951) is an Italian actress who appeared in several movies in the 1970s, including Amici miei and Ondata di piacere.
Born in Rome, Dionisio made her debut in the world of cinema when she was only 14 years old., in the movie Darling. His career followed with parts in mediocre musical Italian movies, along with singers like Mario Tessuto, Gianni Dei, Little Tony and Mal. In the set of one of these movies she met director Ruggero Deodato, who became her husband. The two had a son, Saverio Deodato-Dionisio, who worked as an actor.
In 1975 Dionisio was protagonist of Ondata di piacere, the sole truly erotic movie of her career, directed by Deodato. In the same year, she played Ugo Tognazzi's lover in the comedy Amici miei, by Mario Monicelli. In late 1970s she played several action or sexy movies, but in the early 1980s left the cinema.
Her last appearance was in a liqueur spot directed by Federico Fellini.
Luca Calvani (born August 7, 1974) is an Italian actor.
Calvani was born in Prato, Tuscany, Italy. Luca was a model during his teen years, working with top names in the world of fashion, including Giorgio Armani. Spent his twenties in New York City, where he first studied acting with Ron Stetson then with Susan Batson. Among his American TV roles,the HBO series "Sex and the City" (2001), where he starred opposite Alan Cumming and Sarah Jessica Parker, and as the villain Dante on CBS TV's daytime drama "As the World Turns". In Europe, he worked in theatre, TV and a Film, among them Ferzan Ozpetek award-winning "His Secret Life" aka "Le Fate Ignoranti". Calvani is trilingual, he speaks French and English in addition to his native Italian. In 2007 he shoot "Il Commissario Manara" directed by Davide Marengo for Italian network Raiuno. He co-starred as Enzo Calvini opposite Clive Owen in Tom Tykwer's The International and the upcoming Italian TV series "Questo è Amore" directed by Riccardo Milani opposite Stefania Rocca.
Anna Falchi (born Anna Kristiina Palomäki on 22 April 1972 in Tampere, Finland) is an Italian-Finnish model and film actress.
Anna Falchi was born Anna Kristiina Palomäki in Tampere, Finland, the daughter of an Italian father and Finnish mother. In 1978, at the age of six, she moved to Italy with her family. She started her career as a model. She first appeared on television in a commercial for an Italian bank in 1992. The ad starred Paolo Villaggio, and was directed by the celebrated Federico Fellini. This helped her launch a film career, starting with Nel continente nero (On the Dark Continent) in 1993.
She appeared in many films since, including the 1994 fantasy movie Desideria e l'Anello del Drago, the 1997 film La principessa e il povero and the 2005 comedy Nessun messaggio in segreteria. She has also been a popular television personality, hosting various specials on Italian television.
She is less known in the English speaking world. Some know her as the lead female in a film called Dellamorte Dellamore, which was released in the U.S. as Cemetery Man.
Mo-Do is the pseudonym used by the Italian musician Fabio Frittelli (born 24 July 1964). Mo-Do appeared in the 1990s as an Italian Eurodance band. Despite being Italian, Mo-Do's songs are in German.
The name Mo-Do is claimed to originate from the two first letters of Frittelli's birth-town (Monfalcone) and the day of his birth (Domenica, i.e. Sunday in Italian).
Mo-Do was formed when Frittelli met the producer Claudio Zennaro. Other producers who worked with Frittelli (sometimes quoted as members of the group) were Fulvio Zafret, Mario Pinosa and Sergio Portaluri.
Mo-Do is probably best known from the single "Eins, Zwei, Polizei" (co-produced with Zennaro and Zafret) which reached #1 in the German, Austrian and Italian music charts.
Vincent Gallo is an American film director and actor. Though he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Goodfellas, he is most associated with independent movies, including Buffalo '66, which he wrote, directed, scored and starred in; The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed; Arizona Dream; The Funeral; and Palookaville. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealer Annina Nosei, performed in a rap duo and was part of the first hip hop television broadcast Graffiti Rock, and played in an industrial band called Bohack which released an album title It Took Several Wives. In the early 2000s, he released several solo recordings on WARP records. Gallo is known for his outspoken views and generally sarcastic nature, once stating: "I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings; and I did it out of spite."
Gallo was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor at the 67th Venice International Film Festival for his performance as a wordless escaping Muslim prisoner in Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing. His own feature film
Greta Scacchi (born 18 February 1960) is an Italian-Australian actor.
Scacchi was born Greta Gracco in Milan, Italy, on 18 February 1960, the daughter of Luca Scacchi Gracco, an Italian art dealer and painter, and Pamela Carsaniga, an English dancer and antiques dealer. Scacchi's parents divorced when she was four, and her mother returned to her native England with Greta and her two older brothers, first to London, then to Haywards Heath, West Sussex. In 1975 after her mother's remarriage to Giovanni Carsaniga, the family settled in Perth, Australia, where she attended Hollywood Senior High School and the University of Western Australia (UWA). She made her theatrical debut at UWA's New Dolphin Theatre in Edward Bond's play Early Morning.
In 1977 Scacchi left UWA to return to England to pursue an acting career, studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, with Miranda Richardson and Amanda Redman. In 1982 she made her film debut in the German movie, Das Zweite Gesicht (The Second Face), and gave versatile performances in films, such as Heat and Dust (1983), The Ebony Tower (1984), The Coca Cola Kid (1985), White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent (1990), The Player (1992) and
Sebastiano Serafini (born February 14, 1990) is an Italian actor, model, musician, and stylist working in Hong Kong, Japan, and Italy. He plays a recurring role as otaku Luca in the Japanese TV drama series Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo, and was in the drama Pompei as the son of Girolamo Panzetta. He started modeling at the age of 15.
He has modeled for brands and fashion lines including h.Naoto, Sixh., Lip Service, Gstar, Stand Up!! The Fragile, Toni & Guy, Paul Smith, Jury Black, Blablahospital, tenuto by kawano, and True Religion.
Serafini joined Italian visual rock band DNR (Dreams Not Reality) as the fifth member "Seba", playing keyboard and performing vocals for the band. DNR opened up for Versailles on June 4, 2011 in Salerno, and also played at the 2011 V-Rock Festival held at Saitama Super Arena. The band was also part of the lineup for V-Love Live International, which took place two days later on October 25.
Seba has DJed at Shibuya visual kei event Viju Love Night.
Serafini, who was present in Tokyo during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and lost a friend in the resulting tsunami, co-founded Hope, a t-shirt fundraising project for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief, with
Alessandra Tiotangco Schiavone is a Filipina-Italian actress in the Philippines known by her stage name Alessandra De Rossi.
(1984-07-19) July 19, 1984 (age 27) She starred in Mga Munting Tinig (Small Voices) and Homecoming, where she portrayed a Canadian-based domestic worker who visited her home in a rural town in the Philippines, bringing with her the deadly disease SARS which she spreads among the residents.
De Rossi won the part of Valentina, the villainess of the comic turned fantaserye (fantasy TV series), Darna, which aired on GMA network in 2005.
