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Spotlight on... Serena Grandi

Posted by Rare DVD on June 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Serena Grandi was 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 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 a superstar in her native Italy.

Also in 1985 Serena played Simona in La Signora della Notte (Lady of the Night). Simona is a leotard-wearing aerobics instructor who is tired of her marriage to Mario. She has a few, dangerous sexual liaisons. Her husband find outs and has an affair in retaliation. Simona decides to move on in her life and away from her marriage. She sees a gynecologist in the hopes of having a child. After a brutal and unwanted assault, Simona becomes dissatisfied with this new life and returns to the life she originally turned away from.

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 1998 she made one of her last movies, Monella (Frivolous Lola). This film is a renewal of her formerly successful partnership with Tinto Brass. She plays Zaira, Lola's mother. This film focuses on young Lola and her fiance Masseto, who have differing views on premarital sex. Lola eventually falls into a relationship with Zaira's boyfriend, who is also a pornographer.

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