Athina Cenci

Athina Cenci (born 13 March 1946), is a Greek-born Italian former actress, stand-up comedian and politician.

Athina Cenci
Athina Cenci in the movie Yuppies 2 (1986)
Born (1946-03-13) 13 March 1946 (age 75)
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Kos, Greece, Cenci was co-founder and member, together with Francesco Nuti and Alessandro Benvenuti, of the comedy ensamble "GianCattivi" with whom she achieved her first successes on stage and on television.[1][2] She made her film debut with GianCattivi in West of Paperino (1982), then, after the group split, she started a successful solo career winning two David di Donatello Awards for best supporting actress for her performances in Mario Monicelli's Let's Hope It's a Girl and Carlo Verdone's Compagni di scuola.[1][2][3] She later also worked with other notable directors, including Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and Ettore Scola, and was active on stage and on television, in TV-series and variety shows.[1] In 1999 Cenci was elected with the Democrats of the Left in the city council of Florence.[2] In 2001 she suffered a stroke that forced her to interrupt her artistic and political activities for many years.[2] She reappeared in public in 2014 and the year after returned on stage as protagonist.


  1. ^ a b c Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano, Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. ^ a b c d Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 9788831795999.
  3. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.

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