Ornella Muti modeled as a teenager and made her film debut in 1970 in the Italian film The Most Beautiful Wife and has since primarily worked in Italian cinema. She made her British film debut as 'Princess Aura' in Flash Gordon in 1980, also starring Timothy Dalton and Max von Sydow. American movies she has since appeared in include Oscar by Joe Landis and starring Sylvester Stallone, and Eugene Levy's Once Upon A Crime starring James Belushi and Cybill Shepherd. She has been nominated for several European film awards, and gone on to win Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her role in Private Code in 1988. Her films include The House Of The Doves, Leonor, Marco Ferreri's The Last Woman and Tales Of Ordinary Madness, And Agnes Chose To Die, Viva Italia!, The Taming Of The Scoundrel, Life Is Beautiful, James Toback's Love & Money, Swann In Love, The Future Is Woman, Franco Rosi's Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, Wait Until Spring, Bandini, John Landis' Oscar, Stella's Favor, Les Bronzes 3 and Postcards From Rome, among many others.