Silvana Pampanini

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Silvana Pampanini
Silvana Pampanini Allegro squadrone.png
Pampanini in Allegro squadrone (1954)
Born (1925-09-25) 25 September 1925 (age 88)
Rome, Italy

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.

Life and career[edit]

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 but rejected movie offers because she could not speak English properly and had some problems with the tax office.

She was also popular in France, where they nicknamed her Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she starred in Tirma, South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sed de Amor with Pedro Armendáriz, and Egypt. She worked with other internationally important actors and directors such as Buster Keaton, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica. She preceded the more popular Italian Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida who worked as extras in some of her early films. In the opinion of the press she flirted with personalities such as Tyrone Power, William Holden, Orson Welles, Omar Sharif, George DeWitt, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Fidel Castro; nevertheless she never married and had no children.

Her success was not long-lasting and in the 1960s she left the movie career to take care of her parents, preferring to appear now and then on television. Additionally, she is Rosetta Pampanini's niece, an Italian soprano. In fact, before she became a movie star, she wanted to become an opera singer. In 1994 she published Shockingly Respectable, her autobiography written in Italian language.

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