Simonetta Stefanelli Biography
(Best Known for Her Role of 'Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone' in the Film 'The Godfather')
Birthday: November 30, 1954 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Rome, Italy
Simonetta Stefanelli is a well-known Italian actor and entrepreneur, best known for her role of ‘Apollonia Vitelli–Corleone’ in the American international crime blockbuster ‘The Godfather.’ She started her acting career with minor roles in a number of Italian films during her early teens. Her roles were mainly in Italian-style sex comedies that were popular in those days. After her performance in ‘The Godfather,’ she received numerous offers from Hollywood which she turned down, as she feared being stereotyped as a sex symbol. She preferred to continue with her career in Italy and appeared in a number of TV serials and movies, such as ‘The King is the Best Mayor,’ ‘The Big Family,’ and ‘Moses the Lawgiver.’ She married Italian actor/director Michele Placido, with whom she has appeared in several movies. Their daughter, Violante Placido, is also an actor who made her debut with her father after Simonetta gave up acting. In 1994, Simonetta and Michele divorced, and following this, Simonetta gave up her acting career to become an entrepreneur. She opened a designer store that is now famous for its bags and footwear. Though she gave up acting a long time ago, she still has a large fan base that follows her on social media. She is recognized as an Italian celebrity entrepreneur who supplies quality products to the elite.