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Sandra Milo
Salvatrice Elena Greco [1]

(1933-03-11)11 March 1933
Died29 January 2024(2024-01-29) (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
  • Actress
  • singer
  • author
  • television personality
Years active1955–2024
  • Moris Ergas
  • Ottavio De Lollis

Sandra Milo (born Salvatrice Elena Greco; 11 March 1933 – 29 January 2024) was an Italian actress, television personality, author, and musician. She won a Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress for each of her roles in Federico Fellini's and Juliet of the Spirits.

Life and career

Milo made her film debut in 1955 alongside Alberto Sordi in The Bachelor. Her first major role came in 1959 thanks to the producer Moris Ergas, in General della Rovere, directed by Roberto Rossellini. She also appeared in his film, Vanina Vanini, but Rossellini's career was cut short after the film received harsh criticism at the Venice Festival. After she got married, she retired from her acting career.

Until discovered by Fellini, Milo had mostly performed in comedies and melodramas. Although she was reluctant to make a comeback, Fellini convinced her to take on the role of the sexy, lightheaded mistress opposite Marcello Mastroianni in . The movie, which won universal acclaim, failed to change the public perception of her and although she was cast in Juliet of the Spirits, most of her following endeavors were second-rate films.

In the mid-1960s, Milo was hostess of a television program in Rome.[2]

Milo retired again from acting in 1968, only to make a second comeback in 1979, with her roles shifting from that of the temptress to more stern middle-aged women. In 2006–2007 she toured Italy with the theatrical adaptation of 8 Women.

Milo married Moris Ergas with whom she had a daughter Deborah, and later married Ottavio De Lollis with whom she had two children, Ciro and Azzurra. She was Roman Catholic.[3] Milo died from lung cancer on 29 January 2024, at the age of 90.[1][4]



List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Come si fa/Il mondo è tutto una canzone" 1984 Non-album single
"Il ballo del che cos'è" 1987
"Ma si che ce la fai/Marinai Marinai" (with Gianni Dei) 1989
"La fotogenia" (with Alessandro Orlando Graziano) 2018 Voyages Extraordinaires


Milo in Juliet of the Spirits (1965)


Film roles showing year released, title, role played and notes
Title Year Role Notes
The Bachelor 1955 Gabriella Feature film debut
Elena and Her Men 1956 Young woman Cameo appearance
Nero's Weekend Unknown Uncredited
Wives and Obscurities Silvana
The Adventures of Arsène Lupin 1957 Mathilde Duchamp
La donna che venne dal mare Danae Niebel
Le Miroir à deux faces 1958 Ariane
Toto in the Moon Tatiana
Herod the Great 1959 Sarah
Vite perdute Giulia
Witness in the City Liliane
Way of Youth Olga
General Della Rovere Olga, la poule
The Green Mare Marguerite Maloret
Classe Tous Risques 1960 Liliane
Adua and Her Friends Lolita Nominated – Nastro d'Argento for the Best Supporting Actress
Gli scontenti 1961 Countess Luce
Ghosts of Rome Flora Di Roviano
Vanina Vanini Vanina Vanini
The Shortest Day 1962 Heiress Cameo appearance
1963 Carla Winner – Academy Awards for Best International Film
Winner – Academy Awards for Best Costume Design
Winner – Nastro d'Argento for the Best Supporting Actress
Méfiez-vous, mesdames Henriette
La visita Pina Nominated – Nastro d'Argento for the Best Lead Actress
Shivers in Summer Yvonne
White Voices 1964 Carolina
Amori pericolosi Generale's lover Segment "Il Generale"
Relax Darling Helene Faustin
Male Companion Maria
Beautiful Families Esmeralda
La donna è una cosa meravigliosa Rossella Minardi Segment "Una donna dolce dolce"
Juliet of the Spirits 1965 Susy/Iris/ Fanny Winner – Nastro d'Argento for the Best Supporting Actress
Weekend, Italian Style Giuliana Marletti
How I Learned to Love Women 1966 Ilde
The Strange Night 1967 Debora
Per amore... per magia... Algisa
Bang Bang Kid Gwenda Skaggel
Trusting Is Good... Shooting Is Better 1968 Liz
Ciao, Federico! 1970 Herself Documentary film
Riavanti... Marsch! 1979 Zaira Bergamelli
Tesoro mio Solange
Grog 1982 Vittoria
"FF.SS." - Cioè: "...che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?" 1983 Herself Cameo appearance
Cinderella '80 1984 Marianne
Remake 1987 Herself Documentary film
Camerieri 1995 Salvatore's mistress
Il cuore altrove 2003 Arabella
L'ultima sequenza Herself Documentary film
La perfezionista 2007 Herself Cameo appearance
Chi nasce tondo... 2008 Anna Tre Culi
Sleepless 2009 Olga's mother
Impotenti esistenziali Aunt Elisabetta
W Zappatore Grandma Zappatore
Flaiano - Il meglio è passato 2010 Herself Documentary film
Happy Family Ezio's mother
Alta infedeltà Client Cameo appearance
Piazza Fellini 2011 The Painter Short film
Baci salati 2012 Countess Motta
Impepata di nozze Michele's mother
Una notte agli studios 2013 Sales woman Cameo appearance
Con tutto l'amore che ho 2014 Granny
Prima di lunedì 2016 Chanel
The Veil of Maya 2017 Marta
Felicissime condoglianze Grandma
There's No Place Like Home 2018 Maria
Un nemico che ti vuole bene Antonietta
Le mani sulle macerie 2019 Demetria
Eclissi Actress Short film
Free - Liberi 2020 Mirna
Il materiale emotivo 2021 Madame Milo


Television roles showing year released, title, role played and notes
Title Year Role Notes
Studio Uno 1966 Herself – Host Italian variety show (season 4)
Piccoli fans 1984–1989 Children's musical program (seasons 2–6)
Piccoli e grandi fans 1987–1989 Piccoli fans spinoff
Automia 1988 Variety show
L'amore è una cosa meravigliosa 1989–1990 Talk show
Cari genitori 1991–1992 Game show (season 4)
Buona Domenica 1995 Herself – Guest Episode dated 23 April 1995
Il Quizzone Herself – Contestant Game show
Ma il portiere non c'è mai? 2002 Thea Maris Main role; 12 episodes
Ritorno al presente 2005 Herself – Contestant Reality show
L'isola dei Famosi 2010 Reality show (season 7)
Io e te 2019 Herself – Co-host Talk show (season 1)
La pupa e il secchione 2020 Herself – Judge Reality show (season 3)
Drag Race Italia 2022 Herself – Judge Reality show (season 2); Episode: "Snatch Game! Tutto può succedere"[5]
Quelle brave ragazze 2022–2023 Herself Reality show


  1. ^ a b "Sandra Milo, morta a 90 anni l'attrice musa di Fellini" (in Italian). 29 January 2024. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  2. ^ Jackson, George H. (19 March 1966). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Kokomo Morning Times. Indiana, Kokomo. p. 11. Retrieved 25 August 2019 – via
  3. ^ Giordano, Lucio (13 August 2021). "Ho peccato e ho tanto sofferto, però l'amore di Dio non mi ha mai lasciato". Dipiù (in Italian). No. 32. pp. 98–101.
  4. ^ "Sandra Milo obituary: Italian actress who claimed a 17-year affair with Fellini". The Times. 13 May 2024. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Drag Race Italia 2: Sandra Milo ospite della terza puntata, da oggi su discovery+". 3 November 2022.