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Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈanna moˈaːna ˈrɔːza ˈpottsi]; 27 April 1961 – 15 September 1994), best known as Moana Pozzi and Moana, was an Italian pornographic actress, actress, television personality, model, politician and writer.

Moana Pozzi
Moana politiche 1992.jpg
Pozzi in 1992
Born Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi
(1961-04-27)27 April 1961
Genoa, Italy
Died 15 September 1994(1994-09-15) (aged 33)
Lyon, France
Other names Moana, Linda Heveret, Margaux Jobert, Anna Maria Pozzi, Anna Moana Pozzi, Moanna, Moanna Pozzi
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s) Antonio Di Ciesco (m. 1992–1994, Moana's death)


Early lifeEdit

Pozzi was born in Genoa, Liguria. Her parents chose her name from a geographic map of Hawaii: it means "where the sea is deepest".[1] Her father Alfredo Pozzi was a nuclear engineer and he moved around the world with his family for work, and her mother Rosanna was a housewife. As a teen, Pozzi lived with her family in Canada, then in Brazil. At 13 years old, in 1974, Pozzi moved back to Italy with her family, where she finished secondary school. When the family had to move again to Lyon, France, she decided to start living independently in Rome around 1980, when she was 19 years old.

In Rome, Pozzi started working as a model and studied acting. Sometimes she performed in TV adverts or as a walk-on in comedy movies.[1] In (1981) she performed her first hardcore movie, Valentina, ragazza in calore (Valentina, Girl in Heat), credited as Linda Heveret. A minor scandal ensued since, at the same time the movie was in theatres, she was still working on a children's TV show, Tip Tap Club, on Rete 2. She denied being the same person, but she was suspended from TV anyway.[citation needed] This gave her her first popularity in newspapers and magazines.[citation needed] In 1985 Federico Fellini wanted her to perform in his movie Ginger and Fred.[citation needed]


In 1986, Pozzi met Riccardo Schicchi, manager of Diva Futura. Her first A-movie in hard core was Fantastica Moana, where she used her real name for the first time. She also starred in Curve Deliziose (Delicious Curves) next to Cicciolina others, the first live show in Italy where naked models would masturbate onstage.[citation needed] This caused scandal and accusations of outrageous obscenity. She became huge in the hardcore business and soon eclipsed the popularity of Cicciolina in Italy.[citation needed] (At the same time Cicciolina stopped doing porn to pursue a political career in Italian Parliament.) Pozzi's appearances on TV also caused scandal. In the show Matrjoska by Antonio Ricci, she used to appear on stage completely naked or just wrapped in a transparent plastic veil.[citation needed] Magazines and newspapers were more and more interested in her and she was often featured on covers. She was also appreciated for her distinctive intelligence, defying the cliché of the brainless pinup.[citation needed] She cultivated intellectuals, writers, and artists such as Mario Schifano or Dario Bellezza.[citation needed]

Early 1990sEdit

Pozzi was conscious of her role in show business.[citation needed] In interviews she always spoke of what she wanted to be for public opinion: sexy, sophisticated, intelligent, open-minded, worldly.[citation needed]

In 1991, Pozzi published her first book Moana's Philosophy where she listed, with marks from 4 to 9.5, twenty famous celebrities who had been her lovers. The list included actors like Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi, soccer players like Paulo Roberto Falcão and Marco Tardelli, writers like Luciano De Crescenzo.[citation needed] The name of the most famous one, the actual prime minister Bettino Craxi, who was her lover in 1981, was hidden as "the politician".[citation needed]

In 1992, Pozzi co-founded, with Hungarian Ilona Staller "Cicciolina", the Love Party of Italy, whose political program included legalization of brothels, better sex education and the creation of "love parks".[2] She ran for the mayor of Rome and received about 1 percent of the total vote.[3] No one was elected, but her popularity reached its pinnacle and the best Italian TV anchors wanted to interview her.[citation needed] Stylist Karl Lagerfeld wanted her on the catwalk in 1993. Pozzi became so popular that she was a protagonist for an animated cartoon created by the famous Italian cartoonist Mario Verger, with herself co-directing.[citation needed] This film, entitled Moanaland (1994), aired frequently on Italian television in Blob (it), and in telecasts dedicated to the actress.[citation needed] Again Verger, by himself, dedicated to Pozzi another cartoon, I Remember Moana, 1995, that gained praise by film critics Marco Giusti and Enrico Ghezzi, and was transmitted in Fuori Orario.[citation needed] It also won a Special Mention at the Erotic Film Festival in the USA.[citation needed]

Her sister Maria Tamiko "Mima" Pozzi became a porn actress, as well, with the stage name of Baby Pozzi.

