Stefania Sandrelli

Stefania Sandrelli (born 5 June 1946) is an Italian actress, famous for her many roles in the commedia all'Italiana, starting from the 1960s. She was 14 years old when she starred in Divorce, Italian Style, as Angela, the cousin and love interest of Ferdinando, played by Marcello Mastroianni.

Stefania Sandrelli
Sandrelli in The Conformist (1970)
Born (1946-06-05) 5 June 1946
Years active1961present
Spouse(s)Nicky Pende (?-?) (divorced) child Vito
Partner(s)Giovanni Soldati (1983-present)
Gino Paoli child Amanda Sandrelli
AwardsDavid di Donatello
Best Actress
1989 Mignon Has Come to Stay
Best Supporting Actress
2001 The Last Kiss
2002 Sons and Daughters
Nastro d'Argento
Best Actress
2010 The First Beautiful Thing
Best Supporting Actress
1980 La terrazza
1989 Mignon Has Come to Stay
1999 The Dinner
2001 The Last Kiss

Early life

Sandrelli was born in Viareggio, Tuscany, into a middle-class family, the daughter of Florida and Otello Sandrelli (who died when she was eight years old), owners of a pension in Viareggio.[1][2]

As a girl, Sandrelli studied ballet and learned to play the accordion.

Sandrelli had a brother, Sergio, seven years older, who had a successful music career and died in 2013.[2]


In 1960 Sandrelli won the Miss Cinema Viareggio beauty contest, then she was the cover girl of the magazine Le Ore and had the first opportunities to make films, appearing, among others, in Luciano Salce's Il federale.[3] Her film career was launched by Pietro Germi with Divorce, Italian Style (1961); later she worked three more times with Germi, in Seduced and Abandoned (1963), L'immorale (1967) and Alfredo, Alfredo (1970).[2]

Sandrelli became in a short time a protagonist of the commedia all'italiana, appearing, among others, in Antonio Pietrangeli's Io la conoscevo bene, Mario Monicelli's Brancaleone alle crociate and Ettore Scola's C'eravamo tanto amati.[2] She also starred in several Bernardo Bertolucci's drama films, including The Conformist (1970) and 1900 (1976), and in several French productions.[2]

In 1980 she won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Ettore Scola's La terrazza.[4] In 1983 she relaunched her career with the Tinto Brass' erotic film The Key;[5] following the success of the film she then played a brief series of erotic films of good success.

On 10 September 2005 she received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival.[6] On 11 May 2012 she received the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[7]

Personal life

Sandrelli had a long relationship with Italian singer-songwriter Gino Paoli. Their daughter Amanda Sandrelli, born in 1964, is also an actress.[8]

Selected filmography


  1. Lino Miccichè. Io la conoscevo bene di Antonio Pietrangeli: infelicità senza dramma. Associazione Philip Morris progetto cinema, 1999. ISBN 887180273X.
  2. Elio Girlanda. Stefania Sandrelli. Gremese Editore, 2002. ISBN 8884401739.
  3. Silvio D'Amico. Enciclopedia dello spettacolo: 1955-1965. Unedi-Unione editoriale, 1966.
  4. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  5. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti: dizionario dei film. Baldini & Castoldi, 2001. ISBN 8884900875.
  6. Gino Moliterno. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 0810870592.
  7. Ciro Scategni (11 May 2012). "Stefania Sandrelli regina di cultura in Francia: nominata Cavaliere Arti e Lettere". Oggi 24. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  8. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.

Further reading

  • Ezio Alberione, Gianni Canova, Francesco Miuccio, Stefania Sandrelli, Papageno, 1998
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