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170_silvana_mangano_001Silvana Mangano (Italian pronunciation: [silˈvana ˈmaŋɡano]; 21 April 1930 – 16 December 1989) was an Italian actress.

Raised in poverty during World War II, Mangano trained as a dancer and worked as a model before winning a "Miss Rome" beauty pageant in 1946. This led to work in films; she achieved a notable success in Bitter Rice (1949) and continued working in films for almost four more decades.

Early life
Born in Rome to an Italian father and an English mother (Ivy Webb from Croydon), Mangano lived in poverty caused by the Second World War. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model.

In 1946, at age 16, Mangano won the "Miss Rome" beauty pageant and through this, she obtained a role in a Mario Costa film. One year later, she became a contestant in the Miss Italia contest. Potential actress Lucia Bosé became "The Queen", among Mangano 170_silvana_mangano_005and several other future stars of Italian cinema such as Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale.

Film career
Mangano’s earliest connection with filmmaking occurred through her romantic relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni. This led her to a film contract, though it would take some time for Mangano to ascend to international stardom with her performance in Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro, Giuseppe De Santis, 1949). Thereafter, she signed a contract with Lux Film, in 1949, and later married Dino De Laurentiis, on the verge of becoming a known producer.

Though she never scaled the heights of her contemporaries Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Mangano remained a favorite star between the 1950s and 1970s, appearing in Anna (Alberto Lattuada, 1951), The Gold of Naples (L’oro di Napoli, Vittorio De Sica, 1954), Mambo (Robert Rossen, 1955), Theorem (Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968), Death in Venice 170_silvana_mangano_003(Morte a Venezia, Luchino Visconti, 1971), and The Scientific Cardplayer (1972).

The Bosnian singer Silvana Armenulić took her stage name from Mangano.

Personal life
Married to Bitter Rice producer Dino De Laurentiis from 1949, the couple had four children: Veronica, Raffaella, Francesca, and Federico. Veronica’s daughter Giada De Laurentiis is host of Everyday Italian and Giada at Home on the Food Network. Raffaella coproduced with her father on Mangano’s penultimate film, Dune (David Lynch, 1984). Federico died in an airplane crash in 1981 in Alaska. De Laurentiis and Mangano separated in 1983, and Mangano began divorce proceedings in 1988.

Following surgery on 4 December 1989 that left her in a coma, Mangano died of lung cancer in Madrid, Spain, during the late night/early morning hours between 15 and 16 December 1989.


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164_Marisa Allasio_008Marisa Allasio (born Maria Luisa Lucia Allasio in Turin on 14 July 1936), is a retired Italian actress of the 1950s. She appeared in nearly twenty pictures between 1952 and 1959.

She left her acting career in 1958, year of her marriage with Count Pier Francesco Calvi di Bergolo (born 2 December 1933, Turin), son of Princess Iolanda di Savoia, first-born of Vittorio Emanuele III and Elena del Montenegro. They had two children: Carlo Giorgio Dmitri Drago Maria Laetitia, dei Conti Calvi di Bergolo (born 1959, Rome) Anda Federica Angelica Maria, dei Conti Calvi di Bergolo (born 1962, Rome).

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Perdonami!, Mario Costa (1952)
Gli eroi della domenica, Mario Camerini (1953)
Cuore di mamma, Luigi Capuano (1954)
Ballata tragica, Luigi Capuano (1954)
Ragazze d’oggi, Luigi Zampa (1955)
Le diciottenni, Mario Mattoli (1955)
War and Peace, King Vidor (1956)
Maruzzella, Luigi Capuano (1956)
Poveri ma belli, Dino Risi (1957)
Marisa la civetta, Mauro Bolognini (1957)
Camping, Franco Zeffirelli (1957)
Belle ma povere, Dino Risi (1957)
Le schiave di Cartagine, Guido Brignone (1957)
Susanna tutta panna, Steno (1957)
Venezia, la luna e tu, Dino Risi (1958)
Nudi come Dio li creò (Nackt, wie Gott sie schuf),
Hans Schott-Schöbinger (1958)
Carmela è una bambola, Gianni Puccini (1958)
Seven Hills of Rome (Italian title: Arrivederci Roma),
Roy Rowland (1958)

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Laura Antonelli (born 28 November 1941) is a retired Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 movies between 1965 and 1991.

Originally trained in Naples to teach physical education, Antonelli first appeared in Italian advertisements for Coca Cola and made her first film, Le sedicenni, in 1965, followed by her American debut, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966). Other roles followed; her breakthrough came in 1973’s Malizia. She appeared in a number of sex farces such as Till Marriage Do Us Part/Mio Dio come sono caduta in basso!.

She worked in more serious films as well: L’innocente/The Innocent (1976), and Mogliamante/Wifemistress (1977), as a repressed wife experiencing a sexual awakening. Later she appeared in Passione d’Amore (1981). Antonelli’s most recent role was in the sequel Malizia 2000 (1991).

