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Ilona Staller (complete name Anna Ilona Staller or Italianized as Anna Elena Staller, 26 November 1951), also known by her stage name Cicciolina, is a Hungarian-born Italian porn-star and occasional singer, turned politician and the first hardcore performer in the world to be elected to a democratic parliament.
Anna Ilona, was born in Budapest, Hungary; her stepfather was an official in the Ministry of the Interior, her mother a midwife. In 1964, she began working for the Hungarian modelling agency, M.T.I. According to her memoirs, she lost her virginity at sixteen with a black university student. (Staller's memoirs were not known to have been translated into English as of early December of 2007.) In her memoirs and in a 1999 TV interview, she claimed that she had provided Hungarian authorities with information on American diplomats staying at a Budapest luxury hotel where she worked as a maid in the late-1960s.
Naturalized by marriage and settled in Italy, she met pornographer Riccardo Schicchi in early-1970s and beginning in 1973, achieved fame with a radio show called "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" (French for "Do You Want to Sleep with Me?") on Radio Luna. For that programme, she adopted the name "La Cicciolina," which translates from the Italian as "The Little Fleshy One." (She then moved to other variants, calling her fans "Cicciolini," her teddybear "Cicciolino," and the like.) Although she appeared in several films from 1970, she made her debut under her own name in 1975 with La liceale, whose U.S. title was The Teasers, playing Monica, a lesbian classmate of Gloria Guida. In 1978, on the RAI show "C'era due Volte" her breasts were the first to be seen bared on Italian TV.
Her memoirs were published as Confessioni erotiche di Cicciolina by the Olympia Press of Milan in 1987. The same year, she appeared in Carne bollente, called The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empress in the US, co-starring John Holmes. The film would later become a topic of debate when it was revealed that, apparently, Holmes had tested positive for HIV. He eventually died of complications of the disease. 'Cicciolina' starred in her last porn film in 1992.
Staller married American sculptor Jeff Koons in 1991. Koons produced sculptures and paintings of the couple having sex, which were exhibited under the title "Made In Heaven." The marriage broke up in 1992, and their son Ludwig was born shortly afterwards. Staller left the US with the child, and a lengthy custody battle ensued. Koons won custody in 1998 but Ludwig remains with Staller in Italy. In 2008 Staller filed suit against Koons for failing to pay child support.
In addition to posing for Jeff Koons, Staller has posed nude as a Playboy Magazine model in diffent countries's editions. Her first appearance in such a magazine was in Argentina in March of 1988; she posed again in this country in September of 1990. Other appearances for the magazine were in Hungary (June 1, 2005), Serbia (July 1, 2005) and in the September, 2005 issue of Mexican Playboy Magazine.
In 1994, she appeared in the cult film Replikator, and in 1996, she had a role in the acclaimed Brazilian telenovela Xica da Silva. In 2008 she was a contestant on the Argentinean version of "Dancing with the Stars", named "Bailando por un sueño". She retired after reportedly breaking a rib in rehearsals.
In 1979, Staller was presented as candidate to the Italian Parliament from the "Lista del Sole," Italy's first Green Party. In 1985, she switched to the Partito Radicale, campaigning against nuclear energy and NATO membership, for human rights, and against world hunger. She was elected to the Italian parliament in 1987, with 20,000 votes, representing the Lazio district of Rome. In that election, she received the second highest number of votes among Radical Party candidates--only party leader Marco Pannella received more--but she was not reelected at the end of her term. In 1991, Staller was among the founders of the political movement Partito dell'Amore, spearheaded by her friend and partner Moana Pozzi.
She continues to be active in politics, advocating a safe future without nuclear energy and with absolute sexual freedom, including the right to sex in prisons. She is against all forms of violence, the death penalty, and the use of animals for fur or scientific experimentation. She is for the decriminalisation of drugs, against censorship of any kind, in favour of sex education in schools, and for objective information about AIDS. She has proposed a tax on automobiles to reduce the damages of smog and fund the defence of nature.
In January 2002, she began exploring the possibility of campaigning in Hungary, where she was born, to represent Budapest's industrial Kőbánya district in the Hungarian parliament. But she failed to collect enough petition signatures for a non-partisan candidacy. In the same year, she ran in local elections in Monza, Italy, promising to convert a prominent building into a gambling casino, but she attracted few votes. In 2004, she announced that she would run for mayor of Milan in 2006 with a similar promise.
During her career, Staller has recorded several songs, mostly from her live performances. The songs almost always deal with sex, because her aim is to bring pornography into music as well. The result is generally more comic than erotic, with explicit lyrics being sung to a childish melody. Her most famous song is Muscolo rosso, a song entirely dedicated to il cazzo, which means "the prick" in Italian. Because of its extensive use of swearwords, she could never release it in Italy, but it became a hit in other countries, especially in France, where the French did not grasp the meaning of the lyrics. The song gained considerable popularity in the Internet era, when many Italian speakers were able to hear it for the first time. She has released recordings in many countries, reflecting her world-wide popularity, and her records are top collectors's items. Collection of her vinyls is high, thanks to nude covers and the fact that she has become a gay icon.
