Dorian Gray (actress)

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Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray in Totò, Peppino e... la malafemmina.jpg
Dorian Gray in Totò, Peppino e... la malafemmina (1956).
Born Maria Luisa Mangini
(1928-02-02)2 February 1928
Bolzano, Italy
Died 15 February 2011(2011-02-15) (aged 83)
Torcegno, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1965

Maria Luisa Mangini (2 February 1928 – 15 February 2011), better known as Dorian Gray, was an Italian actress.


Gray made her stage debut in 1950, and quickly became a known and acclaimed actress. However, after five years she left the world of the theater and devoted herself to cinema.

The role she played most often in films was that of a seductive sex kitten; most famously, she played the titular "bad girl" in Totò, Peppino e la malafemmina, considered a classic of Italian comedy. However, she also had a chance to demonstrate her dramatic talents in Michelangelo Antonioni's Il grido, to great critical acclaim. In 1957, at the peak of her popularity, she also took part in The Nights of Cabiria by Federico Fellini.

Her career ended by choice soon thereafter. In 1965, awaiting the birth of her son, she retired from acting and never made another public appearance.


On February 15, 2011, Gray committed suicide by gunshot at her home in Torcegno. She was 83 years old; some media, however, reported her age as 75,[1] since she herself claimed to have been born in 1936.[2]



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