She starred in the Singapore-based horror film The Maid where she played the lead role of Rosa, a housemaid in Singapore.
She moved back to ABS-CBN for a special role in I Love Betty La Fea. She was later cast in Tayong Dalawa, where she played as Greta Romano.
She works as endorser for lingerie of Soda Company.
She previously appeared several in ABS-CBN show's such I Love Betty La Fea, Komiks Presents: Dragonna, Tayong Dalawa, Agua Bendita and Green Rose.She is back on GMA Network and join the cast of Sinner of Saint.
Dario Gabriel Oliviero (born 12 July 1974), better known by his stage name Gabriel Garko, is an Italian actor and former fashion model. Born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy to a Venetian father and Sicilian mother, Garko was raised in the nearby suburb of Settimo Torinese. His film credits include Callas Forever (2002) and L'Onore and il Rispetto (2006) a television mini-series where he portrayed a ruthless fictitious Mafia boss "Tonio Fortebracci". He starred alongside actresses Serena Autieri and Manuela Arcuri. In 2010 he had the main role of "Nito Valdi" in another mini-series Il peccato e la vergogna, which was set in Italy during World War II. Manuela Arcuri was his co-star in this series as well. In 2011, he starred in the television mini-series Viso d'angelo (Angel Face), a police thriller.
Mita Medici (born 20 August 1950) is an Italian actress, singer, model and TV personality. She was sometimes credited as Patrizia Perini.
Born in Rome as Patrizia Vistarini, daughter of the actor Franco Silva, she was launched in 1965 by winning the "Miss Teenager" pageant. Medici made her film debut in 1966, at 16, in Luciano Salce's Come imparai ad amare le donne. She is also active in television, in which she hosted shows such as Canzonissima and Sereno variabile and appeared in several TV-series. She was also a singer, active between late 60's and early 80's, and her main success was the song "A ruota libera", which in 1973 ranked 10 in the Italian Hit Parade.
In 1968 she was the subject of the song "Mita, Mita, Mita" by progressive rock group Le Orme.
Mariacarla Boscono (born 20 September 1980) is an Italian model.
Boscono was born in Rome, Italy. She spent most of her early life travelling because of her father's work. Her parents lived in Thailand before she was born, but after her mother became pregnant they moved to Rome. She spent a couple of years in Rome until moving to Providence and then Key West. She spent her early school years in the States, but her parents thought it would be better for Boscono to study in Italy and reconnect with her Italian heritage. This did not last very long though: at 9 years old Boscono and her family moved to Africa, living in a village between Malindi and Mombasa. Boscono described her years in Africa as "the most fantastic in her life".
Boscono was discovered at 17 during a dinner with a family friend who happened to be a photographer. The friend and Boscono's mother encouraged her to begin a modeling career, but Boscono chose to finish school first. Soon after graduating high school she flew to New York City, signed with DNA Model Management, and became one of the favorite models of Karl Lagerfeld. It did not take long for Boscono to rise as an internationally known model, being featured
Willem Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American film, stage, and voice actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He has had roles in a wide range of films, including Platoon, Affliction, Off Limits, Streets of Fire, To Live and Die in L.A., Born on the Fourth of July, The English Patient, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, and The Aviator, and voice roles in Fantastic Mr. Fox and Finding Nemo.
Dafoe has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. The first was for his role in Platoon in 1986 and the second time for his performance in Shadow of the Vampire in 2000.
Dafoe was born William J. Dafoe in Appleton, Wisconsin. One of seven children of Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler) and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, he recalled in 2009, "My five sisters raised me because my father was a surgeon, my mother was a nurse and they worked together, so I didn't see either of them much." In high school, he acquired the nickname Willem. His ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, and German.
Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but
Jacopo d’Andrea Saltarelli (b. 1459) was an apprentice goldsmith and male prostitute, sometimes described in modern literature as an artist's model, about which nothing is known except the details of court records of several charges of prostitution, in one of which Leonardo da Vinci was among the accused.
On April 9, 1476, an anonymous denunciation was left in the tamburo (letter box) in the Palazzo della Signoria (town hall) accusing him of being "party to many wretched affairs and consents to please those persons who request such wickedness of him". The denunciation accused four people of engaging in sodomy with Saltarelli: Baccino, a tailor; Leonardo da Vinci; Bartolomeo di Pasquino; and Leonardo Tornabuoni, a member of the aristocratic Tornabuoni family. Saltarelli's name was known to the authorities because another man had been convicted of sodomy with him earlier the same year. Charges against the five were dismissed on the condition that no further accusations appear in the tamburo. The same accusation did in fact appear on June 7 but charges were again dismissed. Nothing more is known about Jacopo Saltarelli.
Massimiliano Neri (born June 14, 1977, in Naples, Italy) is an Italian fashion model.
Neri was born in Naples, Italy in 1977. As a teenager he was very involved in sports and he practised equestrianism professionally. During summer he usually spent holidays in Capri, an island near Naples. It was there where Neri met the photographer Bruce Weber, who took some pictures of Massimiliano while shooting with models Helena Christensen, and Alex Lundqvist for 1995 Versace's Campaign. Neri was only 17 years old. One month later, Jack Pierson came to Naples, who also wanted to take some pictures of him.
After sending those pictures to some model agencies in Milan, and eventually moving to Milan in 1995, he became known among the fashion designers after his first fashion season in Milan: working for many designers such as Gianfranco Ferré, Iceberg, Krizia, Versus, D, Replay, etc. However, celebrity to a larger public arrived after making a TV commercial for Versace's sunglasses, which was shown all over Europe. In New Zealand he was given a place in TV commercial for Levi's. Neri has also graced covers and editorials for magazines such as Cleo, L’Uomo Vogue, GQ, Pulp fashion etc..
Anita Pallenberg (born 25 January 1944, Rome, Italy) is an Italian-born actress, model, and fashion designer. She was the romantic partner of Rolling Stones multi-instrumentalist and guitarist Brian Jones and later the partner of the guitarist of the same band Keith Richards, from 1967 to 1979, by whom she has two surviving children.
Pallenberg was born on 25 January 1944 in German-occupied Rome, the daughter of Arnaldo Pallenberg, an Italian artist and Paula Wiederhold, a German secretary. Anita became fluent in four languages at an early age and studied medicine, picture restoration and graphic design. Before settling in London, she lived in Germany, her native Rome, as well as New York City, where she was involved with the Living Theatre, starring in the play Paradise Now, which featured on-stage nudity, and Andy Warhol's Factory.
Pallenberg is known for her romantic involvement with Rolling Stones band members Brian Jones, whom she met in 1965 in Munich, where she was working on a modelling assignment, and Keith Richards, for whom she left Jones in 1967 while on holiday in Morocco. She remained in a relationship with Richards until 1980 although they never married. There were
Sara Tommasi (born 9 June 1981) is an Italian actress and model. She made her film debut in the 2008 comedy Ultimi della classe playing a teacher who had appeared in a "sexy" calendar shoot. Tommasi herself had appeared topless in a Max Calendar shoot in 2007. In 2010 she appeared nude in an episode of the television series Crimini.
