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Stefania Sandrelli

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On June 5, 1946, she was born in Viareggio (Tuscany, Italy). She won a beauty pageant when she was 15 years old, which led to her first job in “Il federale,” in which she co-starred with the legendary Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi. She was then cast by Germi in the Italian comedy “Divorzio all’Italiana,” co-starring Marcello Mastroianni, but she rose to prominence a few years later in the film “Sedotta e abbandonata.” She began dating the Italian singer Gino Paoli when she was 16, and in 1964 she gave birth to her first daughter, Amanda.

She collaborated with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Ettore Scola, and Comencini in the 1970s, and performed with Vittorio Gassman, Dustin Hoffman (Alfredo, Alfredo), Robert De Niro, and Gerard Depardieu (Novecento). In the 1980s, she had her sexiest role in Tinto Brass’s “La chiave,” which made her an erotic symbol for an entire generation of men, and she appeared in key Italian films (for example Speriamo che sia femmina, with Catherine Deneuve and Liv Ullman). In the 1990s, she was known for her work in television shows, particularly as Gigi Proietti’s fiancée in “Il Maresciallo Rocca.”

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