Francesca Dellera

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Francesca Dellera
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Born (1965-10-02) 2 October 1965 (age 53)
OccupationFilm & TV actress; model; entertainer

Francesca Dellera (born on 2 October 1965) is an Italian actress and model.

Life and career[edit]

Dellera was born in Latina, Latium. After her high school degree in classical studies, Francesca Dellera started working as a model. Her beauty and allure graced the covers of national and international magazines. She was shot by world-class photographers such as Helmut Newton, Dominique Issermann, Greg Gorman, Micheal Comte as well as others. The fashion journalist Natalia Aspesi described Francesca Dellera in the following way: "When compared to the unsexy parameters that are part of the current times, Francesca Dellera is a young woman from a different era, her soft white skin is something one does not see anymore. Today, femininity is something flashy and without sex appeal as often portrayed in television or even in fashion".[1]

Dellera was launched by film director Tinto Brass, who chose her as main actress in the erotic movie Capriccio (1987); the film was a great success making her one of the most popular actresses in Italy at the time.[2]

The following year she shot the TV miniseries La romana, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and opposite Gina Lollobrigida.[2][3]

La Romana was the television version of the film bearing the same name directed by Luigi Zampa. The film itself was based on the novel of the great Italian author Alberto Moravia, and in the television series, an audience of over 10 million watched Dellera in her lead role with Gina Lollobrigida (leading actress in the original film). Moravia was so charmed by Dellera that he decided to do an interview with her in the important weekly italian magazine l'Espresso, an honor that had been given to top actresses such as Claudia Cardinale and Sofia Loren. For her performance Dellera won the Telegatto award.

However, it was with the 1991 film The Flesh directed by Marco Ferreri that Dellera reached international acclaim. The film entered the 1991 Cannes Film Festival and the actress suddenly gained much popularity in France; she is present even in the book dedicated to the first fifty years of the Cannes Film Festival. Ferreri described Dellera as having "the most beautiful skin in Italian cinema". One of the most important Italian film critics Tullio Kezich said about Dellera in The Flesh: "Her physical allure speaks for itself. As an actress, she has something exceptionally special. She is so comfortable in front of the movie camera that when she is dressed, she seems nude, and when she is nude, she seems dressed".[4]

Federico Fellini was so moved by her appearance in Ferreri's film that he chose her for the role of the fairy for a film based on Collodi's Pinocchio, opposite Roberto Benigni in the main role, but the film was never made due to the director's sudden death.[5]

Later she moved to Paris, where she had an affair with Christopher Lambert[2][6] and she was also a catwalk model for Jean Paul Gaultier. Even the singer Prince, after seeing pictures of her, flew to Paris to meet with her and rented out an entire theatre to watch her movie "The Flesh" by himself. He proposed for her to appear in one of the videos to his songs, too. Although she had to turn down the offer due to other professional commitments[7] [8].

In 1994 she starred in Jacques Deray's L'Ours en peluche, alongside Alain Delon, her last film; after that, she only shot TV-series[2].

After some years she returned in Italy where in 1999 she played the title role in Nanà, a television mini-series directed by Alberto Negrin, based on the eponymous novel by Émile Zola. After a lack of some year, in 2006 she returned in the TV film La contessa di Castiglione, an Italian-French co-production directed by Josée Dayan, alongside with Jeanne Moreau; this is her last appearance on screen.

She also appeared in several advertising campaigns.



  1. ^ Nevio Boni (16 July 1996). "Francesca, l'ultima donna bambina". La Stampa. p. 25.
  2. ^ a b c d Stefano Masi, Enrico Lancia. Les séductrices du cinéma italien. Gremese Editore, 1997.
  3. ^ Peter Cowie. "Variety international film guide, Volume 2006". Andre Deutsch.
  4. ^ Tullio Kezich (6 November 1988). "Francesca Dellera, una splendida Adriana". La Repubblica. p. 25. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  5. ^ Alessandro Casanova. Scritti e immaginati: i film mai realizzati di Federico Fellini. Guaraldi, 2005.
  6. ^ L'Espresso. Editrice L'Espresso, 1996.
  7. ^ "Dellera: "Prince, corteggiatore romantico. Affittò una sala per vedere 'La carne'"". Spettacoli - La Repubblica (in Italian). 23 April 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Francesca Dellera: «Prince voleva portarmi negli Usa, dissi no»". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 28 April 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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