Edwige Fenech (born December 24, 1948 as Edwige Sfenek in Bône, (now Annaba) in French Algeria is a French-born Italian actress and film producer.From the late 1960s to early 1980s, Fenech starred in many types of European movies. She is best known for her Commedia sexy all'italiana films, and began to work in that field in the late 1960s with Austrian director Franz Antel. Her films include Sex with a Smile, Ubalda, All Naked and Warm, and Giovannona Long-Thigh.
Fenech was also a regular in giallo films: Mario Bava's 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. Three of these were directed by Sergio Martino.In the 1980s, she became a television personality, typically appearing with Barbara Bouchet on a chat show on Italian television. In the mid-1990s, she was engaged to the well-known Italian industrialist Luca di Montezemolo.After many years of work in movie production (she produced, among others, The Merchant of Venice, 2004, with Al Pacino), Fenech accepted Quentin Tarantino's offer to star in another movie, Hostel: Part II (2007), directed by Eli Roth. A British general named Ed Fenech (played by Mike Myers) is a character in Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.
She demonstrated her exceptional range and skill as an actress with enjoyably uninhibited performances in such amusingly bawdy Italian comedic romps as Quel gran pezzo della Ubalda tutta nuda e tutta calda (1972) and L'insegnante (1975). Edwige became a television personality in the 1980s and made frequent appearances on an Italian chat show along with fellow giallo goddess Barbara Bouchet. Moreover, Fenech launched her own fashion line and founded her own film production company, Immagine e Cinema S.r.l., with her son Edwin Fenech (she co-produced the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice (2004) as well as various Italian TV mini-series and made-for-TV features).In the mid-1990s Edwige was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. She made a welcome return to acting with a small but funny part as an alluring art class professor in Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II (2007).Her father was Maltese, and her mother was an Italian from Tunisia.Founder of Immagine e Cinema S.r.l. (Rome, Italy) - a movie production company.In the mid-'90s she was engaged to famous Italian industrialist Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who was president of Ferrari, chief of the organization of the 1990 Football World Cup in Italy and, since May 2004, president of the FIAT Group.Began her career as a photo model.
Mother of Edwin Fenech.She has an entry in Jean Tulard's Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs, published in Paris in 2007