Edwige Fenech

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Edwige Fenech
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Fenech in Tutti i colori del buio (1972)
Born Edwige Sfenek
(1948-12-24) 24 December 1948 (age 67)
Bône, French Algeria (now Annaba, Algeria)
Occupation Actress, Producer
Spouse(s) Luciano Martino (1971-1979) (1 son)

Edwige Fenech (born Edwige Sfenek; 24 December 1948) is a French-born Italian actress and film producer.[1]

Cinema career[edit]

Fenech moved from Nice to Rome in 1967 for her first Italian film Samoa, regina della giungla by Guido Malatesta.[2][3] In 1968, she came under contract with Austrian director Franz Antel and from the late 1960s to early 1970s, she acted in various films of Antel (including his acclaimed Frau Wirtin series) as well as Franz Marischka's.

Fenech starred in many genres of cinema[4] but her greatest commercial success came with commedia sexy all'italiana films, particularly including earlier works Ubalda, All Naked and Warm and Giovannona Long-Thigh, as well as the following l'insegnante (school teacher), la soldatessa (soldier), la poliziotta (policewoman) series and other films that featured Fenech in stereotypical professions, which further bolstered Fenech's position as the most popular actress of the genre. She often paired with Carlo Giuffrè and later with Renzo Montagnani in commedia sexy films.

Fenech was also a regular in giallo films.[5] Her works in this genre include Five Dolls for an August Moon, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, All the Colors of the Dark, The Case of the Bloody Iris, and Strip Nude for Your Killer.

Later career[edit]

In the 1980s, she became a television personality, typically appearing with Barbara Bouchet on a chat show on Italian television.

After many years of work in movie production, she produced, among others, The Merchant of Venice (2004) with Al Pacino, and Fenech accepted Quentin Tarantino's offer to star in another movie, Hostel: Part II.

Personal life[edit]

Fenech was born in Bône, Constantine, French Algeria (now Annaba, Annaba Province in Algeria) to a Maltese father and Sicilian mother. She was married to Italian film producer Luciano Martino from 1971 to 1979. In the mid-1990s, she was engaged to the well-known Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo. Her son Edwin, born in 1971, has worked at her production company and also at Ferrari Japan and Ferrari China.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1968 Sexy Susan Sins Again Céline Franz Antel
1968 Samoa, Queen of the Jungle Samoa Guido Malatesta
1969 Top Sensation (it) Ulla Ottavio Alessi
1969 Madame Bovary Emma Bovary Hans Schott-Schöbinger
1970 Five Dolls for an August Moon Marie Chaney Mario Bava
1970 The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh Julie Wardh Sergio Martino
1972 When Women Were Called Virgins Giulia Varrone Aldo Grimaldi
1972 The Case of the Bloody Iris Jennifer Osterman Giuliano Carnimeo
1972 All the Colors of the Dark Jane Harrison Sergio Martino
1972 Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key Floriana Sergio Martino
1972 Ubalda, All Naked and Warm Ubalda Mariano Laurenti
1972 Naughty Nun Antonia Mariano Laurenti
1973 Giovannona Long-Thigh Giovannona Coscialunga Sergio Martino
1973 Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Orchidea Michele Lupo
1973 Holy God, Here Comes the Passatore! Mora Giuliano Carnimeo
1973 Anna, quel particolare piacere Anna Giuliano Carnimeo
1974 Poker in Bed Eva Giuliano Carnimeo
1974 Innocence and Desire Carmela Paternò Massimo Dallamano
1975 Strip Nude for Your Killer Magda Andrea Bianchi
1975 The School Teacher Giovanna Pagaus Nando Cicero
1975 Lover Boy Marianna Marino Girolami
1975 La moglie vergine Valentina Marino Girolami
1976 Sex with a Smile Emilia Chiapponi Sergio Martino
1976 Confessions of a Lady Cop Gianna Amicucci Michele Massimo Tarantini
1976 My Sister in Law Viola Orlando/ Rosa Orlando Lucio Fulci
1976 Evil Thoughts Francesca Marani Ugo Tognazzi
1977 The Schoolteacher Goes to Boys' High Monica Sebastiani Mariano Laurenti
1977 The Virgo, the Taurus and the Capricorn Gioia Ferretti Luciano Martino
1977 Taxi Girl Marcella Michele Massimo Tarantini
1978 The School Teacher in the House Luisa De Dominicis Michele Massimo Tarantini
1978 Amori miei Deborah Steno
1978 The Greatest Battle Danielle Umberto Lenzi
1979 Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot Barbara Wimply Steno
1979 Hot Potato Maria Steno
1979 A Policewoman on the Porno Squad Gianna D'Amico Michele Massimo Tarantini
1979 Saturday, Sunday and Friday Eng. Tokimoto Sergio Martino
1980 Sugar, Honey and Pepper Amalia Passalacqua Sergio Martino
1980 I'm Photogenic Cinzia Pancaldi Dino Risi
1980 Il ladrone Deborah Pasquale Festa Campanile
1980 Catherine and I Elisabetta Alberto Sordi
1980 La moglie in vacanza... l'amante in città Giulia Sergio Martino
1981 Asso Silvia Castellano & Pipolo
1981 A Policewoman in New York Gianna Amicucci / La Pupa Michele Massimo Tarantini
1981 Cornetti alla crema Marianna Sergio Martino
1981 Il ficcanaso Susanna Luisetti Bruno Corbucci
1982 Il paramedico Nina Miglio Sergio Nasca
1982 Don't Play with Tigers Francesca Del Prà Sergio Martino
1984 Vacanze in America Miss De Romanis Carlo Vanzina
1988 Phantom of Death Hélène Martell Ruggero Deodato
1993 Private Crimes Nicole Venturi Sergio Martino
2007 Hostel: Part II Art Class Professor Eli Roth


  1. ^ "Edwige Fenech". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  3. ^ Interview with Fenech, by Luigi Cozzi
  4. ^ "Edwige Fenech". cultsirens.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Edwige Fenech, the giallo queen". rarecultcinema.com. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Stefano Loparco, Il corpo dei Settanta. Il corpo, l'immagine e la maschera di Edwige Fenech, Il Foglio Letterario, 2009. ISBN 978-8876062582.

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