Silvana Mangano – Biography of Silvana Mangano

The actress Silvana Mangano was born in the city of Rome, in Italy, on April 21, 1930.

Silvana was born into a humble family with many financial deprivations.

With only 7 years Silvana began to be interested in dance, and specifically in ballet, so her parents made an extra effort for her to study at the Ruskaja Jia Academy in Milan.

A short time later, she entered a modeling agency, which gave her the opportunity to enter the Miss Roma pageant, which she would win in 1946. Later, she appeared in the Miss Italia pageant, which Lucia Bose won, but Silvana was one of the Bridesmaids. In this same contest, Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale appeared.

A year later the actress had an affair with Marcello Mastroianni, who advised her to take acting classes.

In 1949, Silvana takes part in the film “Bitter Rice”, giving life to the character of Silvana, along with the actor Vittorio Gassman.

That same year the actress married producer Dino De Laurentiis, with whom she had four children, living with him until 1988.

It was in the 1950s when the actress had her greatest cinematographic splendor, taking part in films such as “The Gold of Naples”, for which she won the Silver Ribbon award for the best Leading Actress, “Mambo”, La tempestad or “La big war”.

Silvana, during the 60s, continued to intervene in films that are currently an icon in world filmography, such as “Five marked women”, The Day of the Last Judgment, along with Anouk Aimée, Fernandel and Nino Manfredi, among others, Barabbas, along with Anthony Quinn, or “Oedipus Rex.”

The actress, during the 70s, works a little less, but despite everything, she continues to participate in important films such as “Decameron” by director Pier Paolo Pasolini, Death in Venice, for which she won another Silver Ribbon award. “The Silver Age” or “Violence and Passion”, with Burt Lancaster.
The actress, in 1984, takes part in the film “Dunas”, by director David Lynch.

In 1987, Silvana participated in her last film, “Ojos negros”, along with Marcello Mastroianni.

On December 16, 1989, Silvana died of lung cancer in the city of Madrid, Spain.