Celebrating Italian Sex Kitten Serena Grandi!
All year long, I will be celebrating some of cult cinema’s great sex kittens…and so many hail from Italy – so for this “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown”, let’s look at Italian Actress Serena Grandi’s terrific career!
Serena Grandi was born in Bologna Italy, and was one of Italy’s greatest sex symbols of the 1980s and 1990s. Known for her voluptuous shape, she was considered one of the main pin-up girls of Italy during that time.
But you’ll never guess how she got her start!
She Began As A Computer Programmer!
That’s right, she was much more than a pretty face – Serena studied Computer Programming and worked in a scientific analysis laboratory after college!
Luckily for us, movies called her name and she responded in 1980, appearing in the Italian comedy “La Compagna di Viaggio”.”
That same year she appeared in the controversial shocker “Antropophagus”, directed by Joe D’Amato!
The film was released under various titles as you will see from this trailer:
She appeared under the name Vanessa Steiger in the film, but fame was just around the corner when she took the title role in Tinto Brass’ “Miranda”, which made her an international sex symbol!
Serena’s Star-Making Turn As “Miranda!”
This 1985 sex comedy from controversial Director Tinto Brass gave Grandi a chance to shine!
Here is the trailer:
In this erotic comedy, Miranda is the landlady of a small country tavern who is looking for a husband, and tries out a variety of men for size.
Serena became a hugely popular sex kitten – she was always willing to bare all for a role:
Next up, Serena bared all again in the provocative 1986 Italian film “Desiderando Giulia”:
films like these were being released around the world in “uncut” versions as VHS became popular:
The same year she appeared in the provocative thriller “Lady Of The Night” – check out the trailer:
The film has a very provocative story:
Serena plays Angelina, who is tired of serious relationships. then one day she is brutally raped – and she changes dramatically.
Suddenly she is getting involved in more and more dangerous relations with unknown men until her behavior leads to a fatal crime.
As her popularity grew, Grandi continued to be a hugely popular pinup model:
Serena also appeared on the cover of many movie magazines, and was a popular subject in the press…featured prominently for all the reasons you can imagine:
In 1987, legendary Horror Director Lamberto Bava gave her the role of Gloria in his film “Delirium.”
Check out this trailer:
This thriller kept her in the public eye, but storm clouds were on her career horizon:
Grandi’s career from this point on took some strange twists and turns. She cut back on her film work but continued to appear on TV, and was still a popular figure in the press.
Serena’s House Arrest!
In 2003, the Actress was arrested in the context of an investigation for drug trafficking and was accused of possession and trafficking of cocaine. She was acquitted prior to the beginning of the trial, but admitted the purchase of drugs in small amounts for personal use.
This led to her spending 157 days under house arrest…
Grandi published her first novel, “L’amante del federal” in 2006, and two years later, after a break of ten years, she returned to acting.
In 2017 Grandi competed in “Grande Fratello VIP”, the Italian version of “Celebrity Big Brother.”
One year later, a hotel accused her of not paying a bill, and that case is still ongoing.
She never slows down – and controversy seems to follow her as well!
She’s just one of a number of wild Italian Sex Kittens!
Debora Caprioglio was one of Italy’s great sex symbols, and she ALSO worked with Director Tinto Brass on one of his most provocative films!
You can see much more of Debora’s revealing career by clicking on my story here:
Of course, Tinto Brass also made THIS FILM:
How did he manage to get such an A-List cast to be in an X-rated film? Find out by clicking on my story here:
One of the most beautiful women too appear in that film had a mysterious “post Caligula” life and death:
Susanne Saxon appeared in the film and was also part of the “re-shoots” for the film…see her story here:
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