Pozzi performed in about 100 porn movies, mostly in Italy, but also some in Los Angeles with Gerard Damiano as director. She sold about 1 million videotapes. She was on the covers of 50 major magazines, not including pictorials in porn magazines. She was reportedly worth more than 50 billion 1990 Italian liras, about 26 million Euros.[4]


In mid-1994, Pozzi was ill, unable to eat without vomiting, and losing weight. She took time off and travelled to India with her husband Antonio Di Ciesco and then entered a clinic in Lyon, France. She died on 15 September 1994, at the age of 33. One report stated that she died of liver cancer.[5]

On the 10th anniversary of her death (2004), new rumours resurfaced and the court of justice of Rome opened a new file to investigate.[citation needed] In December 2005, the Italian TV show Chi l'ha visto? presented for the first time the official death certificate of a Lyon cemetery, recording the exact day of the actress's death. Interviews with the family finally confirmed the circumstances. Her husband Antonio di Ciesco was also interviewed for the first time in 1995. Also shown was the unmarked grave in the "Pozzi" burial plot in Lerma, near Alessandria in Piedmont, northern Italy.

Her brother Simone revealed in February 2006, on the same TV programme, that he was actually her son. Pozzi's mother confirmed this. He wrote a book telling his story, which was published in 2006. The book discusses Pozzi's personality, her differing relations with the other members of her family (especially with her sister Mima), and the course of her illness and death.[6]

On 2 April 2007, Pozzi's husband Antonio Di Ciesco told the newspaper Il Messaggero that during her final days, Pozzi had asked him to hasten her death. He claims that he murdered her by letting air enter her IV, causing an air embolism.[7][8]


Some of Pozzi's money was donated posthumously to funding medical research on tumors.[4]

Pozzi inspired the main character of the 1999 film Guardami (Look At Me).

In 2009 a miniseries based on her life was directed by Alfredo Peyretti and starred Violante Placido in the title role.

In 2010, her former manager Riccardo Schicchi produced and directed I Segreti di Moana (The Secrets of Moana), in which the title role was played by Vittoria Risi.[9]

Because of the Italian public's familiarity with Moana and uniqueness of her name, the Walt Disney Company made the decision to release their animated film Moana as Oceania in the Italy and changed the titular character's name from Moana Waialiki to Vaiana Waialiki.[10]


Inline citationsEdit

  1. ^ a b Povoledo, Elisabetta. "The beatification of a porn star". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Moana Si Butta In Politica E S'Allea Al ' Potere Grigio', La Repubblica, 28 December 1991
  3. ^ " After Elections, Italy Is Still a Muddle", The New York Times, November 23, 1993
  4. ^ a b Marco Giusti, Moana, cit.
  5. ^ Editorial Blitz. "Moana Pozzi, 20 anni fa moriva la pornostar del mistero: la fotostoria". Blitz Quotidiano. Società Editrice Srl Multimedia. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Imberti, Nicola. "Mystery Moana". Daily IL Time srl. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Di Ciesco: "Così ho aiutato Moana a morire" - Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Vittoria Risi: "Io e Moana Pozzi"". TGCOM. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Disney changes 'Moana' title in Italy, because porn star". 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 

General referencesEdit

  • Moana Pozzi, La filosofia di Moana, Moana's Club Edizioni, Roma, 1991 (self-produced).
  • Moana Pozzi, Il sesso secondo Moana, Edizioni Moana's Club Edizioni, Roma, 1992 (self-produced).
  • Noa Bonetti, Un'amica di nome Moana. Confidenze a cuore aperto di un'indimenticabile star a luci rosse, Sperling & Kupfer Editori, Milano, 1994, ISBN 88-200-2061-0.
  • Brunetto Fantauzzi, La pornoViva, il terribile segreto di Moana, Flash Edizioni, Roma 1995.
  • Patrizia D'Agostino – Antoni Tentori – Alda Teodorani, Pornodive, Castelvecchi Editore, Roma, 1995, ISBN 88-8210-019-7.
  • Andrea Di Quarto – Michele Giordano, Moana e le altre. Vent'anni di cinema porno in Italia, Gremese Editore, 1997, ISBN 88-7742-067-7.
  • Tommaso Trini, Moana. Ultimo mito, Prearo Editore, Roma, 2003, ISBN 88-7348-032-2.
  • Ermanno Krumm, Mimmo Rotella – Moana ultimo mito, Prearo Editore, Roma, 2003.
  • Marco Giusti, Moana, Mondadori Editore, Milano, 2004, ISBN 88-04-53306-4.
  • Brunetto Fantauzzi, E... viva Moana, giallo politico! Chi ha ucciso la pornodiva del potere, 2005.
  • Francesca Parravicini, Moana, tutta la verità, Aliberti Editore, Reggio Emilia, 2006, ISBN 88-7424-134-8.
  • Brunetto Fantauzzi, Moana. La spia nel letto del potere, Edizioni Nuove Srl, 2006.
  • Brunetto Fantauzzi, Moana. Mistero per sempre, Edizioni Nuove Srl, 2007.

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