Famous Italian Actresses

Find out more about the greatest Italian Actresses, including Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren, Isabella Rossellini, Claudia Cardinale and Gina Lollobrigida.

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Sophia Loren
(Actress)

Sophia Loren
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Birthdate: September 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Known as the quintessential “femme fatale” of the "Golden Age of Hollywood," Sophia Loren rose from participating in a beauty pageant as a teenager, to being the first actor to win the Academy Award for a foreign-language movie. The Italian bombshell is also known for her affair with Cary Grant.

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Monica Bellucci
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Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy

Monica Bellucci is one of the most popular actresses from Italy. Her popularity in the West helped her become the oldest woman to play a Bond girl in the history of the James Bond film franchise. Known for her hourglass figure, she has been regarded as a sex symbol and has appeared in lists like 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.

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Asia Argento
(Actress)

Asia Argento
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Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Asia Argento, daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento, has starred in movies such as XXX, Traveling Companion, and Transylvania. She declared that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, while she was herself accused of assaulting Jimmy Bennett. She was dating Anthony Bourdain at the time of his death.
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Isabella Rossellini
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Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini has made an important contribution to the American and Italian film industry. She has also appeared on stage, including an Off-Broadway production of The Stendhal Syndrome.  Also known for her involvement in conservation efforts, Rossellini serves as the director and president of the Howard Gilman Foundation, which focuses on the preservation of arts, photography, and wildlife.

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Claudia Cardinale
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Birthdate: April 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Goulette, Tunisia

Claudia Cardinale is a Tunisian-born Italian actress who played important roles in some of the most popular Italian and French movies of the 1960s and 1970s. After achieving immense popularity as an actress in Italy, Cardinale starred in the 1963 American comedy film The Pink Panther, which increased her popularity. Claudia Cardinale was also renowned for her beauty.

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Greta Scacchi
(Actress)

Greta Scacchi
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Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Greta Scacchi is best known for her Emmy-winning role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. She also earned a BAFTA nomination for her role in Heat and Dust and an Emmy nomination for Broken Trail. She is also a seasoned theater actor and has worked toward prevention of overfishing.

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Julia Fox
(Actress)

Julia Fox
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Birthdate: April 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Gina Lollobrigida
(Actress, Photojournalist)

Gina Lollobrigida
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Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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Valeria Golino
(Actress, who was featured in many films in Italy and appeared in Hot Shots! and Rain Man)

Valeria Golino
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Birthdate: October 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Born to an Italian Germanist scholar father and a Greek painter mother, Valeria Golino was destined to be associated with the arts but had initially aspired to be a cardiologist. She later stepped into movies and gained fame for her roles in movies such as Rain Man and the Hot Shots! franchise.

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Alessandra Mussolini
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Birthdate: December 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Alessandra Mussolini is an Italian former politician and former actress. The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, she is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate. She was the leader of the national conservative political party Social Action as well. Prior to joining politics, she was a model and actress in the 1970s and 1980s.  

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Simonetta Stefanelli
(Businessperson, Fashion designer)

Simonetta Stefanelli
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Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Simonetta Stefanelli is an Italian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and former actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in the popular crime film, The Godfather. After retiring from acting in 1992, Simonetta Stefanelli became an entrepreneur. She owns a fashion store called Simo Bloom, where she designs shoes and purses.

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Giuliana Rancic
(Journalist)

Giuliana Rancic
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Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Giuliana Rancic is an Italian-American television personality and entertainment reporter. Over the years, she has co-hosted several important events like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Also known for her good looks, Rancic was named in the 100 Most Beautiful people list by People magazine in 2006. In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award under the Fan Favorite category.

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Pier Angeli
(Former Actress who won a 1952 Golden Globe Award for her breakout role in Teresa)

Pier Angeli
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Birthdate: June 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy
Died: September 10, 1971

Best known for her title role in the film Teresa, Pier Angeli had stepped into showbiz at the tender age of 16. The Golden Globe-winning actor also appeared in films such as Flame and the Flesh and The Silver Chalice. She died of a barbiturate overdose at 39.

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Giada Colagrande
(Director, Actress)

Giada Colagrande
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Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy
Known for projects such as Padre and Pasolini, Italian actor-director Giada Colagrande began her career making art documentaries. Her short films have earned accolades, too. She is now known for her collaborations with her actor husband Willem Dafoe, with whom she has an age gap of almost 2 decades.

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Anita Pallenberg
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Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

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Allison Miller
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Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Allison Miller is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Michelle Benjamin in the serial drama TV series, Kings. Miller was passionate about acting, so much so that she dropped out of college in 2006 to pursue acting. A multi-talented personality, Miller has trained in modern, jazz, and tap dance. She also plays the guitar and the piano.

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Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
(Actress, famous for her title role in the Italian fantasy series Mia and Me)

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
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Birthdate: March 27, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

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Matilda De Angelis
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Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Lisa Moretti
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Birthdate: November 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood

Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
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Birthdate: April 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Violante Placido
(Actress most famous for her roles in films like the comic book adaptation Ghost Rider and its sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance)

Violante Placido
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Birthdate: May 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Daniela Bianchi
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Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Daniela Bianchi is an Italian actress known for her portrayal of Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the popular spy film, From Russia with Love. After appearing in the second James Bond film, Bianchi landed roles in a number of Italian and French movies. Apart from acting, Daniela Bianchi also studied ballet and worked as a fashion model.

