Ornella Muti (born 9 March 1955) is an Italian actress.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

She was born in Rome as Francesca Romana Rivelli, to a Neapolitan father and Estonian mother Ilse Renata Krause. Her maternal grandparents immigrated from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia, to Estonia.[1] She has an older sister, Claudia (born 1951).


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 she appeared in include Oscar (1991) andOnce Upon a Crime (1992). She is mostly known to the French for appearing in a television commercial of Giovanni Panzani pasta.

Muti 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 jewellery.[2] She opened new shops in Paris, Milan, Rome, Riga, Moscow and Almaty.

She insured her breasts for $350,000.[3]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Muti has been married twice, firstly to Alessio Orano (her fellow actor in the film The Most Beautiful Wife, 1975–1981), and secondly to Federico Facchinetti (1988–1996).

Muti has three children: Naike Rivelli (born 1974), who is also a model, singer (under the name Nayked) and actress having a close resemblance to her mother, and whose father is Spanish film producer José Luis Bermúdez de Castro Acaso; a son, Andrea, and a second daughter, Carolina, both from her marriage to Facchinetti.

From 1998 to 2008, Muti lived with Stefano Piccolo, a plastic surgeon.

Since 2008, her romantic partner has been Fabrice Kerhervé.[4][5]

Selected filmography[edit]Edit

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