Born in Naples, Licia Maglietta trained in theatre and dance. She also graduated with a degree in Architecture. In 1981 she joined the group Falso Movimento which later founded the Teatri Uniti. Maglietta was nominated for the David di Donatllo Award (Italy's Academy Award). She has starred in two other films directed by Silvio Soldini, Bread and Tulips, for which she won the David Award and Le Acrobate.