Marisa Pavan

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Marisa Pavan
Pavan in 1965
Maria Luisa Pierangeli

(1932-06-19) 19 June 1932 (age 91)
Years active1952–1992
(m. 1956; died 2001)
RelativesPier Angeli (sister)

Marisa Pavan (born Maria Luisa Pierangeli; 19 June 1932) is an Italian actress who first became known as the twin sister of film star Pier Angeli (Anna Maria Pierangeli) before achieving success in her own screen career.[1] She received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1955 film The Rose Tattoo.

Early life and career[edit]

Pavan and her fraternal twin sister, Pier Angeli, were born in 1932 in Cagliari, Sardinia, the children of Enrichetta (née Romiti) and Luigi Pierangeli, a construction engineer.[1] The two girls also had a younger sister, Patrizia Pierangeli, who became an actress as well.

Pavan had no dramatic training when she signed a Hollywood contract with Paramount at age 19.[2] Although her screen debut was in 1952 in What Price Glory,[3] Pavan's breakthrough role came three years later, when she was cast as Anna Magnani's daughter in The Rose Tattoo. That part was initially assigned to her twin sister, but by the time production began, Angeli was unavailable for the role.[citation needed] Pavan's performance earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[4] She also won the Golden Globe Award for (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in the film.[5]

Pavan co-starred in films such as Diane (1956), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), The Midnight Story (1957) and John Paul Jones (1959). She also played Abishag in King Vidor's biblical epic Solomon and Sheba (1959). Her later films included A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973), Antoine and Sebastian (1974) and the television miniseries The Moneychangers (1976). In 1985, she played Chantal Dubujak on Ryan's Hope.

Personal life[edit]

On 27 March 1956, Pavan married French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont in Santa Barbara, California, and the couple remained together until Jean-Pierre's death in 2001.[6][7] They had two sons: Jean-Claude, born in 1957, and Patrick, in 1960.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Allen, Jane (2002). Pier Angeli: a fragile life. McFarland. p. 6. ISBN 0-7864-1392-1. Maria Luisa, by the diminutive Marisa
  2. ^ "Marisa Pavan Signs Paramount Contract". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. 25 November 1951. p. 92. Retrieved 25 March 2018 – via open access
  3. ^ Archerd, Armand (11 June 1956). "Pierangeli Twins Earn Success". The Daily Reporter. Ohio, Dover. Central Press Association. p. 2. Retrieved 25 March 2018 – via open access
  4. ^ "("Marisa Pavan" search results)". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 26 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Marisa Pavan". Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Romantic Flurry Almost Upsets Marisa Pavan, Aumont Wedding". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. 28 March 1956. p. 7. Retrieved 26 March 2018 – via open access
  7. ^ "Aumont Survivors". Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 1 February 2001. p. 31. Retrieved 8 July 2019 – via open access
  8. ^ Wilson, Earl (5 August 1973). "Jean Pierre Aumont Happy On Island". Daily Press. Virginia, Newport News. p. 54. Retrieved 26 March 2018 – via open access

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