Ania Pieroni

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Ania Pieroni
Pieroni as Mater Lachrymarum in the 1980 film Inferno
Born (1957-10-29) 29 October 1957 (age 57)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–1985 (as actress)
Spouse(s) Gennaro Moccia (m. 2001)
Children 5

Ania Pieroni (born 29 October 1957) is an Italian actress.

Early life[edit]

Ania Pieroni was born in 1957 in Rome to a middle-class family. Her paternal grandfather was the mayor of Pescara, while her maternal grandfather was a German architect. Her father was a Knight of Malta, a pilot who as a hobby traded American cars. She attended primary and secondary Catholic schools, and later graduated high school in Rome. On the advice of her father, who was in favor of a diplomatic career, Ania began attending a faculty of political sciences.

Film career[edit]

Pieroni started her film career by taking a small part in the 1978 Alberto Lattuada film Stay as You Are.[1] She also starred as a mysterious music student in the 1980 horror film Inferno by Dario Argento, and worked with him again playing a shoplifter in Tenebrae two years later. Her most famous role however was in the 1981 Lucio Fulci film The House by the Cemetery as the ill-fated babysitter Ann. Her last film was Fracchia contro Dracula, released in 1985.

From 1985 to 1991, she was the director for a local TV station called GBR.

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s, Pieroni lived in Milan, and at that time was engaged to Count Roberto Gancia. However, the Gancia-Pieroni engagement fell apart after she met and got romantically involved with Bettino Craxi, the secretary of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI).

In 1991, Pieroni ended her affair with Craxi and became involved with Osman Mancini, a journalist from GBR (the private TV channel Pieroni was heading at the time).

When Craxi got involved in the Clean Hands scandal he had taken refuge in Tunisia. Pieroni is recognized for being the only person whom was involved not to "hide".

On 19 September 2001, Pieroni married Neapolitan industrialist and steel mogul Gennaro Moccia.

Pieroni was offered to reprise the role of Mater Lachrymarum in Argento's 2007 film The Mother of Tears, but she turned it down. More recently, Pieroni returned to public life when she helped and participated in the election campaign for Silvio Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia.


Year Title Role
1978 Stay as You Are Cecilia
1979 Velvet Hands Maggie
1980 Inferno Musical student (Mater Lachrymarum)
1981 House by the Cemetery, TheThe House by the Cemetery Ann
1981 Miracoloni Maddalena
1982 Tenebrae Elsa Manni
1982 Count Tacchia Duchess Elisa Savelli
1984 Signore e signori Carlotta
1985 Mai con le donne Lisa
1985 Fracchia contro Dracula Countess Oniria


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