Cicciolina is a woman who was able to combine seemingly incompatible things, namely her reputation as one of the most outspoken stars of the porn industry and a successful career in politics. Cicciolina’s fame came not so much from her porn movies as from her flamboyant life in general, full of extremes, condemnation by some and admiration by others.
Growing up in Hungary and moving to Italy
Ilona Staller, born on November 26th 1951, spent her childhood and youth in Budapest, Hungary. Already at the age of 13 she started attending classes at a modeling agency, and later got a job as a waitress in one of the city’s prestigious hotels. Diplomats from the United States were frequent visitors to the hotel, and during her work Ilona, by her own admission, was engaged in gathering intelligence for the Hungarian intelligence services. After her marriage, she moves to Italy and soon receives Italian citizenship. It was in Italy that Ilona Staller had her fateful acquaintance with the pornographic film director Riccardo Schicchi, who had already made quite a name for himself with his steady popularity.
Filming in adult films Cicciolina began long before she came to fame. In the beginning of its appearance on the set was not too noticeable, it was often lost among the other actresses, not attracting strong attention from the audience. The first prominent role, after which her fame in the porn industry began to steadily increase, was the role in the film “Lycee Girl. One of the most explicit films, not only in the career of Cicciolina, but in general for the whole world at that time was the tape “Red Phone”. After that, the porn actress became really famous.
In his work Cicciolina was not limited to starring in porno films. In the late 80’s came out a book of her memoirs, which sold quite well. By that time the actress had less frequent visits to the set, and the last film of her participation was released in 1992.
Second marriage and future career
In 1991, Ilona Staller got married for the second time. Her second husband was the sculptor from America, Jeff Koons, with whom Cicciolina apparently broke out a special passion, as a favorite subject of the sculptures that he sculpted Koons at the time, were various sex scenes with him and his new wife. But such a tumultuous marriage did not last long, and a year later Cicciolina left the United States and returned to Italy. Already divorced from Jeff Koons, she gave birth to a child for whom there have been lengthy court proceedings for custody. Koons was awarded custody of the child, but still the son ended up staying with his mother.
Cicciolina’s career as an actress has already continued on the set of serious feature films. In particular, she is known for her participation in the famous film “Replicator”. Her shooting for “Playboy” was also successful, on the pages of which she appeared several times.
Success in the political arena
Ilona Staller became interested in politics in the late 1970s. She was sympathetic to the first “Green Party” in Italy, from which she was even elected as the main candidate. In general, political views Cicciolina found a great resonance in the hearts of voters, because its position was extremely peaceful. The actress has been a staunch opponent of the war in the Persian Gulf, once even stating that she was ready to sleep with Hussein himself so that his land has finally come to peace.
Due to her popularity as an actress and active civic and political position, Cicciolina enjoyed the support of the voters, thanks to which in 1987 she became a member of the Italian Parliament. During her tenure, she continued to advocate for peace, the fight against hunger, and the sensible use of natural resources. Nevertheless, she did not manage to hold an important office for a second term.
Cicciolina’s views on the state of world politics and humanity in general were very critical. She was against the use of atomic energy, rightly believing that the nuclear potential of many nations is a serious threat to peace and life in general on the planet. She was also very concerned about the phenomenon of terrorism, and in one of her speeches, as with Hussein, she offered Osama bin Laden sex for peace.
Environmental organizations were in solidarity with Cicciolina’s statements about the necessity of imposing substantial taxes on cars that emit exhaust fumes into the atmosphere. She was also concerned about the problems and shortcomings in the current health care system. She advocated detailed information about AIDS. Her frequent proposals to legalize drugs provoked mixed reactions from both her supporters and detractors.
Ilona Staller was also known as a singer, with all of her compositions filled with pornographic content. She repeatedly said that her goal in music was to add sexuality and frankness to it. I must say that Cicciolina’s records were very much in demand and sold out from the shelves of music stores almost instantly. The bright and frank image of the performer herself, her rich past as a star of adult films and erotic photos on the covers of records mainly contributed to this. Nowadays, the records with Cicciolina’s songs are kept in many private collections, it is quite difficult to get them today.
Cicciolina is notable for her active political stance even now, and interest in her from the press still does not cool down. She still stands for full sexual freedom for everyone, for refusal of nuclear power, for equality and active struggle against pollution of the planet.