Ornella Muti Italian actress with Russian roots
Ornella Muti Italian actress with Russian roots. Beautiful Italian actress Ornella Muti was born on 9 March 1955. She was born in Rome as Francesca Romana Rivelli, to a Neapolitan father and Estonian mother. Her maternal grandparents immigrated from Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Russia, to Estonia. Muti modeled as a teenager and made her film debut in 1970 in La moglie pie bella (The Most Beautiful Wife). She worked in Italian films but her British film debut was as Princess Aura in Flash Gordon in 1980. In American movies she appeared in Oscar (1991) and Once Upon a Crime (1992). Muti was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” in 1994 by a worldwide poll of readers of the magazine Class. In 2008, Ornella Muti introduced her own line of jewellery. She opened new shops in Paris, Milan, Rome, Riga, Moscow and Almaty.