Stunningly beautiful, extremely talented and elegant, Francesca Romana Rivelli, known as Ornella Muti was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy, to a Neapolitan father, and Ilse Renata Krause, a Baltic German, originally from Estonia. Her grandparents on the maternal side emigrated from Leningrad to Estonia. They provided Francesca not only with Russian roots but also with a never-give-up attitude.
“I’m proud of my Russian roots. You know, no matter how much you’ve achieved, never forget where you started. And never forget your roots.”
She first turned heads in La moglie più bella (“The Most Beautiful Wife”) directed by Damiano Damiani. Her debut was extremely successful. The talented actress won her first Award for Best New Actress (Migliore Attrice Esordiente) at Golden Goblets, Italy.
Continuing with her hectic agenda Ornella Muti was next seen in Il Sole nella pelle (“Summer Affair”), Tutti figli di Mammasantissima (“Italian Graffiti”), Romanzo popolare (“Come Home and Meet My Wife”), etc. She soon began to win big Awards, eventually winning Golden Globes for Best Actress in Stregati, Io e mia sorella (“Me and My Sister”), Nessuno è perfetto, among a string of nominations.
She has also gained international recognition with an array of screen roles in French, Franco-German, Spanish, British, American films, winning Jupiter Award for Best International Actress.
Having appeared in diverse screen projects, Ornella Muti has shown her incredible talent and allure to captivate audiences in any film genre. The embodiment of style, elegance and femininity, she is continuously being commended and admired for her moving and brilliant performances.
Ornella has appeared in more than 110 films, on more than 100 different magazine covers, won 15 big Awards, has shared the screen with Massimo Ranieri, Gérard Depardieu, Alain Delon, Fanny Ardant, Catherine Jacob, Guillaume Gallienne, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Timothy Dalton, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, John Malkovich, Lucy Liu, Alec Baldwin and many others.
Ornella Muti was also voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” in 1994. Ornella speaks five languages: Italian, Spanish, French, German and English. She is a happy mother of three children, two beautiful girls Naike and Carolina, and a boy Andrea. She also has two adorable grandchildren Alessandro and Giulia.
With all of her achievements and wins, Ornella Muti elegantly adds: “My children are the most precious Awards I have ever received in my life.”
Today, she is as busy as ever. Ornella participates in a number of new exciting projects.
She is very much into healthy lifestyle, and is dedicated to a varied workout routine, incorporating plenty of flexibility training into her habitual workout schedule.
Ornella Muti continues to be the true inspiration of healthy lifestyle, beauty and talent.
“Learn to see happiness in simple things, smile not only with your eyes, but also with your heart, and don’t be afraid of wrinkles.”