Sandra Milo

  • Born: (Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia [now Tunisia])

Sandra Milo, pseudonym of Salvatrice Elena Greco, is an Italian actress. She won a Silver Ribbon best supporting actress award for each of her roles in Federico Fellini's 8½ and Juliet of the Spirits.

She 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.

Her stormy love life, her fifteen-year marriage with the Marquis Cesare Rodighiero in 1948 (lasting 21 days), the eleven-year relationship with Moris Ergas (from which Deborah, a television journalist was born) and a subsequent union with Ottavio De Lollis ( with the birth of Ciro and then Azzurra) they put her film activity into the background, which she definitively interrupted in favor of the family. Interviewed by Diva and woman, she told of the recovery of the third-born Maria Azzurra, born prematurely in the seventh month of gestation. The Catholic Church recognized the authenticity of the miracle during the beatification process of Sister Maria Pia Mastena, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Face.

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 8½. 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.

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