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Ornella Muti

Ornella MutiBiography, Italian actress

Italian actress
Ornella Muti
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Italian actress
A.K.A. Francesca Romana Rivelli
Is Actor
From Italy
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 9 March 1955, Rome
Age: 65 years
Residence Rome
Spouse: Alessio Orano
Children: Naike Rivelli
Height: 1.6764 m
The details


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

Early life

She was born in Rome as Francesca Romana Rivelli, to a Neapolitan father and Ilse Renata Krause, a Baltic German from Estonia. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) to Estonia. She has an older sister, Claudia (born 1950).


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 Love and Money (1982), Casanova (1987), Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989), A Season of Giants (1990), Oscar (1991), Once Upon a Crime (1992), Somewhere in the City (1998) and To Rome with Love (2012).

She is mostly known to the French for appearing in a television commercial of Giovanni Panzani pasta. She 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. She opened new shops in Paris, Milan, Rome, Riga, Moscow and Almaty. She reportedly insured her breasts for $350,000.

Personal life

Muti has been married twice, first to Alessio Orano (a fellow actor in The Most Beautiful Wife), from 1975–81. She was married, secondly, to Federico Facchinetti, from 1988 to 1996. Muti has three children: Naike Rivelli (born 1974), a fashion model, singer, and actress (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. In September 2016, she announced the intention to have also a Russian citizenship when she visited the island Sakhalin, Muti owns a permanent residence in Russia and applied for citizenship the same year.

Selected filmography

  • La moglie più bella (The Most Beautiful Wife, 1970)
  • Il Sole nella pelle (1971, also known as Summer Affair, Sun on the Skin)
  • Un posto ideale per uccidere (Oasis of Fear, 1971)
  • The House of the Doves (1972)
  • Le Monache di Sant'Arcangelo (1973, also known as Sisters of Satan, The Nuns of Saint Archangel, The Nun and the Devil)
  • Italian Graffiti (1973)
  • Romanzo popolare (1974, also known as Come Home and Meet My Wife)
  • The Sensual Man (1974)
  • Appassionata (1974, also known as Passionate)
  • Leonor (fr) (1975)
  • Pure as a Lily (1976)
  • La Dernière femme (1976, also known as The Last Woman, L'Ultima donna)
  • La stanza del vescovo, (1977, also known as The Bishop’s Room)
  • Mort d'un pourri (1977, also known as Death of a Corrupt Man, The Twisted Detective)
  • I nuovi mostri (1977)
  • Ritratto di borghesia in nero (1978, also known as Nest of Vipers, Portrait of a Bourgeois in Black)
  • Eutanasia di un amore (1978)
  • Primo amore (1978)
  • Neapolitan Mystery (1979)
  • La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful, 1979)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Il Bisbetico Domato (1980)
  • Storie di ordinaria follia (Tales of Ordinary Madness, 1981)
  • Nessuno è perfetto (1981)
  • Innamorato pazzo (Madly in Love, 1981)
  • Love and Money (1982)
  • La ragazza di Trieste (The Girl from Trieste, 1982)
  • Bonnie e Clyde all'italiana (Bonnie and Clyde Italian Style, 1983)
  • Un povero ricco (Rich and Poor, 1983)
  • Un amour de Swann (1984, also known as Eine Liebe von Swann, Swann in Love)
  • Il futuro è donna (The Future Is Woman, 1984)
  • All the Fault of Paradise (Tutta colpa del paradiso) (1985)
  • Stregati (1986)
  • Grandi magazzini (1986)
  • Io e mia sorella (Me and My Sister, 1987)
  • Casanova (1987)
  • Cronaca di una morte annunciata (Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1987)
  • Il frullo del passero (The Sparrow's Fluttering, 1988)
  • O Re (The King of Naples) (1989)
  • Codice privato (1989)
  • Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989)
  • Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa (1990, English titles: Captain Fracassa's Journey, The Voyage of Captain Fracassa)
  • Stasera a casa di Alice (1990)
  • A Season of Giants (1990)
  • Oscar (1991)
  • Count Max (1991)
  • La domenica specialmente (Especially on Sunday, 1991)
  • Once Upon a Crime (1992)
  • El Amante Bilingüe (The Bilingual Lover, 1993)
  • Compromesso d'amore (1995, Spanish title: Tatiana, la muñeca rusa, US title: Love Deal)
  • Mi fai un favore (1996, US title: Stella's Favor)
  • Pour rire! (1996)
  • Widows - Erst die Ehe, dann das Vergnügen (1998)
  • Somewhere in the City (1998)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (1998, miniseries)
  • The Unscarred (1999), co-starred with daughter Naike Rivelli
  • Panni sporchi (Dirty Linen, 1999)
  • Tierra del fuego (2000)
  • Jet Set (2000)
  • Domani (2001, English title: Tomorrow)
  • Il figlio prediletto (2001 Brazil, Portuguese title: Um Crime Nobre)
  • Hotel (2001)
  • Last Run (2002)
  • Cavale (2002, also known as Trilogy: One, On the Run)
  • Un couple épatant (2002, also known as Trilogy: Two, An Amazing Couple)
  • Après la vie (2002, also known as Trilogy: Three, After the Life)
  • The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
  • La bambina dalle mani sporche (2005)
  • Les Bronzés 3: Amis pour la vie (2006)
  • Civico zero (2007)
  • Doc West (2009)
  • To Rome with Love (2012)
  • Checkmate (short film) (2016)

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