Alessandra was best known for her films in the early 1960s, notably Luchino Visconti’s crime drama Rocco e I suoi Fratelli in 1960.
Born in Rome into a wealthy family, Panaro studied acting under Teresa Franchini.
She made her film debut at 16 years old and got a great success in 1956 thanks to the Dino Risi’s comedy film Poor, But Handsome, then specialising in romantic comedies.
In 1957 to 1998, together with her Poor, But Handsome co-star Lorella De Luca, she assisted Mario Riva in presenting the popular RAI game show Il Musichiere.
Alessandra was first married to the Italian-Egyptian banker Jean-Pierre Sabet. Widowed, in 1992, she married the actor Giancarlo Sbragia.
Alessandra Panaro passed away on May 1, 2019, in his home in Geneva at the age of 79.