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Serena Grandi (born on March 23, 1958 in Bologna) is an Italian actress, famous as an icon and sex symbol in Italian cinema of 1980s and 1990s. Known for her junoesque body and voluptuous measurements, she was considered one of the main pin-up girls of Italy.
Serena Grandi is the stage name for Serena Faggioli, born in Bologna. Some films credited her as Vanessa Steiger. She started her acting career in 1980 playing a supporting role in the comedy La Compagna di viaggio by Ferdinando Baldi.
In 1980, credited as Vanessa Steiger, she played the role of Maggie in the controversial film The Anthropophagous Beast, directed by Joe D`Amato. This film is well known among horror movie fans for its extreme gore sequence. After several films, she took a starring 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, appearing in sexy comedies, sword epics such as Avventure dell`incredibile Ercole and some horror films. In 1987 Lamberto Bava gave her the role of Gloria in his film, Le foto di Gioia.
In the 1990s, she started to back away from the spotlight a bit. Still, she had appearances in television series and some films. In the late part of the decade, she married Beppo Ercole. They have a son, Eduardo.
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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.
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July 1985 Italian Playboy Cover