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Silvana Mangano Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 April 1930Rome, Lazio, Italy
Date of Death 16 December 1989Madrid, Madrid, Spain  (lung cancer)
Nickname Miss Rome
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film. One year later, she was one of the girls in the Miss Italia contest. Lucia Bose became "The Queen", and nearby, on the stage of Stresa, were some other future stars of Italian cinema: Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale.

Mangano's earlier connection with filmmaking occurred with her romantic relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni. This led her to a film contract, though this would take some time for Mangano to ascend to international stardom with her role in Bitter Rice (1949). Thereatfer, she signed a contract with Lux Film, and later married Dino De Laurentiis, who was 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 of the 1950s and 1970s, appearing in Anna (1951), The Gold of Naples (1954), Mambo (1954), Teorema (1968), Death in Venice (1971) and Lo scopone scientifico (1972).

Married to film producer Dino De Laurentiis from 1949, the couple had four children: Veronica, Raffaella, Francesca and Federico. Veronica's daughter Giada is the host of "Everyday Italian" and "Giada at Home" on the Food Network. Raffaella co-produced with her father on Mangano's penultimate film, the science fiction epic Dune (1984). In 1983, she separated from De Laurentiis and abandoned her career to live in Paris and Madred, where she made tapestries. Following surgery on December 4, 1989 that left her in a coma, Silvana Mangano died at age 59 of lung cancer in Madred, Spain during the early morning hours of December 16, 1989.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Carlo Fava

Spouse (1)

Dino De Laurentiis (17 July 1949 - 1988) (filed for divorce) (4 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Large brown eyes
Voluptuous figure
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (12)

Her son, Federico De Laurentiis, was killed in an Alaska airplane crash on July 15, 1981.
Born the daughter of an Italian father and an English mother, she lived in poverty caused by World War II.
Not having the same kind of drive as her two other Italian sex symbol competitors, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Mangano's career was completely controlled by her husband Dino De Laurentiis.
Her most famous role, the earthy Bitter Rice (1949), had her out toiling ever so sexily in the rice fields. Lucille Ball did a hilarious spoof on this movie on her sitcom I Love Lucy (1951). Lucy is spotted by a famous Italian movie director and chosen to play a role in his new movie, "Bitter Grapes", that ends up with her toiling in her now famous grape-stomping vat scene.
She separated from Dino De Laurentiis in 1983 and abandoned her career to live in Paris and Madrid, where she made tapestries. They had not divorced by the time she died of lung cancer in 1989.
She was trained as a dancer under Zhia Ruskaya and then worked as a model. She won the Miss Rome beauty pageant in 1946 and from then on toiled in small movie roles until her breakthrough came in Bitter Rice (1949).
She was initially chosen as the leading lady for Under the Olive Tree (1950) (she had signed a contract with Lux Film for the sum of one million lire), but was forced to abandon the project because she was pregnant at the time.
Had appeared with Alberto Sordi in four films: La grande guerra (1959), ...And Suddenly It's Murder! (1960), The Flying Saucer (1964) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).
Had appeared with Vittorio Gassman in nine films: Bitter Rice (1949), Lure of the Sila (1949), Anna (1951), Mambo (1954), Tempest (1958), La grande guerra (1959), ...And Suddenly It's Murder! (1960), Barabbas (1961) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

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