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Serena Grandi is a Actor Italienne born on 23 march 1958 at Bologna (Italie)

Serena Grandi

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Nationality Italie
Birth 23 march 1958 (66 years) at Bologna (Italie)

Serena Grandi (born 23 March 1958 in Bologna) is an Italian actress, famous as an icon and sex symbol in Italian cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. Known for her junoesque body and voluptuous measurements, she was considered one of the main pin-up girls of Italy. Some films credited her as Vanessa Steiger.


Serena Grandi is the stage name for Serena Faggioli, born in Bologna. Graduated in computer programming, she was firstly employed in a scientific analysis laboratory. She started her acting career in 1980 playing a supporting role in the comedy film La Compagna di viaggio by Ferdinando Baldi.

In the same year she played the role of Maggie in the controversial film Antropophagus, directed by Joe D'Amato. This film is well known among horror movie fans for its extreme gore sequences. After several minor roles, she took the title role in Tinto Brass' Miranda, which gave her the status of sex symbol in her native Italy and set the path for her stardom.

Through the 1980s, she made nearly 20 films, mainly appearing in "Commedie sexy all'italiana" and erotic films, but also starring in sword epics such as The Adventures of Hercules and in some horror films. In 1987 Lamberto Bava gave her the role of Gloria in his film Delirium. In 1991 she married the twenty years older antiquarian Beppe Ercole, with whom she had a son Edoardo; the couple divorced in 1998.

In the 1990s, she started to back away from the spotlight a bit; during this time she focused her career on television series. In 2003-2004 Grandi spent 157 days under house arrest accused of having sold a few grams of cocaine. The case was later acquitted.

In 2006, she was candidate in the list of Azione Sociale, a right party led by Alessandra Mussolini, but she was not elected. The same year she published her first novel, L’amante del federale. In 2008, after ten years of break, she returned to acting.

Usually with

Tinto Brass
Tinto Brass
(2 films)
Marco Risi
Marco Risi
(3 films)
Pupi Avati
Pupi Avati
(2 films)
Dino Risi
Dino Risi
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Serena Grandi (24 films)

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The Great Beauty, 2h22
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about writers
Actors Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Isabella Ferrari, Carlo Verdone, Carlo Buccirosso, Serena Grandi
Roles Lorena
Rating76% 3.846963.846963.846963.846963.84696
The film opens with a quote from Céline's Journey to the End of the Night: "To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength." The main character is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.
Giovanna's Father, 1h44
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War
Actors Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Alba Rohrwacher, Ezio Greggio, Serena Grandi, Paolo Graziosi
Roles Lella Ghia
Rating66% 3.349453.349453.349453.349453.34945
In Bologna in the late '30s, Michele Casali (Silvio Orlando) teaches design at the same institute where his daughter Giovanna (Alba Rohrwacher) studies. Michele is a loving father but overprotective. He does not recognize the mental health problems of his daughter, and can not save her from a tragic fate, when she is locked in a mental institution after killing her best friend.
Quo Vadis, Baby?, 1h45
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Angela Baraldi, Gigio Alberti, Elio Germano, Serena Grandi, Simone Borrelli
Rating61% 3.0898053.0898053.0898053.0898053.089805
Sixteen years after her sister's tragic suicide, a tough female private detective investigates her death.
Radio Arrow, 1h52
Directed by Luciano Ligabue
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Actors Stefano Accorsi, Luciano Federico, Serena Grandi
Roles Ivan's mother
Rating69% 3.4981553.4981553.4981553.4981553.498155
Frivolous Lola, 1h45
Directed by Tinto Brass
Origin Italie
Genres Erotic, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Patrick Mower, Anna Ammirati, Serena Grandi, Antonio Salines, Tinto Brass, Francesca Nunzi
Roles Zaira
Rating50% 2.549872.549872.549872.549872.54987
Lola (Anna Ammirati) is the teenage daughter of widow Zaira (Serena Grandi) living in a small Po Valley town (filming location is the comuni of Pomponesco and Dosolo) in the 1950s. She is engaged with young Masetto (Max Parodi credited as Mario Parodi), soon to get married but she is very much intrigued by sex, further provoked by the antics of her libertine stepfather André (Patrick Mower). Lola's advances for premarital sex jeopardise her relationship with Masetto who firmly believes in the girls' virginity before marriage.
Crime of Passion
Directed by Flavio Mogherini
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Serena Grandi, Fabio Testi, Florinda Bolkan, Anya Angelova Pencheva
Roles Tania
Rating54% 2.7141052.7141052.7141052.7141052.714105
Peter's wife is murdered for having serious relationship with her boyfriend of London. Murder takes place in a hotel of Bulgaria, and the police begin investigating. It gets to know that Peter and his wife had no good relationship and his wife was thinking of divorce. Peter got a lover named Milena. Inspector Ivan Zanova investigates.
In the Name of the Sovereign People, 1h50
Directed by Luigi Magni
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Nino Manfredi, Jacques Perrin, Alberto Sordi, Elena Sofia Ricci, Luca Barbareschi, Massimo Wertmüller
Roles Rosetta
Rating65% 3.2804553.2804553.2804553.2804553.280455
The film is set in Rome in 1848 - 1849. Violent revolutionary uprisings by young liberals create havoc in the city, while the Church and the nobles do not care and think only of saving their property. The King of Italy for convenience supports the policy of the French emperor, intending himself to fight against Austria to regain the old domains to Italy many years ago. The First Italian War of Independence is lost and Roman patriots Angelo Brunetti and Giovanni Livraghi are shot with the condemnation of enemies of the Italian nobility and the king.
Rimini Rimini, 1h54
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Laura Antonelli, Paolo Villaggio, Serena Grandi, Monica Scattini, Jerry Calà, Paolo Bonacelli
Roles Lola Sarti
Rating48% 2.4165852.4165852.4165852.4165852.416585
The film is divided into episodes set on the beaches of Rimini. A magistrate of integrity dedicates himself to pornography. A shy girl is forced to fall in love with a hefty; a priest falls in love with a nun; and a poor employee is forced to do menial jobs to his master for not being fired.
Stuff for the Rich, 1h44
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Lino Banfi, Laura Antonelli, Renato Pozzetto, Rosanna Banfi, Serena Grandi, Vittorio Caprioli
Roles Dora (1° episodio)
Rating50% 2.52932.52932.52932.52932.5293
Les trois histoires se passent à Monte Carlo. Attilio Carbone, un assureur ringard est séduit par la plantureuse Dora qui le convainc de faire souscrire à son mari une police d’assurance puis de le tuer pour empocher l'argent. Mais la femme est de mèche avec son mari. Finalement, ces deux-là finiront avec l'argent sur une île déserte.
Delirium: Photo of Gioia, 1h45
Directed by Lamberto Bava
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi, George Eastman, Capucine, Sabrina Salerno, Corrado Pani
Roles Gioia
Rating56% 2.800442.800442.800442.800442.80044
A former prostitute is in charge of a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (which also increases the magazine's sales) and supplies the mistress with pictures of their disfigured corpses taken in front of her semi-nude posters visible in the background. The more he kills, the closer the killer gets to slaughtering his obsession.
Teresa (1987)