She won the David di Donatello prize in 1973 and 1981 and the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award, Nastro d’Argento in 1974.

In May, 1991, cocaine was found during a police raid on Antonelli’s home. She was subsequently convicted of possession and dealing and sentenced to house arrest. She spent ten years appealing the conviction which was eventually overturned.


Malizia 2000 (1991), Angela
L’Avaro (1989), Frosina
Rimini Rimini (1987), Noce Bove
Roba da ricchi (1987), Mapi Petruzzelli
Grandi magazzini (1986), Elèna Anzellotti
La Venexiana (1986), Angela
La Gabbia (1986), Marie Colbert
Tranches de vie (1985), Monica Belli, la star
Sesso e volentieri (1982), Carla De Dominicis / Supermarket client / The Princess
Porca vacca (1982), Mariana

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Viuuulentemente mia (1982), Anna Tassotti
Passion of Love (1981), Clara
Casta e pura (1981), Rosa
Il Turno (1981), Stellina
Mi faccio la barca (1980), Roberta
Inside Laura Antonelli (1979)
Tigers in Lipstick (1979), the Businesswoman
Il Malato immaginario (1979), Tonina
Gran bollito (1977), Sandra

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Wifemistress (1977), Antonia De Angelis
The Innocent (1976), Giuliana Hermil
The Divine Nymph (1975), Manoela Roderighi
Simona (1974), Simone
Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974), Eugenia di Maqueda
Sessomatto (1973), Various roles
Malicious (aka Malizia), Angela
Peccato veniale (1973), Laura
All’onorevole piacciono le donne (1972), Sister Hildegarde
Dr. Popaul (1972), Martine Dupont

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The Married Couple of the Year Two (1971), Pauline
Il merlo maschio (1971), Costanza Vivaldi
Sans mobile apparent (1971), Juliette Vaudreuil
Incontro d’amore a Bali (1970), Daria
Gradiva (1970)
A Man Called Sledge (1970), Ria
The Archangel (1969)
Le Malizie di Venere (1969), Wanda
Un Detective (1969), Franca
Satyricon (1968)
La Rivoluzione sessuale (1968), Liliana
Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario? (1967)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966), Rosanna
16 Year Olds (1965)

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Rosanna Schiaffino (November 25, 1939 – October 17, 2009) was an Italian film actress. She appeared on the covers of Italian, German, French, British and American magazines.

Early life
She was born in Genoa, into a well-off family. Her mother encouraged her show business ambitions, helping her to study privately at a drama school. She also took part in beauty contests. When she was 14 she won the Miss Liguria beauty contest, moving into modelling jobs, with photographs in important magazines, including Life.

Film career
She began a promising acting career in the post-neorealist cinema of the 1950s. She was noticed by film producer Franco Cristaldi, who paired her with Marcello Mastroianni in Piece of the Sky in 1959. More important was her second film for him, La sfida (The Challenge), directed by Francesco Rosi, where she made a name for her powerful but sensitive performance as a Neapolitan girl, inspired by the real-life character of Pupetta Maresca. The film was well received at the 1958 Venice festival.

Schiaffino was launched as the “Italian Hedy Lamarr”. However, she would have been more appropriately introduced as the new Italian sex goddess after Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, but in the early 1960s that role was passing to Claudia Cardinale.

In 1966 she married producer Alfredo Bini. After many further films, none of them particularly notable, she decided to give up the cinema and divorced Bini in 1976, with whom she had had a daughter.

Jet set
Schiaffino began a new life with the jet set. During the summer of 1980, in Portofino, she met the handsome playboy and steel industry heir Giorgio Enrico Falck, who had also just divorced. Their affair was big news for the gossip tabloids.

In 1981 she gave birth to their son, Guido, and in 1982 she married Falck. The marriage and its gradual decline after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, and the later divorce, led to unpleasant recriminations over the custody of their son and the inheritance, before they came to an agreement prior to Falck’s demise in 2004.

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Silvana Pampanini (born 25 September 1925) is an Italian actress. She was Miss Italy in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.

Born in Rome, she became one of the most popular actresses in her country and was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s. In 1955 she visited New York, Denver and Hollywood where she rejected movie offers, because she found English too difficult and because she had some problems about tax office.

She was famous in France, where she was named Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she starred in Tirma, la principessa delle Canarie, South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sete d’amore with Pedro Armendariz, and Egypt. She worked with other important actors and directors internationally as Buster Keaton, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica. She preceded more famous Italian hollywood divas as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. In the opinion of the press, she filtered with personalities as Tyrone Power, William Holden, Orson Welles, Omar Sharif, George DeWitt, Jimenez and Fidel Castro; despite of this she never married.

But her success wasn’t very lasting; in fact in the 1960s she left movies to take care her parents, preferring to appear in television; additionally, she is Rosetta Pampanini’s niece, an Italian soprano; in fact before she became famous in the world, she wanted to become an opera singer.

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