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The debate raging in Italy about Silvio Berlusconi's alleged taste for teenage girls and prostitutes has taken a surreal turn, after the country's top porn star weighed in with high praise for the prime minister. Siffredi, 46, was named by an adult film industry listing as one of the world's 50 top porn stars and is now a celebrity, appearing on Italian chat shows. He told the Observer that, if Berlusconi can avoid jail for allegedly paying a teenager for sex and pressuring the police into covering it up, he will be forgiven by Italian voters.
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Italian cinema has produced a number of amazing actresses known both for their beauty and acting talent. Silvia Donati struggled to pick only ten, but we believe all the Italian Divas mentioned below fully deserve to be part of the list as they have represented Italian talent around the world over the past decades. When she was 20, she entered the beauty competition Miss Italia, but came in only third. After appearing in a few films in Italy, film tycoon Howard Hughes invited her to Hollywood; however, she preferred to work in Europe and returned to Italy. She was nominated three times for the Golden Globe and six times for the David Di Donatello Award, resulting in as many wins. In the s, Lollobrigida took a break from acting to concentrate on another career: photography. She was noticed at age 14 during a beauty contest by film producer Carlo Ponti who launched her career and, 22 years her senior, also became her husband in , after their first marriage was annulled to spare Ponti from bigamy charges. By her late teens, Sophia was playing lead roles in many Italian films, and in began a successful career in the United States. She had a much publicized fling with her co-star Cary Grant, who was 53 at the time, while she was
No one does cinematic sex appeal quite like Italian women. Since the early s, curvaceous and effortlessly confident leads such as Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Isabella Rossellini have been burning up the big screen with a vital energy that's hard to define. In honour of Stylist 's Milan issue this week, we take a look at Italy's most seductive stars: the kind of versatile and brilliant actresses whose every move is imbibed with charisma and a careless allure The grand doyen of Italian sex appeal, Sophia Loren's particular brand of seductive charm is practically a dictionary definition.