Ilona Staller, better known by her stage name Cicciolina, is a politician active in Italy's libertarian Partito Radicale and former porn star.
She was born November 26, 1951 in Budapest. Her father was an official in the Ministry of the Interior, her mother a midwife. She began working for a Hungarian modelling agency at the age of thirteen. She first achieved fame in Italy in the early 1970s with a radio show called "Radio Luna." For that program she adopted the name "Cicciolina" (Italian for "cuddles").
In 1978, on the television show "C'era due Volte" her breasts were the first to be seen bared on Italian TV. In 1979 she was elected the leading candidate of the "Lista del Sole", Italy's first Green Party. In 1985 she switched to the Partito Radicale, campaigning against nuclear energy, for human rights, and against starvation anywhere in the world.
She was elected to the Italian parliament in 1987, representing the Lazio district of Rome. She starred in her last porno film in 1989.
Staller married American sculptor Jeff Koons in 1991. Koons produced several sculptures of Staller and him, some depicting them having sex. Their 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 the son remains with Staller in Italy.
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 including the death penalty and the use of animals for fur or scientific experimentation. She is for the decriminalization 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 Kobanya district in the Hungarian parliament (with no success).