Tiffany Hsu (traditional Chinese: 許瑋甯; simplified Chinese: 许玮宁; pinyin: Xǔ Wěinìng; Wade–Giles: Hsu3 Wei3 Ning4) was born on 7 August 1984. She is an American-Taiwanese model and actress. She is under the management of Catwalk modellng agency and well known for her role in Taiwanese drama, It Started With A Kiss and its sequel, They Kiss Again.
Edoardo Cicorini (born 7 August 1967), better known as Edoardo Costa, is an Italian fashion model, actor, and entrepreneur. Costa begin his career in the fashion industry as a model in the early 1990s for the agency Why Not. Desiring something more, Costa began studying acting in Paris, Milan, and Los Angeles. He soon made television appearances on various American television series including Baywatch, Arliss and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Costa also made a variety of independent American films leading to his debut in a first major feature as Emerson in Live Free or Die Hard starring Bruce Willis. His debut major role in an American film was in the soon to be released drama Kiddie Ride starring James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen. Costa continues to work in both in Italy and the United States. He has made forays into theater in the plays, Bread Love Fantasy and Very Old Man, alongside Italian acting legend Marcello Mastroianni (Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita) and worked on numerous Italian soap operas, television series, films and reality shows.
Costa was born in Varese, northern Italy, the son of a Rosangela, who worked at the local electric company and Pietro Cicorini, a
Ashley Marie Massaro (born May 26, 1979) is an American professional wrestler, valet and general manager. currently signed to World Independent Ladies Division Wrestling. She is best known for her work with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and her appearance on Survivor: China.
Massaro made her debut in WWE after winning the Diva Search in 2005. Following an initial rivalry with Vince's Devils, an alliance of female villains, she became the valet for the WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Her most high profile matches were a WWE Women's Championship match against Melina Perez at WrestleMania 23 and a Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV. She left WWE in mid-2008. During her tenure in the company, she appeared on the covers of several magazines, including the April 2007 issue of Playboy. She has made guest appearances on several television shows and performed in music videos.
Massaro initially found out about World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) 2005 Raw Diva Search when she met a WWE casting director during a swimsuit pageant. After beating the seven other chosen finalists, Massaro was declared the winner on the August 15, 2005 edition of
Claudia Cedro (born on February 18, 1982 in Rome, Italy) to italian father and azerbaijani mother. She is an Italian model.
Cedro wanted to be a model since her childhood. At a young age she moved to New York City, and has since worked for Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli and Victoria's Secret. In 2006, she was one of four models presenting the Festival di Sanremo, the others being Vanessa Hessler, Francesca Lancini and Marta Cecchetto.
Valeria Golino (born 22 October 1966) is an Italian-Greek film and television actress. She is best known to English language audiences for the 1988 film Rain Man, and the Hot Shots! films. She has won the David di Donatello, Silver Ribbon, and Coppa Volpi awards.
Golino was born in Naples, Italy to an Italian father who was a Germanist and scholar and a Greek mother who was a painter; one of her grandmothers was Egyptian-French. She grew up in an "artistic household" and was raised between Athens and Naples. Golino is the niece of L'Espresso journalist Enzo Golino; her brother is a musician. She started work as a model in Athens and then dropped out of high school after her first film, after having been discovered by the film's director, Lina Wertmuller.
Golino obtained her first starring role in 1985's Little Fires and won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for Storia d'amore in 1986. She began to work in Hollywood in 1988 with the movie Big Top Pee-wee and received roles in prominent films such as Rain Man, as the girlfriend of Tom Cruise, and the comedy films Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux.
More recently, she had a supporting role in the successful French
Dawn Marie Psaltis (born November 3, 1970) is an American former professional wrestler and professional wrestling valet. She is perhaps best known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and the SmackDown! brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under her ring name Dawn Marie, where she was a WWE Diva.
Before entering the sports entertainment industry, Psaltis made her living in real estate. After deciding to pursue a career in modeling or acting, Psaltis began managing wrestlers on the independent circuit after meeting a wrestling promoter. She signed a deal with ECW after what was supposed to be a three week stint. She managed the Impact Players and Simon and Swinger until ECW's bankruptcy in 2001.
Psaltis then joined WWE, where her most notable storyline involved her marrying Al Wilson, the kayfabe father of her rival Torrie Wilson. She was released from her WWE contract in 2005 after revealing that she was pregnant, which resulted in her filing a lawsuit against her former employers.
Psaltis was raised by her father, a zoologist, and together, they spent their time camping and hunting. In her youth, she was a fan of the World Wrestling Federation
Kierstin Koppel (born July 21, 1989) is an American film and television actress, best known for appearing in Bring It On: In It to Win It as Sarah, West Coast High's resident goth girl.
Koppel was born and raised, in Miami, Florida, to an Italian-American father and an English-American mother. She is the youngest of three girls. A dancer since the age of three, Kierstin began her career in the entertainment field as a print model. She soon found her passion for acting and began working on student and independent film productions.
Koppel is as a regular host on Rock Star Stories, a Swept Away TV weekly media production. The show was developed by teenagers and young adults to help them gain real life experience in the media field. Koppel participates by writing, directing and interviewing some of today's most popular music artists including All American Rejects, Gym Class Heroes and HelloGoodbye. She also covered red carpet premieres.
Koppel recently rapped on Universal Pictures, Sydney White starring Amanda Bynes, which was released in mid-2007.
Koppel is fluent in Italian and Spanish.
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 television actress, but internationally she is best known for her roles in Il Postino and as the Bond girl, the Cigar Girl, in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
She guest starred in The Sopranos episode "Isabella". She also appeared on The Simpsons episode "The Italian Bob" voicing Sideshow Bob's wife, Francesca.
She won the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010.
Miriam Giovanelli (born 28 April 1989) is an Italian/Spanish actress and model, perhaps the best known for her roles in Limoncello, Canciones de amor en Lolita's Club and Física o Química.
Giovanelli debuted in short film ... ya no puede caminar in 2001, followed by cameo appearances in television series Los Serrano and El Comisario in 2005. She came to media prominence in 2007 films Miguel y William, Limoncello and Canciones de amor en Lolita's Club, and as a spokesperson for Loewe perfume I Loewe You. Appearances in films Rivales and Mentiras y gordas, and in series El castigo, followed in 2008. In 2009, Giovanelli portrayed Lucía in the Antena 3 series Física o Química, and Sandra Barrio in Sin tetas no hay paraíso. She is currently starring in film Todas las canciones hablan de mí, which will be premiered in 2010.
Miriam Giovanelli was born on 28 April 1989 to Italian father and Spanish mother. She was born in Rome, but raised in Madrid. In September 2009, Giovanelli appeared on the cover of FHM magazine in Spain.
Benedetta Barzini (born September 22, 1943, in Porto Santo Stefano) is an Italian actress and model, daughter of Italian journalist and author Luigi Barzini, Jr. and his second wife, heiress Paola Gadola Feltrinelli. As such she is the stepsister of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, an Italian publisher and left-wing political activist.
