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Edwige Fenech

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Full Name  Edwige Sfenek
Occupation  Actress, producer
Name  Edwige Fenech

Edwige Fenech posing with her mouth closed and having black hair.
Born  24 December 1948 (age 72) (1948-12-24) Bone, French Algeria (now Annaba, Algeria)
Spouse(s)  Luciano Martino (1971-1979) (1 son)
Similar  Luciano Martino, Gloria Guida, Barbara Bouchet

Edwige Fenech (born Edwige Sfenek; 24 December 1948) is a French-born Italian actress and film producer. She is mostly known as the star of a series of Italian erotic comedy and giallo films released in the 1970s, which turned her into a sex symbol.


Edwige Fenech posing naked in the ground with thick black hair.

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Edwige Fenech

Cinema career

Edwige Fenech smiling and wearing a light gray sleeveless shirt.

Fenech moved from Nice, France to Rome in 1967 for her first Italian film Samoa, Queen of the Jungle by Guido Malatesta. 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 that of Franz Marischka.

Fenech starred in many genres of cinema 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. Her works in this genre include The Seducers, 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, Strip Nude for Your Killer, and Phantom of Death.

Later career

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 co-produced The Merchant of Venice (2004) with Al Pacino, and later accepted Quentin Tarantino's offer to star in another movie, Hostel: Part II.

Personal life

Fenech was born in Bône, Constantine, French Algeria (now Annaba, Annaba Province, Algeria) to a Maltese father and Sicilian mother. She was married to Italian film producer Luciano Martino from 1971-79.

In the mid-1990s, she was engaged to the well-known Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo. Her son Edwin (born 1971) has worked at her production company and also at Ferrari Japan and Ferrari China.


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