Daniela Bianchi is the only child of an Italian Army
Colonel. She studied ballet before becoming Miss Rome in
1960. Bianchi came second in the Miss Universe competition
that year, winning the title "Miss Photogenic".
She made the move into modelling with an assignment in Moscow
and subsequently acting. She appeared in three Italian films
before getting her big break, which came when she won the
role of Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love. Soon
modeling and acting offers came flooding her way. Director
Terence Young and Producer "Cubby" Broccoli traveled
to Rome to audition actresses for the role of Tatiana Romanova,
but Bianchi could not attend, as she was sick with the flu.
Young saw a photo of Bianchi and visited her at her home.
In a twist on the old cliché, Bianchi literally first
auditioned from her bed.
After the success of From Russia with Love, Bianchi didn't
capitalise on her new found fame, with several forgettable
films following. In 1967, she cashed in on the Bond connection,
starring in the low-budget Italian spy spoof Operation Kid
Brother, which marked the screen debut (and farewell) of
Connery's brother Neil. Bianchi gave up acting in 1970 when
she married a Genoan shipping magnate. They have one son.