She was a model from 1963-1969 and established a successful fashion career in New York City. In December 1966, she was named one of the "100 Great Beauties of the World" by the American fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. That same year, Barzini became involved with, and later engaged to, New York poet and media artist Gerard Malanga, an early collaborator of Andy Warhol. Malanga's black-and-white film In Search of the Miraculous (1967) is an emotional, vivid poem of adoration for Barzini.
She was clearly headed for the top rank of New York models, but decided to return to Italy to act. She met Italian film director Roberto Faenza, and they married in 1969. On the night she gave birth to twins Nini and Giacomo, Faenza left her. She had two children with another man later.
In 1973 she left the modeling business to become a Marxist and radical feminist organizer
Connie Cooper (born September 20, 1941) is an Italian-American model. She is best known for being Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its January 1961 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Paul Morton Smith.
According to The Playmate Book, she also attended college courses to study real estate and later became a wife and mother.
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for her roles in films such as Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her.
Rossellini is a daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini. She has three siblings from her mother: her twin sister Isotta Ingrid Rossellini, who is an adjunct professor of Italian literature; a brother, Robertino Ingmar Rossellini; and a half-sister, Pia Lindström, who formerly worked on television and is from her mother's first marriage with Petter Lindström. She has four other siblings from her father's two other marriages: Romano (died at age 9), Renzo, Gil, and Raffaella.
Rossellini was born in Rome, and raised there, as well as in Santa Marinella and Paris. She underwent an operation for appendicitis at the age of five. At 13, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. In order to correct it, she had to undergo an 18 month ordeal of painful stretchings, body casts, surgery on her spine using pieces of one of her shin bones (used to add supports for the individual vertebrae without
Olivia Palermo (born February 28, 1986) is an American socialite, model and actress. She was a cast member of the reality television show The City.
Palermo initially denied rumors in 2008 that she would be a part of The City, a spin-off of MTV's television show The Hills but was later confirmed as a cast member. She agreed to star in the series to familiarize herself with acting. The series debuted on December 29, 2008, it documents the lives of the cast members in New York City. It was reported that Palermo was granted $12,000 per episode at the time. As part of the show, Palermo worked at the PR department for Diane von Furstenberg and later the accessories department at Elle. The second part of the first season debuted in September 2009. She was given a bigger role and more air time. The City returned for a second and final season in 2010 where Palermo was given reporting duties for Elle.com.
She was signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2009. She has appeared on the cover of magazines including Elle Mexico, Tatler, ASOS Magazine, Shop Til You Drop and Marie Claire UK. She also modeled alongside her boyfriend, Johannes Huebl, for autumn/winter 2010 campaigns by Mango and Hogan. She
Tony Kendall (born 22 August 1936, Rome, Italy - died 28 November 2009, Rome, Italy) was an Italian model turned film actor with over 50 film credits that reflect the trends of popular European cinema in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Born as Luciano Stella, Kendall was formerly a model for Italian Fumetti, comics done in photographs.
He changed his name to Tony Kendall at the suggestion of Vittorio De Sica in the fashion of many Italian actors whose films were shown in countries outside of Italy in the days when European films proliferated. Stella made his film debut in Femminie Tre Volte in 1959 but didn't make another appearance until he used his new name of Tony Kendall in Brennus, Enemy of Rome (1963) one of the sword and sandal craze of films popular in the early 1960s.
Kendall is most famous for his various teamings with Brad Harris, with the two predating Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as a popular and prolific action team. In the derivative world of the European cinema of the 1960s, Kendall and Harris first teamed up in two sauerkraut western films "inspired" by the successful German Karl May Winnetou series with Harris as a Lex Barker clone and Kendall as a Native American
Aria Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento (born 20 September 1975) is an Italian actress, singer, model and director.
Her mother is actress Daria Nicolodi and her father is Dario Argento, an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, well known for his work in the Italian giallo genre and for his influence on modern horror and slasher movies. Her maternal great-grandfather was composer Alfredo Casella.
When Asia Argento was born in Rome, the city registry office refused to acknowledge Asia as an appropriate name, and instead officially inscribed her as Aria Argento. She nonetheless uses the name Asia Argento professionally. Argento has said that as a child she was lonely and depressed due, in part, to her parents' work. Her father used to read her his scripts as bedtime stories. At age eight, Argento published a book of poems. At the age of 14, she ran away from home. She was an introvert and read to make up for having no friends.
In an interview with Filmmaker magazine she stated that she was agoraphobic while she was writing Scarlet Diva and that she could not leave her apartment for months. She said: "I was afraid to go out of my apartment for a long time, I could only go
Dalila Di Lazzaro (born 29 January 1953) is an Italian model, actress and writer.
Born in Udine, she started as fashion model and gained attention in tabloid press, as supposed relative of Sophia Loren and even a potential rival in love.
Between the mid-70's and the early 80's Di Lazzaro worked in notable films with directors such as Alberto Lattuada, Luigi Comencini, Florestano Vancini and Jacques Deray, then focused primarily on television. In 1983 she refused the role of Domino, later played by Kim Basinger, in Never Say Never Again.
Daniela Rocca (12 September 1937 in Acireale, Italy – 28 May 1995 in Milo, Italy) was an Italian model and actress.
Rocca was born and raised in Acireale, a poor neighborhood in Catania. She became Miss Catania in 1953, and was discovered by talent scouts after competing in a Miss Italy competition. She made her film debut in French director Maurice Cloche's Marchands de Filles (1957) and also appeared in the Riccardo Freda film Caltiki - il mostro immortale (1959), and Esther and the King (1960). More film roles followed, but Rocca did not find fame until Divorzio all'Italiana (1961). Rocca became a star after playing the part of the smothering wife Marcello Mastroianni is desperate to escape in Pietro Germi's international box-office hit. Rocca fell in love with Germi during filming and attempted suicide when he rejected her. After that, she was considered unstable and was not offered significant roles. A nervous breakdown led to a stay in a mental hospital. After playing minor roles in movies and television, her show business career ended in 1967. She ended her days in a retirement home in Milo, near Catania. There she wrote four books: Agente segreto con licenza di vivere;
Nieves Navarro (born Nieves Navarro García; November 11, 1938) is a retired Spanish-born Italian actress and fashion model. Navarro worked extensively in Italian cinema appearing alongside actors such as Totò and Lino Banfi in the 1960s and 70s. She later adopted the Americanized stage name Susan Scott for many of her productions after 1969.
Navarro was also one of the first female stars of the Spaghetti Western genre making her feature film debut in A Pistol for Ringo and its sequel The Return of Ringo along with later appearances in The Big Gundown (1966), Long Days of Vengeance (1967), Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970) and Adiós, Sabata (1971). In 1972, she married to the Italian director and producer Luciano Ercoli, starring in many of his productions up until the early-1980s, and was familiar for her erotically-themed roles in giallo and sex comedies. She went into semi-retirement after 1983, making two last films in 1989. In recent years, she has returned to live in her native Spain with her husband.