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Lory Del Santo
(Actress who is most famous for her roles in the television shows Drive In and Tagli, Ritagli e Frattaglie)

Lory Del Santo
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Birthdate: September 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Povegliano Veronese, Italy

Born in a stable in Verona, Lory Del Santo lost her father in an accident later and was raised by her mother. Beginning her TV career at 16, she later also participated in the Miss Universe contest. She gave birth to Eric Clapton’s son but lost the child in a freak accident.

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Caterina Murino
(actress born in Sardinia, who became known for portraying Bond girl Solange Dimitrios in Casino Royale)

Caterina Murino
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Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy

Caterina Murino first gained attention after participating in the Miss Italy contest. She later began her showbiz career as a model and starred in films such as The Corsican File. She also appeared as Bond Girl Solange in Casino Royale. She is also well-versed in dances such as flamenco and tango.

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Carly Pope
(Actress)

Carly Pope
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Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Alessandra Mastronardi
(Actress known for her roles in the film To Rome with Love and the television series Master of None)

Alessandra Mastronardi
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Birthdate: February 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

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Matilda Lutz
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Birthdate: January 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Born to a fashion photographer father and a fashion PR mother, who were both models previously, Matilda Lutz began modeling quite early in life. She moved to Los Angeles after dropping out of university and initially worked in an Italian eatery to sustain herself. She later appeared in movies such as Rings.

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Ornella Muti
(Actress)

Ornella Muti
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Birthdate: March 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Fabiana Udenio
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Birthdate: December 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Mădălina Diana Ghenea
(Actress, Model)

Mădălina Diana Ghenea
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Birthdate: August 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Slatina, Romania

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Claudia Gerini
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Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Laura Antonelli
(Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 films between 1964 and 1991)

Laura Antonelli
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Birthdate: November 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia
Died: June 22, 2015

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Monica Vitti
(Actress best known for her starring roles in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni during the early-to-mid 1960s.)

Monica Vitti
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Birthdate: November 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 2, 2022

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Ylenia Carrisi
(Former actress who disappeared under mysterious circumstances while visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, in January 1994)

Ylenia Carrisi
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Birthdate: November 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Virna Lisi
(Actress)

Virna Lisi
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Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: December 18, 2014

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Alida Valli
(Former Actress who appeared in more than 100 films in a 70-year career)

Alida Valli
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Birthdate: May 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pola, Italy
Died: April 22, 2006

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Maria Grazia Cucinotta
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Birthdate: July 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Messina, Italy

Best known for her role as the Cigar Girl in the James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough, Maria Grazia Cucinotta initially made a name for herself in the Italian TV industry. She was also appreciated for her role in the comedy-drama movie Il Postino and has a star on Toronto’s Italian Walk of Fame.

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Elisabetta Canalis
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Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sassari, Italy

Elisabetta Canalis is an Italian showgirl and actress. Renowned for her impressive physique and good looks, Canalis has been a popular model in Italy, appearing on publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She has also modeled for Roberto Cavalli and was featured in the Max nude calendar in 2003. In 2010, she was ranked the seventh-most beautiful woman on Maxim.

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Chiara Mastroianni
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Birthdate: May 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is an Italian-French actress and director notable for her movie It's Easier for a Camel... and Human Capital. The actress rose to fame in 1993 with the movie Normal People Have Nothing Exceptional. Her movie A Castle in Italy was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2013. 

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Luciana Paluzzi
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Birthdate: June 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Paola Mori
(Actress)

Paola Mori
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Birthdate: September 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Italy
Died: August 12, 1986

Veronica De Laurentiis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Gloria Guida
(Actress, Model best known for starring in commedia erotica all'italiana, particularly the La liceale series, and also in erotic coming-of-age-drama films in the mid-1970s)

Gloria Guida
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Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meran, Italy

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Barbara Bouchet
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Birthdate: August 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reichenberg, Sudetenland, Germany [now Liberec, Czech Republic]

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Anna Magnani
(Actress)

Anna Magnani
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Birthdate: March 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: September 26, 1973

Anna Magnani was an Italian actress best remembered for her real-life portrayals of characters and explosive acting. In 1956, Magnani became the first Italian ever to receive an Academy Award when she won the award for her portrayal of Serafina Delle Rose in the 1955 film, The Rose Tattoo. She had also won other prestigious awards like the Silver Bear.

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Silvana Mangano
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Birthdate: April 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 16, 1989

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Silvia Colloca
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Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Silvia Colloca is an Italian-Australian actress, cookbook author, opera singer, and TV cookery show personality.  An opera-trained mezzo-soprano, she worked in musical theater before becoming an actress. She later created her own TV cookery shows that earned her much international prominence. She also runs a successful YouTube channel in collaboration with Marion Grasby.  

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Valentina Nappi
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Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scafati, Salerno, Campania, Italy

Valentina Nappi is an Italian adult model and pornographic film actress. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like AVN Award and XBIZ Award. Widely recognized as an intellectual pornstar, Nappi contributes as a columnist for MicroMega. She has also been featured in magazines like Playboy and Penthouse. In November 2013, Nappi was named Pet of the Month by Penthouse.

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Ira von Fürstenberg
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Birthdate: April 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy