Born 1946 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli studied ballet and learned to play the accordion as a girl.
In 1960, Sandrelli won the Miss Cinema Viareggio beauty contest, then she was the cover girl of the magazine Le Ore. She was 14 years old when she starred in Divorce, Italian Style (1961) by Pietro Germi; later she worked three more times with Germi, in Seduced and Abandoned (1963), L’immorale (1967) and Alfredo, Alfredo (1970).
Sandrelli is famous for her many roles in the commedia all’Italiana. She also starred in several Bernardo Bertolucci’s drama films, including The Conformist (1970) and 1900 (1976), and in several French productions.
In 1980, Sandrelli won the Nastro d’Argento for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Ettore Scola’s La terrazza. In 1983, she relaunched her career with the Tinto Brass’ erotic film The Key; following the success of the film she then played a brief series of erotic films of good success.
Sandrelli received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival in 2005, and the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Stefania Sandrelli in the 1960s.