is the stage name of Isabella Fogliazza
, an Italian actress of television, theatre and the cinema. She is best known as the protagonist, Commissioner Giovanna Scalise
in the police drama series Distretto di Polizia
(Police District) and Distretto di Polizia 2
(Police District 2) which was televised on Mediaset
Mediaset S.p.A., known as Gruppo Mediaset in Italian, is an Italian-based media company which is the largest commercial broadcaster in the country...
's Canale 5
Canale 5 is an Italian private television network of Mediaset, the media branch of Fininvest. Canale 5 was the first private television network to have a national coverage in Italy in 1980, based on a local channel, TeleMilano 58, founded in 1978....
from 2000 to 2001. At the 1995 Venice Film Festival
The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest international film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica", the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the...
she won a Volpi Cup
The Volpi Cups are the principal awards given to actors at the Venice Film Festival. Formal acting awards were introduced in the second festival . Initially they were called Great Gold Medals of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment. The name Volpi Cup was introduced the following year...
award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Romanzo di un giovane povero
Ferrari was born Isabella Fogliazza in Ponte dell'Olio
Ponte dell'Olio is a comune in the Province of Piacenza in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 22 km south of Piacenza, about 85 k. south of Milan and about 160 km northwest of Bologna...
, Province of Piacenza
The Province of Piacenza is a province in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Piacenza.The province has 273,689 inhabitants . Its total area is 2,589 km². There are 48 comuni in the province, see Comuni of the Province of Piacenza...
Emilia–Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna. The capital is Bologna; it has an area of and about 4.4 million inhabitants....
. At the age of 16 she was elected Miss Teenager
in a contest held in a discoteque. She made her acting debut at the age of 17 as Selvaggia
in the Carlo Vanzini comedy Sapore di mare
in 1982; she also performed in the film's sequel Sapore di mare 2- un anno dopo
. Since then she has regularly performed in films, television and the theatre. She is best known to the Italian audience as Police Commissioner Giovanna Scalise, the protagonist in the first two seasons of the police drama series Distretto di Polizia
At the 1995 Venice Film Festival, Ferrari won a Volpi Cup
for Best Supporting Actress in the Ettore Scola
film Romanzo di un giovane povero
in which she played the part of Andreina
Ferrari lives in Rome
Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2.7 million residents in . The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.Rome's history spans two and a half...
, and is the mother of three children. Her eldest daughter, Teresa, who was born in 1995, is by her first husband, Massimo Osti; and her younger daughter, Nina (b.1998), and son, Giovanni (b.2001) are by her second husband, director Renato De Maria.
- Sapore di mare, (1982)
- Sapore di mare 2- un anno dopo, (1983)
- Il ras del quartiere, (1983)
- Domani mi sposo, (1984)
- Giochi d'estate, (1984)
- Chewingum, (1984)
- Le bon roi Dagobert
Le Bon Roi Dagobert is a 1984 French-Italian film directed by Dino Risi.-Cast and roles:* Coluche - Dagobert I* Michel Serrault - Otarius* Ugo Tognazzi - Pope Honorius and his look-alike* Carole Bouquet - Héméré...
- Fracchia contro Dracula, (1985)
- Il ragazzo del pony express, (1986)
- Professione vacanze, television (1986)
- Appuntamento a Liverpool, (1988)
- Willy Signore e vengo lontano, (1990)
- Malheureuse, (1991)
- Oostende, (1991)
- Gangsters, (1992)
- Allulo drom, (1992)
- nessuno mo crede, (1992)
- 80mq, (1993)
- Un nome à la mer, television (1993)
- Impasse meurtrière, (1994)
- Romanzo di un giovane povero, (1995)
- Danza delle fata confetto, (1996)
- Escoriandoli, (1996)
- Cronaca di un amore violate, (1996)
- Hotel paura, (1996)
- K. (1997)
- Mare largo, (1998)
- Vite in sospeso, (1998)
- Provincia segreta, television (1998)
- Nicholas' Gift
Nichola's Gift is a 1998 television film directed by Robert Markowitz. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Bates. Curtis was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance.-Cast:*Jamie Lee Curtis as Maggie Green*Alan Bates as Reg Green...
, television (1998)
- Dolce fa niente, (1998)
- La vita cambia, television (2000)
- Sospetti, television (2000)
- La lingue del santo, (2000)
- Distretto di Polizia, television (2000)
- Distretto di Polizia 2, television (2001)
- Doppio agguato, television (2003)
- Cuore contro cuore, television (2004)
- Amalemi, (2005)
- L'anniversaire, (2005)
- Arrivederci amore, ciao, (2006)
- Il vizio dell'amore, television (2006)
- Saturno contro, (2007)
- Liberi di giocare, television (2007)
- Caos calmo, (2008)
- Un giorno perfetto, (2008)
- Il seme della discordia
Il seme della discordia is a Golden Lion-nominated 2008 Italian film.The film is a modernisation of Heinrich von Kleist's novel The Marquise of O.- Plot :...
- Due partite, (2009)
- Nel bianco, television (2009)