Directed by Dino Risi
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Transport films, Trucker films, Road movies
Actors Serena Grandi, Luca Barbareschi, Eros Pagni, Nino Vingelli, Franca Scagnetti, Carlo Bagno
Roles Teresa
Rating42% 2.137732.137732.137732.137732.13773
Teresa est une belle femme devenue veuve. Elle découvre que son mari camionneur doit une grosse somme empruntée à Nabucco afin d'acheter le camion. Teresa veut garder le camion et Nabucco, épris d'elle, est prêt à « effacer l'ardoise » en échange du mariage. Mais Teresa refuse et entreprend le difficile métier de camionneur afin de rembourser la dette....
Exploits of a Young Don Juan, 1h35
Directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Marina Vlady, Claudine Auger, Virginie Ledoyen, Serena Grandi, Aurélien Recoing, Fabrice Bernard-Josso
Roles Ursule
Rating56% 2.802352.802352.802352.802352.80235
En 1914, Roger, seize ans, vient passer ses vacances d'été dans le château familial campagnard. Il assiste aux chassés-croisés polissons des habitants des lieux. Mais la guerre est déclarée et tous les hommes valides sont réquisitionnés. Roger devient alors le séducteur impénitent des femmes de la maisonnée et du coin. Quand les hommes reviennent, bon nombre de mariages vont être célébrés pour donner un nom légitime aux bébés qui vont naître des œuvres de Roger parti retrouver ses chères études à Paris.
Desiring Julia
Directed by Andrea Barzini
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Serena Grandi, Johan Leysen, Valeria D'Obici
Roles Giulia Tassi
Rating50% 2.5156352.5156352.5156352.5156352.515635
A writer named Emilio meets in a theater foyer of a sudden and mysterious girl, Giulia, and the two begin dating. He, who lives with his sister Amalia, bound to him with some morbidity, courting and she rejects him several times, but later she accepts him and finally disappears, leaving him in need. Emilio tries to help but he realizes that he can not help it. Giulia has a disordered life and he tries to change her life, he even beat her, but she can not change and his sister Amalia becomes isolated for the continued absence of his brother, and he is victim of a love who has been betrayed: when Amalia commits suicide, Emilio decides to leave Giulia.