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ASIA ARGENTO(Yelena) was born into a family of Italian actors and moviemakers, the daughter of famed film director Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi, and is one of the most sought-after international actresses. She has starred in three films for her father: Trauma (filmed in the U.S.), The Stendhal Syndrome and The Phantom of the Opera.

Argento made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citi's Sogni e bisagni (1985). In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film Zoo and was part of the cast of The Church, directed by Michele Soavi. The following year she played Nanni Moretti's daughter in Palombella rossa, also written by Moretti.

It was with Le amiche del cuore, written and directed by Michele Placido, that Argento's career really took off, allowing her to move on from playing very young girls to more mature, complex roles. In Trauma she played an anorexic girl in search of her parents' killer.

Argento's absorbed, intense style of acting was well-used in Giuseppe Piccioni's Condonnato a nozze (1992). In 1993 she co-starred in Carlo Verdone's Perdiamoci di vista in which she played Arianna, a physically disabled girl, an intricate, difficult role which won her the David di Donatello for Best Actress (‘93-'94). She also had a featured role in the international cast of Queen Margot, directed by Patrice Chereau (1993).

In 1995 she worked with Michel Piccoli in Peter del Monte's Compagna di Viaggio, which again won her a David di Donatello and a Grolla d'oro. Also in 1995 she played a role in Giuseppe Piccioni's Il cielo e sempre piu blu.

In 1994, Argento turned her hand to directing two short films: Prospettive (an episode of the film De-generazione) and A ritroso. In 1996 she directed a documentary on her father and in 1998 one on Abel Ferrara, Abel/Asia, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award.

In 1997 she made three films: Michael Radford's English language B. Monkey, filmed in Great Britain; Abel Ferrara's New Rose Hotel, filmed in the U.S.; and Giovanni Veronesi's Viola bacia tutti, which was a huge commercial hit in Italy.

In 1999 she directed the video La tua lingua sul mio cuore, a documentary called La scomparsa and three videos called Loredasia for the famous Italian singer Loredana Berte. The same year, she made her debut directing a feature film entitled Scarlet Diva, for which she was the leading actress and author of the screenplay. Scarlet Diva was released in Italy and internationally in May 2000.

Also in 2000, Argento played the role of Eponine in the epic miniseries version of Les Miserables, directed by Josee Dayan and starring Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich, as well as Antoine de Canes' feature Les Morsures del l'aube.

In 2001, she starred in the film Ginostra, directed by Manuel Pradal. She was also the special guest for the famous Italian broadcast 125 millioni di cazzote, conducted by Adriano Celentano. Most recently, she starred in the film La siren rouge, directed by Olivier Megaton.

Asia Argento is also the author of a number of short stories published in such prestigious magazines as Dynamo, L'Espresso, Sette, Village and Max. Her first novel, I Love You Kirk, was published by Frassinelli Editrice in October 1999.

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