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Ornella Muti
Ornella Muti 2000.jpg
Muti in 2000
Francesca Romana Rivelli

(1955-03-09) 9 March 1955 (age 67)
Rome, Italy
Years active1970–present
Alessio Orano
(m. 1975; div. 1981)

Federico Facchinetti
(m. 1988; div. 1996)
Partner(s)Fabrice Kerhervé
Children3; including Naike Rivelli

Ornella Muti (born Francesca Romana Rivelli; 9 March 1955) is an Italian actress, most notable for her work in Flash Gordon, Oscar, and The Most Beautiful Wife.

Early life

Muti was born in Rome to a Neapolitan journalist father and Ilse Renate Krause, a Baltic German sculptor from Estonia. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) to Estonia.[1]


Muti modeled as a teenager and made her film debut in 1970 in La moglie più bella (aka The Most Beautiful Wife).[2] She has primarily worked in Italian films but she made her English-speaking film debut as Princess Aura in Flash Gordon in 1980.[2] American movies she appeared in include Love and Money (1982), Casanova (1987), Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989), A Season of Giants (1990), Oscar (1991), Once Upon a Crime (1992), Somewhere in the City (1998) and To Rome with Love (2012).[2]

In 2008, Muti introduced her own line of jewelry and subsequently opened shops in Paris, Milan, Rome, Riga, Moscow and Almaty.[3][better source needed] In 1999 she insured her breasts for $350,000.[4]

In 2015, the Italian court of Pordenone condemned her to 8 months in prison for having canceled a theatrical performance following a health problem, which did not prevent her from participating in a social dinner with Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg in December 2010. She avoided prison by paying the sum of 30,000 euros to the Verdi theater as compensation.[5]

Personal life

Muti has been married twice, first to Alessio Orano (a fellow actor in The Most Beautiful Wife), from 1975 to 1981.[2] She was married, secondly, to Federico Fachinetti, from 1988 to 1996.[2] Muti has three children: Naike Rivelli (born 1974), a fashion model, singer, and actress; a son, Andrea, and a second daughter, Carolina, both from her marriage to Fachinetti.[2]

From 1998 to 2008, she had a live-in relationship with Stefano Piccolo, an Italian plastic surgeon, 8 years her junior.[6]

On February 1, 2022, the actress announced that she would like to obtain Russian citizenship. "It would be nice for me to get citizenship, because it is part of my culture associated with my mother. She died this year, and it would be a gift for her," the artist said in an interview with TASS.[7]


  1. ^ (in Russian) Interview with Ornella Muti (Интервью с Орнеллой Мути)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ornella Muti". IMDb. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  3. ^ ORNELLA MUTI & FABRICE KERHERVÉ look forward to meeting you at RIGA on the 19th-20th-21th [sic] JULY 2008
  4. ^ "Guarda che talento, lo voglio assicurare - la". Archivio - la (in Italian). Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  5. ^ "L'actrice Ornella Muti condamnée à de la prison après avoir dîné avec Poutine". (in French). 27 February 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Ornella Muti". IMDb. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  7. ^ Горностаева, Юлия (1 February 2022). "Актриса Орнелла Мути заявила о желании стать гражданкой России". Известия (in Russian). Retrieved 21 February 2022.