Currently, Cicciolina is participating in the Argentinian dance contest "Bailando por un Sueño" in the famous TV programme hosted by Marcelo Tinelli on channel 13 Buenos Aires.
1979 Ilona Staller (RCA PL 31442) published at least in Italy and Colombia (Colombian record has titles in Spanish). Also music tape exists.
I was made for dancing / Pane Marmellata e Me / Labbra / Benihana / Lascia l’ultimo ballo per me / Cavallina Cavallo (by Ennio Morricone) / It’s all up to you / Professor of Percussions / Più su sempre più su
1987 Muscolo Rosso (BOY RECORDS) published in Spain only.
Russians / Inno (Come un angelo) / Satisfaction / Telefono Rosso (Avec Toi) / Balck Sado / Goccioline (Bambole) / Perversion / Animal Rock / Nirvana / Muscolo Rosso / Muscolo Rosso (reprise)
1988 Sonhos Eróticos printed in Brazil only (ALL DISC 00.101.009, also music tape 00.107.009). Basically a reprint of the English long playing Erotic dreams adding the two Cicciolina's songs Muscolo Rosso and Avec toi. The other songs are performed by Erotic Dreams Band, maybe some Cicciolina's speeches are used in La prima volta song. Cover is dedicated to Cicciolina only instead.
Muscolo Rosso / Emmanuelle / Bilitis / Le Réve / La Prima Volta / I feel love / Je t’aime... moi non plus / Histoire d’O / Les Femmes / Black Emmanuelle / Love to love you bay / Avec Toi
1994 Sonhos Eróticos (Brazil only, All Disc RQ 032) Reprint of 1988 LP with a new layout of the cover, with background from brown to pink and violet.
2000 Ilona Staller (Cd, in United Kingdom only, Sequel Records/Caste Music NEMCD398) Reprint on CD of 1979 Lp, plus the two extended tracks of the red vinyl mix.
1976 Voulez vous coucher avec moi? (Italy only, with neither serial number nor cover, on the vinyl it is written "Nuovo Playore 1° Radio Rete 4 D.R." only) from the same named radio programme on Radio Luna station by Riccardo Schicchi where the nickname Cicciolina was born.
1979 I was made for dancing /Più su sempre su su (Italy only, RCA PB 6323)
1979 Cavallina Cavallo / Più su sempre più su (Japan only, RCA SS 3205)
1980 Buone Vacanze / Ti amo uomo (Italy only, RCA BB 6449)
1981 Ska Skatenati / Disco Smack (Italy only, LUPUS LUN 4917)
1987 Muscolo Rosso / Avec Toi (SFC 17117-7) symbolo the Italian Radical Party on the cover. The record was published in France and limitedly in other European countries.
1987 Muscolo Rosso / Russians (Spain only, BOY-028-PRO) promo for journalist, no cover, a cicciolina presentation enclosed in..
12" mix e picture disk
1979 I was made for dancing (extended vers.) / Save the last dance for me (English original version of Lascia l’ultimo ballo per me) (Italy only, RCA PD 6327, red vinyl mix without cover, promo for Djs).
1987 Muscolo Rosso / Russians (Spain only, BOY-028) versions are not extended, the same as 7".
1989 San Francisco Dance / Living in my Paradise / My Sexy Shop (Acv 5472) Picture disk, limited edition published in Europe, together with the colleague Moana Pozzi's one.
1979 Dedicato al Mar Egeo, LP sound track by Ennio Morricone published in Japan only; though she does not sing, she is portrayed naked on the inlay and back-cover. Two songs from here she will record the same year (Cavallina a cavallo and Mar Egeo). The Lp exists in 2 versions, one with Japanese titles, the other with Italian titles. Also CD version exists.
1979 Aquarium sounds, Lp of an Italian TV programme, she sings in Elena Tip track.
1990 Touched by the Hand of Cicciolina, single by Pop Will Eat Itself from the United Kingdom; though she does not sing, she is portrayed on the cover and appears in the promotional video. Some copies contain petition forms demanding that Cicciolina be allowed to present the 1990 FIFA World Cup to the winning team.
published in Europe, together with the colleague Moana Pozzi's one.
Pop culture influence
1993 Cicciolina, from the Love 15 LP, by rock band Majesty Crush published in USA Front man David Stroughter's often strange and obsessive lyrics are stalker-like. On this record he focuses on Cicciolina's celebrity and sexual legend.
Many unedited songs were records both during RCA period, both during the Diva Futura agency period. These unreleased songs were mostly used during her TV shows, live performances and adult movies.
Filippucci, Giovanni Romanini & Ubaldi: Les aventures de Cicciolina (Média 1000, France 1989): Graphic novel about her life.
Ilona Staller & Riccardo Schicchi: Cicciolina (Taschen, 1992) ISBN 3-8228-9761-2: Large-format Italian, German, English and French language album
Nicolas Barbano: Verdens 25 hotteste pornostjerner (Rosinante, Denmark 1999) ISBN 87-7357-961-0: Features a chapter on her.
1. ^ Tod Hunter (2008-03-27). "Cicciolina Sues Ex-Husband Koons for Child Support". xbiz.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-27.
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