Born Nieves Navarro García in Almería, Spain on November 11, 1938, her career began as advertising and fashion model. The introduction of television in Spain in 1956 led
Norma Sabrina Salerno (born 15 March 1968), also known in her singing career as Sabrina and Sabrina Salerno, is an Italian singer, television hostess, model, actress and record producer. She's best known for her 1987 hit single "Boys (Summertime Love)" as well as for explicit music videos and performances often exposing nudity.
After winning a beauty contest in her native region, Liguria, Sabrina started modelling, and in 1984 made her television debut in the Italian prime time show Premiatissima on Canale 5. The following year, her debut single "Sexy Girl", sung in English, was released. Produced by Claudio Cecchetto/Joseph Paduano, it became a top 20 hit in her native Italy as well as in Germany.
In late 1987, she released her first album, Sabrina, which was entirely sung in English. In addition to "Sexy Girl", the album included Sabrina's international top five hit "Boys (Summertime Love)" (#1 in France, Switzerland and Spain, #3 in the UK Singles Chart) which has sold more than 1.5 million copies to date worldwide, and "Hot Girl", a top 20 hit in some European countries. Initially, in the UK the BBC banned the video for "Boys" until it was edited. The reason for the ban was
Bianca Balti (born 19 March 1984 in Lodi, Lombardy, Italy) is an Italian model.
Balti was first booked for the cover of L'Officiel, shot by Alexi Lubomirski. Her first notable advertisement campaign came for Dolce & Gabbana. She has appeared on the covers of many fashion magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire, as well as men's magazine Playboy. Her campaigns include Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, D, Valentino, Armani Jeans, Missoni, Rolex, Guess?, Paco Rabanne, Anna Molinari, Guerlain, Revlon, La Perla, Cesare Paciotti, Mango, and Thierry Mugler.
She also appeared in the 2005 Victoria's Secret fashion show and in their catalogs.
Since the spring/summer 2005 fashion shows, she has appeared shows for designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Gianfranco Ferré, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Zac Posen, Hermès, John Galliano, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, Missoni, Chanel, Christian Dior, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, and Carolina Herrera, Victoria's Secret.
Balti was cast in Abel Ferrara's movie Go Go Tales (2008) as one of the erotic dancers. After the movie and her pregnancy, she returned to
Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander (born July 12, 1983) is an American reality TV show contestant best known for winning the VH1 reality television shows Flavor of Love and I Love Money.
Alexander was the winner of the first season of Flavor of Love, where she received the nickname "Hoopz".
In 2008, Alexander also was a contestant on the VH1 reality show, I Love Money. After defeating Joshua "Whiteboy" Gallander at the final challenge, she was named the $250,000 winner. She also starred as Kayla in the November 2010 release, Ghetto Stories: The Movie.
Prior to Flavor of Love, Alexander worked as a Transportation Security Administration agent at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
In summer 2010, Alexander began dating basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.
Carla Humphries (born Madeleine Lauren Humphries on May 20, 1988 in California, U.S.) is a commercial model and actress in the Philippines. In her acting roles, she is sometimes credited as Carla Humphries Loren or Carla Loren.
She has a Filipina mother and an Italian-American father. She is fluent in English, French, and Filipino.
Humphries is best known for her roles as Rita Arguelles in ABS-CBN's soap opera Bituing Walang Ningning and as Brenda Smith in ABS-CBN's Abt Ur Luv.
She most recently appeared on the January 2011 cover of FHM Philippines Magazine.
Humphries was a member of Star Magic, ABS CBN's circle of homegrown talents from 2003 to early 2009. She is currently managed by Annabelle Rama. In March 2010, she joined TV5's line-up of talents.
Humphries was discovered in 1999 at the age of 11 by Johnny Manahan, the Director of the ABS-CBN Talent Center (now known as Star Magic). He invited her to join the Talent Center's acting workshops and audition as a Talent Center artist after seeing her perform in her school's Recognition Day program.
Humphries attended workshops in various disciplines, including acting, singing, and personality development over the course of two
Elisa Sednaoui is a model, actress, and director of Italian, French and Egyptian descent. She has appeared in such films as Eastern Drift, La Bate Du Renard, Bus Palladium, and Remember Now, as well as in fashion campaigns for Chanel Eyewear, Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli.
Sednaoui’s first feature film, Eastern Drift was released in Paris in December 2010. She played the lead female role of “Gabriella‟, alongside Bartas. The film was shown at La Berlinale 2010 – section “The International Forum of New Cinema.” In La Baie du Renard, a short film selected to close Critics Week (Semaine de la Critique) at Cannes Film Festival 2009, Sednaoui starred alongside Pierre Torreton
She was recently seen on French screens in Christopher Thompson's first feature film Bus Palladium, co-starring with Marc André Grondin and Arthur Dupont. Sednaoui also starred opposite French actor Pascal Greggory in Karl Lagerfeld’s short film Remember Now, the introduction to the 2010 Chanel Cruise Collection.
Sednaoui has also appeared in Love Lasts Three Years, released by Europa in January 2012, and The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, a surrealistic adaptation of the 19th century Teutonic foundling story
Marina Hedman Bellis, also known as Marina Frajese, Marina Lotar and Marina Lothar (September 29, 1944 in Göteborg, Sweden) is a Swedish retired pornographic and mainstream actress.
Hedman, who previously was a well-known model, arrived in Italy as wife of an Italian journalist, Paolo Frajese, who in 1965 had gone to Sweden for a number of television reports. In 1976 she made her film debut with a small uncredited role in Lucio Fulci's sex comedy La pretora (My Sister In Law), starring Edwige Fenech. Later in 1976, she played a minor role in Emanuelle in America, appearing in her first hardcore scene. Then Hedman also appeared in the RAI show Carosello and posed for the Italian issue of Playboy Magazine. In 1979 she played a major role in Joe D'Amato's Immagini di un convento ("Images in a Convent"), an adaptation of La Religieuse.
Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hedman had supporting roles in mainstream films such as Primo Amore (1978) for Dino Risi and La città delle donne (City of Women) (1980) for Federico Fellini, as well as leading roles in pornographic cinema, in which she was considered one of the first Italian divas. 1984 and 1985 were prolific years for her,
Ilary Blasi (born 28 April 1981) is an Italian showgirl, model, television personality, and former child actress.
Blasi was born in Rome, daughter of Roberto and Daniela. Her mother chose her name. As a fan of western movies, she named the daughter after one of her favourite heroines. Daniela also chose the name for the youngest daughter, Melory, who after Silvia and Ilary is the last member of the Blasi family. Blasi's introduction to showbusiness was due to her mother. As she declared in an interview, a neighbour told her mother that an agency was recruiting a blonde child with blue eyes for an advertisement of the "Panettone Galbusera", Daniela brought Blasi to the casting, and she was selected for her first job.
