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Edwige Fenech filmography and biography

Date of birth: 24 December 1948, Bône, Constantine, France [now Annaba, Algeria]

Edwige Fenech biography

Stunningly gorgeous and charismatic brunette actress Edwige Fenech was born as Edwige Sfenek on December 24, 1948 in Bone, Constantine, France to a Maltese father and Italian mother. Edwige began her show business career as a participant in beauty contests (she won the title of "Miss Mannequin de la Cote d'Azur" at age 16 and even won a Miss France beauty contest) and worked as a photo model prior to making her film debut in the 1967 comedy "All Mad About Him." Fenech appeared in such saucy West German sex farces as "The Blonde and the Black Pussycat" and "Sexy Susan Sins Again" in the late 60's. With her lustrous long black hair, lovely, sensuous face, full, shapely figure, and smoldering screen presence, Edwige soon became a very popular and much sought after actress in a diverse array of European productions made in Italy, France, Spain, and West Germany. Fenech achieved her greatest enduring cult cinema popularity by starring in several superior Italian giallos for director Sergio Martino: "Next!," "Demons of the Dead," and "Your Vice Is a Closed Room and Only I Have the Key." (She was the onetime girlfriend of Martino's producer brother Luciano.) Edwige also acted for Martino in a handful of racy Italian sex comedies and the Italian mini-series "Delitti Privati." Other noted Italian film directors Fenech has acted in movies for are Mario Bava ("Five Dolls for an August Moon"), Guliano Carnimeo ("The Case of the Bloody Iris"), Andrea Bianchi ("Strip Nude for Your Killer"), Umberto Lenzi ("The Great Battle"), Steno ("Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot"), Dino Risi ("I'm Photogenic"), and Ruggero Deodato ("Phantom of Death"). She demonstrated her exceptional range and skill as an actress with enjoyably uninhibited performances in such amusingly bawdy Italian comedic romps as "The Naughty Nun," "Ubalda, All Naked and Warm," and "Sexy Schoolteacher." Edwige became a television personality in the 80's and made frequent appearances on an Italian chat show along with fellow giallo goddess Barbara Bouchet. Moreover, Fenech launched her own fashion line and founded her own film production company Immagine e Cinema S.r.l. with her son Edwin (she co-produced the 2004 movie "The Merchant of Venice" as well as various Italian TV mini-series and made-for-TV features). In the mid 90's Edwige was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo. More recently Edwige Fenech made a welcome return to acting with a funny small part as an alluring art class professor in Eli Roth's "Hostel: Part II."

Edwige Fenech trivia


- Her father was Maltese, and her mother was an Italian from Tunisia.
- Founder of Immagine e Cinema S.r.l. (Rome, Italy) - a movie production company.
- In the mid-90s, she was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari Cars, headchief of the organization of the 1990 Football World Cup in Italy, and, since May 2004, president of the FIAT Group.
- Began her career as a photo model.
- Son, Edwin, is born in 1971.
- She has an entry in Jean Tulard's Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs, published in Paris in 2007 (page 47).

Edwige Fenech filmography

Name Year
Hostel: Part II 2007
Le ragioni del cuore 2002
Quelli che... il calcio 2001
Il fratello minore 2000
Donna 1995
Alta società 1995
Il coraggio di Anna 1994
Delitti privati 1993
Un delitto poco comune 1988
Nel gorgo del peccato 1987
Vacanze in America 1985
Bene, bravi, bis 1984
Roma X112X 1982
Il paramedico 1982
Ricchi, ricchissimi... praticamente in mutande 1982
Sballato, gasato, completamente fuso 1982
Tais-toi quand tu parles! 1981
Asso 1981
Cornetti alla crema 1981
La poliziotta a New York 1981
Io e Caterina 1980
Il ladrone 1980
Zucchero, miele e peperoncino 1980
La moglie in vacanza... l'amante in città 1980
Sono fotogenico 1980
Il ficcanaso 1980
Amori miei 1979
La patata bollente 1979
Dottor Jekyll e gentile signora 1979
Sabato, domenica e venerdì 1979
La poliziotta della squadra del buon costume 1979
Il grande attacco 1978
L'insegnante va in collegio 1978
La soldatessa alle grandi manovre 1978
L'insegnante viene a casa 1978
Taxi Girl 1977
La vergine, il toro e il capricorno 1977
La soldatessa alla visita militare 1977
Cattivi pensieri 1976
40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo 1976
La pretora 1976
La dottoressa del distretto militare 1976
La moglie vergine 1975
Grazie... nonna 1975
Il vizio di famiglia 1975
L'insegnante 1975
Nude per l'assassino 1975
La poliziotta fa carriera 1975
La signora gioca bene a scopa? 1974
Innocenza e turbamento 1974
Giovannona coscialunga, disonorata con onore 1973
Anna, quel particolare piacere 1973
Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! 1973
Fuori uno sotto un altro arriva il passatore 1973
La vedova inconsolabile ringrazia quanti la consolarono 1973
Tutti i colori del buio 1972
Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave 1972
Quando le donne si chiamavano 'Madonne' 1972
La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia 1972
Quel gran pezzo dell'Ubalda tutta nuda e tutta calda 1972
Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? 1972
Le calde notti di Don Giovanni 1971
Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh 1971
Deserto di fuoco 1971
Le Mans scorciatoia per l'inferno 1970
5 bambole per la luna d'agosto 1970
Satiricosissimo 1970
Alle Kätzchen naschen gern 1969
Komm, liebe Maid und mache 1969
Frau Wirtin hat auch eine Nichte 1969
Top Sensation 1969
Die nackte Bovary 1969
Madame und ihre Nichte 1969
Testa o croce 1969
Der Mann mit dem goldenen Pinsel 1969
Don Franco e Don Ciccio nell'anno della contestazione 1969
Frau Wirtin hat auch einen Grafen 1968
Le démoniaque 1968
Samoa, regina della giungla 1968
Il figlio di Aquila Nera 1968
Toutes folles de lui 1967
Festival di Sanremo 1951