Silvana Pampanini

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Silvana Pampanini
Silvana Pampanini Allegro squadrone.png
Pampanini in The Cheerful Squadron, 1954
Born (1925-09-25)25 September 1925
Rome, Italy
Died 6 January 2016(2016-01-06) (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Film actress, director

Silvana Pampanini (25 September 1925 – 6 January 2016) was an Italian actress and director. She was Miss Italy in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.

Beauty pageant[edit]

Pampanini was Miss Rome of 1947.[1] A caption in a 1952 newspaper said, "She is considered Italy's all-time beauty."[2]

Film[edit]

Pampanini became one of the most popular movie actresses in her country and was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s. In 1955 she visited New York, Denver and Hollywood but rejected job offers because she could not speak English properly and had some problems with the tax office.[citation needed]

She was well-liked in France, where they nicknamed her Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she appeared 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. The film O.K. Nero, in which Pampanini starred, was banned in certain places because of scenes that were considered indecent.[3]

Threats[edit]

In 1954, Pampanini was sent a letter threatening that her home would be blown up if she did not leave a payment of 8 million lira in her car.[4] 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."[5]

Personal life[edit]

She never married and had no children. She was the niece of soprano Rosetta Pampanini. Pampanini died on 6 January 2016, aged 90.[citation needed]


Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Film director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detonator (photo caption)". Indiana, Culver. The Culver Citizen. 7 September 1949. p. 7. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "'Wow!' Girl". Indiana, Greenfield. Greenfield Daily Reporter. 15 January 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Film to Get Test Showing". Illinois, Decatur. The Decatur Herald. 22 June 1953. p. 11. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Police Guarding Italian Actress". Texas, Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 12 May 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Star Goes to Spain". Michigan, Holland. The Holland Evening Sentinel. 15 May 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 21 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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