She joined showbusiness very early: at the age of 3 Blasi shot her first TV ads, at 5 she debuted in the cinema with a little role in the movie "David & David" directed by Giorgio Capitani, while at 6 she was in the cast of "Da grande" of Franco Amurri (in this movie her name apperared in the final credits with the English distortion "Hilary Blasi") and "Vizio di vivere" by Dino Risi. Later she was in the movie "Fiori di zucca" (1988) by Stefano Pomilla and "La dolce
Antonio D'Amico (born 1959) is a model and fashion designer. He is best known as the partner of Gianni Versace.
D'Amico was born in Mesagne, Province of Brindisi, Italy, and later lived in Milan. He was hired as a part time office executive for his first job. He met Versace in 1982 and eventually embarked on a long-term relationship that lasted 15 years, until Versace's death in 1997. During that time he worked as designer for the Versace Sport line. D'Amico now runs his own fashion design company.
Versace's will left D'Amico with a pension of 50 million lire a month for life (about €26,000), and the right to live in any of Versace's homes in Italy and the United States. However, since the properties that were left to D'Amico in Gianni's will actually belonged to the company, the homes belonged to Donatella, Santo, and Allegra. After working out some agreements with lawyers, D'Amico obtained a fraction of the pension, and a restricted right to live in Gianni's properties. D'Amico's relations with the rest of the Versace family have not always been easy; Donatella Versace said in March 1999 that "My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive. I respected
Edwige Fenech (Italian pronunciation: [edˈviːdʒe ˈfenɛk]) (born Edwige Sfenek; 24 December 1948) is a French-born Italian actress and film producer.
Fenech was born in Bône (now Annaba), in Algeria to a Maltese father and Sicilian mother. From the late 1960s to early 1980s, Fenech starred in many types of European movies. She is best known for her Commedia sexy all'italiana films, and began to work in that field in the late 1960s with Austrian director Franz Antel. Fenech also achieved fame with giallo and sex films such as Five Dolls for an August Moon, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Nude per l'assassino and Sex with a Smile, many of which were directed by Sergio Martino.
In the 1980s, she became a television personality, typically appearing with Barbara Bouchet on a chat show on Italian television. In the mid-1990s, she was engaged to the well-known Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo.
After many years of work in movie production (she produced, among others, The Merchant of Venice, 2004, with Al Pacino), Fenech accepted Quentin Tarantino's offer to star in another movie, Hostel: Part II (2007), directed by Eli Roth. A British general named Ed Fenech
Robin Arcuri, nicknamed RA, is an American model and actress, and is also known as an advocate for animal rights. Arcuri was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, United States. She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.
Robin Arcuri is a second generation Italian American. Arcuri has appeared in and on the covers of such notable magazines as Teen, Vogue, Glamour, Orange Coast, Muscle & Fitness, Shape Magazine, BusinessWeek, and Cosmopolitan.
Arcuri has had a long-time interest in the performing arts. While in film school at California State University, Fullerton, she met illusionist Shane Nia and began assisting him in performing. They performed at The Magic Castle, Los Angeles and in Hermosa Beach.
This led Arcuri into regional and national commercials while she continued to model, attended high school, and studied acting at Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and TV Acting. Through her film school contacts, she was able to nudge her way into the American film industry and, in 1992, made her first big screen debut in Miracle Beach as Miss Germany and made a guest appearance with Rick Dees in Into the Night. At the age of 23, Arcuri signed a six-month
Vanessa Hessler (Rome, January 21, 1988) is an American-Italian model and actress. A model since she was 15, Hessler has appeared in many publications throughout Italy and Germany.
Hessler was born to John, an American, and Gabriella, an Italian. She lived in Rome until she was 8, then moved to Washington DC, her father's birthplace. She lived in Rockville, MD in her early teenage years. In 2002 she returned to Italy. She speaks Italian, English and French.
She worked for Donna sotto le stelle and Notte Mediterranea, both on TV. In 2004, she was chosen for a Korff's advertising campaign and for Alta Roma Alta Moda, the Rome fashion week.
She lives in Rome and Washington, and appeared in commercials for Baby Star, Nara Camicie and Gilli.
Hessler planned to work in television, and in early 2006 she wanted to replace Alessia Marcuzzi to host Le Iene, but lost to Cristina Chiabotto.
Hessler has appeared in advertising for GUESS, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, L'Oréal, and Ferrero SpA.
In March 2006, she made her debut as a TV show host at the Festival di Sanremo with Claudia Cedro, Francesca Lancini, and Marta Cecchetto.
Hessler was the face of the DSL brand "Alice" in Germany (a
Gilda Sansone (born April 12, 1989 in Pompei, Campania, Italy) is an Italian fashion model and winner of the first cycle of Italia's Next Top Model.
Born in the Campanian town of Pompei, Sansone had always dreamt to be a model. In a casting interview for Italia's Next Top Model she stated that, as a child, she was charmed by the models on the billboards and hoped to be one of them one day. To achieve her goal, in her early teen-age years, Sansone took part in a few beauty pageants and eventually won the title of Miss Ondina Sport in 2005. After her win on Italia's Next Top Model Sansone also got back to school to graduate in Social Studies.
Sansone soon appeared as the front-runner in the show thanks to her beauty and fresh look. However, since the beginning, the judging panel constantly warned her to tone down her sexiness in her shots and particularly in her walk in order to be more versatile. By the middle of the competition a determined Sansone started to improve and she developed into a more refined model, thus gaining a spot in the final runway. The judges were convinced by her final performances and, also because of her freshness, they proclaimed her the first Italia's Next
Nicolò Urbinati is an Italian-Spanish singer and model born in Madrid on May 13, 1995, commonly known by his artistic name, Nico.
Urbinati started co-featuring chapters of programs in Disney Channel in 2001. He also did some fashion parades for Benetton in Italy in 2002.
In 2003 he won his first musical prize as revelation artist in program Veo Veo of Spain performing several shows on theater.
Urbinati became known by the great public as he achieved to reach the national finals of Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Spain in 2004 in the same group where was also María Isabel, eventually the final european winner. With this group, Urbinati recorded and released his first disc, Eurojunior 2004, with his original songs.
He fastly gained the affection of public with his performances and way of being as shown in interviews, mischievous, but responsible, tender and charismatic, and also thankful and dedicating his songs. This could have guided him to earn the production of his second disc, despite his early age. The disc, produced by Sony and recorded in Miami, was titled "Yo Soy Así" ("I'm this way"), sung in Spanish and Italian and with songs written by himself. The release was covered
Antonio Sabàto, Jr. (born February 29, 1972) is an American actor and model. Born in Italy and raised in the U.S., Sabàto first became known as a Calvin Klein model and for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. He continued appearing in films and television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Sabàto was born in Rome, Italy. His mother, Yvonne Kabouchy, is a realtor born in Prague (in the former Czechoslovakia), and his father, Antonio Sabàto, Sr., is an Italian actor. His maternal grandfather was a Czech aristocrat, and his maternal grandmother was Jewish and survived the Holocaust. Sabàto's family moved to the United States when he was 13, in 1985. He attended St. Bernard High School (Los Angeles, California) before transferring to Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California. Sabàto became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1996.
