Edwige Fenech (born Edwige Sfenek; 24 December 1948) is a French-born Italian actress and film producer.
Fenech moved from Nice to Rome in 1967 for her first Italian film Samoa, regina della giungla by Guido Malatesta.In 1968, she came under contract with Austrian director Franz Antel and from the late 1960s to early 1970s, she acted in various films of Antel (including his acclaimed Frau Wirtin series) as well as Franz Marischka’s.
Fenech starred in many genres of cinema but her greatest commercial success came with commedia sexy all’italiana films, particulary including earlier works Ubalda, All Naked and Warm and Giovannona Long-Thigh, as well as the following l’insegnante (school teacher), la soldatessa (soldier), la poliziotta (policewoman) series and other films that featured Fenech in stereotypical professions, which further bolstered Fenech’s position as the most popular actress of the genre. She often paired with Carlo Giuffrè and later with Renzo Montagnani in commedia sexy films.
Fenech was also a regular in giallo films. Her works in this genre include Five Dolls for an August Moon, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, All the Colors of the Dark, The Case of the Bloody Iris, and Nude per l’assassino.
In the 1980s, she became a television personality, typically appearing with Barbara Bouchet on a chat show on Italian television.
After many years of work in movie production, she produced, among others, The Merchant of Venice (2004) with Al Pacino, and Fenech accepted Quentin Tarantino’s offer to star in another movie, Hostel: Part II.
Fenech was born in Bône, Constantine, France (now Annaba, Annaba Province in Algeria) to a Maltese father and Sicilian mother. In the mid-1990s, she was engaged to the well-known Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo. Her son Edwin, born from her relationship with Fabio Testi in 1971, has worked at her production company.