Serena Grandi (born 23 March 1958 in Bologna) is an Italian actress, famous as an icon and sex symbol in Italian cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. Known for her junoesque body and voluptuous measurements, she was considered one of the main pin-up girls of Italy. Some films credited her as Vanessa Steiger. Horror film buffs know her for her two gory opuses, Antropophagus (1980) and Delirium (1987).
Serena Grandi is the stage name for Serena Faggioli, born in Bologna. Graduated in computer programming, she was firstly employed in a scientific analysis laboratory. She started her acting career in 1980 playing a supporting role in the comedy film La Compagna di viaggio by Ferdinando Baldi.
In the same year she played the role of Maggie in the controversial film Antropophagus, directed by Joe D'Amato. This film is well known among horror movie fans for its extreme gore sequences. After several minor roles, she took the title role in Tinto Brass' Miranda, which gave her the status of sex symbol in her native Italy and set the path for her stardom.
Through the 1980s, she made nearly 20 films, mainly appearing in "Commedie sexy all'italiana" and erotic films, but also starring in sword epics such as The Adventures of Hercules and in some horror films. In 1987 Lamberto Bava gave her the role of Gloria in his film Delirium. In 1991 she married the twenty years older antiquarian Beppe Ercole, with whom she had a son Edoardo; the couple divorced in 1998.
In the 1990s, she started to back away from the spotlight a bit; during this time she focused her career on television series. In 2003-2004 Grandi spent 157 days under house arrest accused of having sold a few grams of cocaine. The case was later acquitted.
In 2006, she was candidate in the list of Azione Sociale, a right party led by Alessandra Mussolini, but she was not elected. The same year she published her first novel, L’amante del federale. In 2008, after ten years of break, she returned to acting.
Uomini da marciapiede (pre-production)
Al di là del mare (Short)
Lei mi parla ancora as
Tutto liscio as
The Great Beauty as
Como estrellas fugaces as
A Second Childhood as
Dopo quella notte as
Una madre (TV Movie) as
Giovanna's Father as
Quo Vadis, Baby? (TV Mini Series)
- La ragazza dei rospi (2008)
Anni '50 (TV Mini Series) as
- Episode #1.4 (1998) - Donna Maria
- Episode #1.3 (1998) - Donna Maria
- Episode #1.2 (1998) - Donna Maria
- Episode #1.1 (1998) - Donna Maria
Radio Arrow as
Madre di Ivan
Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna (TV Series) as
Frivolous Lola as
Gli inaffidabili as
Ladri si nasce (TV Movie)
Pazza famiglia (TV Series) as
- Sequestro giudiziario (1996) - Elisa
- Un figlio, perfavore (1996) - Elisa
Olga O's Strange Story as
Il prezzo della vita (TV Movie)
Delitto passionale as
Craving Desire as
Donne sottotetto (Centro storico) as
Saint Tropez, Saint Tropez as
Piazza di Spagna (TV Mini Series) as
- Episode #1.3 (1992) - Margherita Morganti
- Episode #1.2 (1992) - Margherita Morganti
- Episode #1.1 (1992) - Margherita Morganti
Per odio per amore (TV Movie) as
Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (TV Mini Series) as