Sabàto first gained attention as a Calvin Klein underwear model, and appeared in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" music video along with actor Djimon Hounsou, who is also a former CK underwear model, in 1990. Moving into acting, from 1992 through 1995 he appeared on the soap opera General Hospital, the
Michelle Yvonne Hunziker (born 24 January 1977) is a Swiss television hostess, actress, model and singer.
Hunziker was born in Sorengo (Lugano), in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Her mother Ineke is Dutch; her father Rudolf, who died of a heart attack in the fall of 2001, was a German-speaking Swiss national. He was a painter, but worked as a hotel manager. In 1983, the family moved to Ostermundigen, a suburb of Bern in the German speaking part of Switzerland. In Ostermundigen Hunziker attended elementary school. After moving to Milan with her mother, she decided to become a fashion model and was hired by Riccardo Gay, a renowned agent. Although considered to be both too heavy and short, at 17 she posed for well-known labels such as Armani, Rocco Barocco, La Perla, Colmar, Fuerte Ventura, Lovable and Swish.
Being Eros Ramazzotti's fiancée, she was discovered by an Italian TV producer. In 1996, she co-hosted the Rai Uno-show I cervelloni with Paolo Bonolis. In summer she presented the prime time comedy show Paperissima Sprint (Canale 5) with Gabibbo. Because of her popularity she hosted the afternoon show Colpo di Fulmine (Italia 1) in 1997. At the same time she wanted to
Jessica Wanda Judith Cirio Perutich (born March 21, 1982 in Lanús, Buenos Aires Province) better known as Jessica Cirio is an Argentine model, dancer and vedette of Italian descent. She has appeared on the Argentine reality show Cámara en Mano as well as in pictorial spreads in Revista Hombre.
Her first public appearance was in 1999, which made a erotic clip on "Pasión Tropical". Later, he was called to the character of "niece" of Gerardo Sofovich in "Polémica en el Bar". In addition, special guest on "Cámara en Mano".
She was the host of Kubik, a TV programme broadcast in La Plata's America 2. She also took part in two popular Argentine-version contests Bailando por un sueño and Dancing on Ice. She now lives in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
In 2004 she was called to be the hostess of the programme "Kubik" for America 2, where she remained until 2009, being replaced by Victoria Vanucci, and and then for Ivanna Palliotti, Melina Pitra and Alejandra Maglietti.
In 2006, she participated in the first edition of Bailando por un Sueño, segment of "ShowMatch" for Canal 13, which made it to the semi-finals. Jessica also participated in other television programs, in
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarla dʒilˈbɛrta ˈbruːni teˈdeski]; 23 December 1967) is an Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model. She has been married to Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of the French Republic, since February 2008.
Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi was born in Turin, Italy, and is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tyre manufacturing company CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her grandfather Virginio Bruni Tedeschi. The company was sold in the 1970s to Pirelli (the brand lives on via its former subsidiary in India, founded in 1958). The family moved to France in 1975, reportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping by the Red Brigades, a Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary group active in Italy in the 1970s. Bruni grew up in France from age seven and attended boarding school in Switzerland. She went to Paris to study art and architecture, but left school at 19 to become a model.
She is legally the daughter of Italian concert pianist Marisa Borini and industrialist and classical composer Alberto Bruni Tedeschi. However, in 2008 Bruni told Vanity Fair that her biological father is Italian-born, Brazilian
Elisabetta Canalis (Italian pronunciation: [elizaˈbetta kaˈnaːlis]) (born 12 September 1978) is an Italian actress.
She was a showgirl on the popular Italian show Striscia la Notizia on Italian TV Canale 5 from 1999 to 2002. Canalis had minor roles in the films Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Virgin Territory. In 2005, she replaced Michelle Hunziker in Love Bugs 2, the second season of the sit-com Love Bugs. In 2007, she co-hosted the annual Italian music festival, Festivalbar. In 2009, she replaced Elena Santarelli on the Italian version of Total Request Live, on MTV Italia. Elisabetta hosted the Trofeo Birra Moretti 2008, a summer football competition played between S.S.C. Napoli, A.C. Milan and Juventus.
In 2010, she played a recurring character in season 3 of the TNT series Leverage.
In February 2011, she successfully co-hosted the most Important Italian song contest, Sanremo Music Festival Sanremo Music Festival with Gianni Morandi and Belen Rodriguez. She intervested in the Festival Robert de Niro; The actor says also a funny "Ti amo" to Elisabetta.
Canalis appeared on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and was the second
Margherita Missoni (born February 21, 1983 in Italy) is known for her rise to prominence as heiress to her family's Missoni fashion house, which was founded by her grandparents, as well as her appearances in Missoni fashion campaigns as a model, and as an aspiring actress. Missoni currently lives in New York City following her re-location from Italy to pursue acting.
Margherita Missoni grew up in the Italian countryside, spending weekends in Milan. She studied philosophy at Columbia University; however, after she moved to New York, she struggled emotionally when her academic credits could not transfer to the United States educational system. Following this obstacle, Missoni chose to explore her first love, theatre.
She says her relationship with her family is close, particularly her connection with her sister and her mother.
Before she was featured in Missoni campaigns, she was a company ambassador, a duty entailing promotion at fashion related events. In her own words, Missoni described becoming the face of a Missoni campaign as "a natural evolution."
Currently, Missoni is studying acting in New York with hopes of success in the entertainment industry. Most recently, she was
Maria Grazia Buccella, (born 15 August 1940) is a former Italian glamour model, Miss Italy contestant (1959) and film actress.
Buccella screentested for the role of Domino Derval 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. The role eventually went to French actress, Claudine Auger. That year, she appeared in the Dino Risi directed film Il Gaucho which co starred actors such as Vittorio Gassman.
In 1966, she played the beauty Miss Okra in the Peter Sellers film After the Fox. In 1968, she won a Silver Ribbon award at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista) in the film Ti ho sposato per allegria.
She featured on the cover of Playmen magazine in November 1976. She virtually retired from film in 1979 although made two small appearances in the late 1980s and a final appearance in the 2000 TV series Hotel Otello.
