11 Italian Women With Smarts, Style & Success

March 1908-September 1973

A stage and film actress, Anna won the Academy Award in 1955 for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo, by Tennessee Williams.

8512px-Franca_Sozzani_2010January 1950-

Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988, Franca has been awarded several prizes for her issues covering Africa, plastic surgery and The Black Issue, which celebrated black women’s beauty.

11April 1909- December 2012

Rita was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the nervous system grows and develops.

August 1970-

Educated at UCLA and at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Giada has become a household name for her cooking show, Giada At Home, cookbooks and restaurant GIADA in Las Vegas.

2tumblr_m7zmvjr2lr1qaq9exo1_1280May 1949-

The youngest granddaughter of Prada founder, Mario Prada, Miuccia took over the family business in 1978 and has expanded it to include brands such as Jil Sander, Helmut Lang, and her own brand, Miu Miu. She was named the 75th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2014.


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