Italy is not just a beautiful, historic and cultured country; it is also the birthplace of some of the most amazing talents in the world. Here are eight of the top actresses to come from Italy.
1. Sophia Loren
Of all the Italian actresses, Sophia Loren is probably the best-known on an international level. The longevity of her career was due to both her talent and her natural beauty. This Hollywood icon won over fifty international awards and this included two Academy Awards.
2. Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini is a well-known Italian actress who is particularly famous for her roles in ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Death Becomes Her’. This talented is more than just an actress, though; she is also known as a model, a philanthropist, a filmmaker and an author.
3. Monica Belluci
In the opinion of many, Monica Belluci is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Although Belluci was well-known in Italy for many years, the American audience were first introduced to her talents when she acted in ‘Tears of the Sun’ alongside Bruce Willis.
4. Valentina Cervi
Talent runs in the Cervi family. Valentina’s father is an Italian director and her grandfather is Gino Cervi, a famous Italian actor. She made the move to English-speaking acting roles in 1996.
5. Claudia Cardinale
During her most successful years, the 1960s and 1970s, Claudia Cardinale was a sex symbol. She predominantly played Italian or French speaking roles.
6. Francesca Bertini
Although she mostly performed in Italian films, Francesca Bertini still earned acclaim as one of the most talented silent movie artists of the early twentieth century.
7. Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Maria Grazia Cucinotta famously played a Bond girl in ‘The World is Not Enough’. She has worked as an actress in both television and film.
8. Asia Argento
Asia Argento is another actress that proves talent can run in families as her father is an Italian director. In addition to her work as an actress, she is also a writer and a film director.
- Main Image: Sophia Loren [Wiki]