Sabrina A. Parisi (born in Italy, April 10, 1980) is a is a European/American celebutante, socialite, author, actress, model, businesswoman, , television personality, champion breeder, that lives in Beverly Hills, California, USA. She is the founder and owner of Dolce Sinfonia. Dolce Sinfonia (DS) is probable the most well know champion glamorous bloodline of Yorkshire Terriers in the world. These dogs have won over 100 international and national championships in several parts of the world. Owners of the very price DS blue champion line were sold to well know entertainment figures (actors, singers, anchors, etc..) and other celebrities, Family of the owners of the San Diego's Padres ( Petco Park ), breeders around the world and other VIPs. DS dogs have also been seen in VH1 and other TV shows such as Celebrity Pet Unleashed and internationally such as the RAI, Italian TV. DS dogs have been used in dog food commercial such as the Eukanuba in the USA and sponsored by Purina Pro-Plan, Pedigree Pal and Science Diet is S. America . In 1997 Sabrina founded Dolce Sinfonia Fashion Collection an exclusive brand name with exclusive products for the trendy pet and the trendy owner located in Beverly Hills. Sabrina is the author of best seller book Passport Of A Champion released in Europe on December 2006. She is the creator of Nightingales Adventures released in the USA on April 2007. She is the author of Just a Short Story of Nightingale released in the USA, Europe and South Africa in 1997. She is a famed Columnist for Rouge Magazine in eastern Europe. Sabrina has been involved with animal cause fund raising events in Beverly Hills and Hollywood and Sabrina and her dogs photos have been published in many magazines worldwide. She is the founder and president of America health For All, a non for profit organization for those individuals that cannot afforn medical and/or veterinary care. Sabrina Parisi and some of her champion Yorkies were the protagonists of a new movie documentary the Its A Dog Life filmed by award winning Danish director Vibeke Muasya. Mozart (MultiCh. WA Mozart Dolce Sinfonia) one of Dolce Sinfonia champion Yorkies was featured in the Krassimir Abramov music video for Say Goodbye. On May 11, 2006, Mozart attended Krassimir's concert at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, becoming the first dog to enter the venue. An interesting curiosity: Sabrina and her champion Mozart were the model used by artist Ray Kobald to make the life-size bronze Dellora Norris sculpture. The sculpture stands on the east side of the Fox River in front of the St. Charles Municipal Center in St. Charles.
Ana Grepo (5 March 1975 – 10 November 2011) was a business woman and former model from Split, Croatia. In 1995 she was crowned Miss Dalmatia on the regional beauty pageant in Split. In the last years of her life she resided in Zagreb where she was an operating manager of her own modeling agency. She was one of the main figures for gathering young prospective models for the entire area of southeastern Europe, and ex Yugoslavia.
She has previously been noted in a variety of business magazines as one of the most successful business-oriented women in Croatia with her fortune estimated up to 50 million Euro.
Her father Petar was a fisherman and mother Andja was a housewife. While still in high school, Grepo was drafted by the Midiken modeling agency from Zagreb. Finishing her last high school year in Zagreb, Grepo had already become one of the most wanted young models in Croatia.
In late 1995 Grepo moved to Milan working for different modeling agencies. In the nine year period between 1996 and 2005 Grepo worked in various fashion capitals of the world, including Madrid, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo. While engaging herself as a full time model, in late 2000 she started forming her
CJ Gibson (born November 30, 1983 in Clearwater, Florida) is an American model and actress of Filipino and Italian descent. Gibson was the Import Tuner magazine Model Search winner for May, 2007. CJ Gibson is currently a model for the Falken Drift Team, and can be seen at Formula Drift events.
She has also appeared in several magazines including FHM, American Curves as a cover model, Supreme, MuscleMag International, Muscle & Fitness, Teeze, and in a Bowflex ad.
CJ Gibson has also modeled for the world's largest PWC Engine Re manufacturer, Short Block Technologies, better known as SBT, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida.
In 2007, she appeared in a home workout video called ENVY. Her character's name is Eliana, which stands for the "E" in ENVY. She stars alongside Martina Andrews (Natasha), Kara Monaco (Vala), and Brittany Lee (Yvette).
In 2009, CJ was Miss November 2009 in the Spring Break Calendar.
Her younger sister, Raquel Gibson, is also a model and was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for November, 2005. When they model together they are known as "The Gibson Sisters."
Iris Peynado born 10th of June 1958 is an Italian model and actress born in the Dominican Republic. Her filmography includes: Christopher Columbus (1985), Grandi cacciatori (1988) and Ancient Warriors (2001).
The daughter of Julio Peynado, a wealthy lawyer from a distinguished and political family, Peynado was schooled at the Colegio Santa Teresita in Santo Domingo, having studied theater and acting with Romulo Rivas at the Teatro Estudiantil, and ballet under Clara Elena Ramirez.
At the age of 18, Peynado moved to England to study English and theater. While in London, she met an Italian man whom she later married. The couple soon had a child and moved to Italy. Soon after, the couple divorced and Peynado was discovered by a photographer who put her in touch with executives from RAI television. Since then she has acted in many television shows, movies and theatrical productions.
Laura Esposto (born 8 August 1978, Bologna, Italy) is a television presenter.
She was recently a football presenter for Five in the United Kingdom for Serie A games during the 2007/08 season.
From 2003 to 2004, laura lived in Los Angeles where she was ambassador for Carl's Jr and she carried out a series of modeling jobs.
From 2005 to 2007 she presented updates from the San Siro stadium for the home matches of A.C. Milan and also the "Juke Box" programme both on SKY Italia and the Milan Channel.
In 2007 she began presenting Channel 5's Football Italiano.
In 2008 she presents "Milan Channel Night" a live show on Milan Channel the official network of Ac Milan .
Since September 2009 Laura has worked on Sky Sport (Italy) and continues to work on Milan Channel.
May 28, 2010 Laura presented The "Italian Candidacy" for Uefa Euro 2016 in Geneva.
Manuela Arcuri (born 8 January 1977) is an Italian actress and model.
Raised in Latina, Italy from an early age, after high school she enrolled in the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica (Academy for the Dramatic Arts) in Rome but she dropped out and enrolled in a 3-year sociology degree at the university. Manuela Arcuri, like many other young starlets of the 1990s and 2000s, was often the subject of gossip regarding her romantic relationships that put her on the covers of tabloids. She has a black belt in karate.
At a very early age she was attracted to showbusiness, and she became a fashion model; in 1995 she played parts in soap operas and in her first movie, Black Holes directed by Pappi Corsicato; then she had a supporting role in Graduates directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni, which brought her to the attention of the moviegoing public.
She continued acting in other movies and stage productions, such as A pretty story of a woman e Liolà at the side of Gianfranco Jannuzzo and under the direction of Gigi Proietti.
In 2000 Manuela Arcuri, now considered a sex symbol, appeared in a calendar for the magazine GenteViaggi; the following year, she posed for another calendar, this time for the
Silvana Mangano (21 April 1930 – 16 December 1989) was an Italian actress.
Raised in poverty during World War II, Mangano trained as a dancer and worked as a model before winning a "Miss Rome" beauty pageant in 1946. This led to work in films; she achieved a notable success in Bitter Rice (1949) and continued working in films for almost four more decades.
Born in Rome to an Italian father and an English mother (Ivy Webb from Croydon), Mangano lived in poverty caused by the Second World War. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model.
In 1946, at age 16, Mangano won the "Miss Rome" beauty pageant and through this, she obtained a role in a Mario Costa film. One year later, she became a contestant in the Miss Italia contest. Potential actress Lucia Bosé became "The Queen", among Mangano and several other future stars of Italian cinema such as Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale.
Mangano's earliest connection with filmmaking occurred through her romantic relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni. This led her to a film contract, though it would take some time for Mangano to ascend to international stardom with her