Born 1955 as Francesca Romana Rivelli, Italian actress Ornella Muti modeled as a teenager and made her film debut in 1970 in La moglie più bella (aka The Most Beautiful Wife). She has primarily worked in Italian films but she made her English-speaking film debut as Princess Aura in Flash Gordon in 1980.
American movies Muti appeared in include Love and Money (1982), Casanova (1987), Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989), A Season of Giants (1990), Oscar (1991), Once Upon a Crime (1992), Somewhere in the City (1998) and To Rome with Love (2012).
Muti is mostly known to the French for appearing in a television commercial of Giovanni Panzani pasta. She was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” in 1994 by a worldwide poll of readers of the magazine Class.
In 2008, Muti introduced her own line of jewelry. She opened new shops in Paris, Milan, Rome, Riga, Moscow and Almaty. She reportedly insured her breasts for $350,000.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Ornella Muti in the 1970s and 1980s.