Silvana Pampanini in The Cheerful Squadron, in 1954.
25 September 1925|
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||6 January 2016
Silvana Pampanini (25 September 1925 – 6 January 2016) was an Italian film actress and director. She took part in the Miss Italy contest in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.
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Silvana quickly became one of the most popular pin-up girls and movie stars in her country. She was considered a sex symbol throughout the 1950s. At the start of their career both Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren briefly appeared as extras in some films Pampanini starred in. The curvaceous brunette was usually dubbed when acting but used her voice when singing. Notably, she could speak French and Spanish, sing, dance, play the piano and she also recorded several songs.
In a 1952 worldwide publicized press statement she complained that middle-aged Hollywood actors like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart were too old to play romantic lovers. Then in 1955 she visited New York City, Denver and California, appeared on television but rejected film offers because of her poor command of the English language and her dislike of the American working schedule.
Silvana was well-liked in France, where they nicknamed her Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she appeared in Tirma, Central and South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sed de Amor with Pedro Armendáriz. Pampanini was often involved in arguments and controversies with film producers which eventually jeopardized her career. Nevertheless she successfully worked with distinguished actors and directors such as Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica, Buster Keaton. The film O.K. Nero, in which Pampanini played the role of scantily dressed Empress Poppaea, was banned in certain places because of scenes that were considered indecent.
Soon afterward, she went to Spain for three months to make a movie while police and agents of Lloyd's of London investigated the threat. A newspaper article reported that Pampanini's "bosom [was] insured with Lloyd's for $48,000."
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Although she was rumoured to have had several love affairs, mainly in Italy and Latin America, she never married or had children. She wrote an autobiography, Outrageously Respectable, published in 1996. She died on 6 January 2016, aged 90.
- Il segreto di Don Giovanni (1947)
- Arrivederci papà (1948)
- Baron Carlo Mazza (1948)
- Anthony of Padua (1949)
- The Firemen of Viggiù (1949)
- Marechiaro (1949)
- Snow White and the Seven Thieves (1949)
- Hawk of the Nile (1950)
- The Force of Destiny (1950)
- Io sono il capataz (1950)
- È arrivato il cavaliere! (1950)
- La bisarca (1950)
- Il richiamo nella tempesta (1950)
- L'inafferrabile 12 (1950)
- 47 morto che parla (1950)
- Beauties on Bicycles (1951)
- Don Juan's Night of Love (1951)
- Era lui... sì! sì! (1951)
- Miracolo a Viggiù (1951)
- Una bruna indiavolata! (1951)
- Ha fatto 13! (1951)
- O.K. Nerone (1951)
- La paura fa 90 (1951)
- Half a Century of Song (1952)
- Mademoiselle Gobete (1952)
- The City Stands Trial (1952)
- Girls Marked Danger (1952)
- The Woman Who Invented Love (1952)
- Viva il cinema! (1952)
- La peccatrice dell'isola (1952)
- Bufere (1953)
- Cavalcade of Song (1953)
- Un giorno in pretura (1953)
- L'incantevole nemica (1953)
- Koenigsmark (1953)
- A Husband for Anna (1953)
- Noi cannibali (1953)
- Torna! (1953)
- The Cheerful Squadron (1954)
- Mid-Century Loves (1954)
- Marriage (1954)
- Schiava del peccato (1954)
- Orient Express (1954)
- Songs of Italy (1955)
- The Island Princess (1955)
- La torre di Nesle (1955)
- The Belle of Rome (1955)
- Racconti romani (1955)
- Canzoni di tutta Italia (1956)
- Law of the Streets (1956)
- Saranno uomini (1957)
- The Road a Year Long (1958)
- Sete d'amore (1959)
- Guns of the Black Witch (1961)
- Mariti a congresso (1961)
- Oh Islam (1962)
- Napoleoncito (1964)
- Il Gaucho (1964)
- Mondo pazzo, gente matta (1965)
- Tres mil kilometros de amor (1966)
- Mazzabubù...quante corna stanno laggiù (1971)
- Il tassinaro (1983)
- Melodie a Sant'Agata (1958)
- "Detonator (photo caption)". Indiana, Culver. The Culver Citizen. 7 September 1949. p. 7. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Wow!' Girl". Indiana, Greenfield. Greenfield Daily Reporter. 15 January 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Film to Get Test Showing". Illinois, Decatur. The Decatur Herald. 22 June 1953. p. 11. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Police Guarding Italian Actress". Texas, Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 12 May 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Star Goes to Spain". Michigan, Holland. The Holland Evening Sentinel. 15 May 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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