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Also Known As: Anna Maria Pierangeli Died: September 10, 1971
Born: June 19, 1932 Cause of Death: suicide by overdose of barbituates
Birth Place: Cagliari, Sardinia, IT Profession: Cast ... actor
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Petite, gentle-looking lead of the 1950s discovered while studying in Rome by French director Leonide Mogue who then co-starred her in "Tomorrow Is Too Late" (1950) opposite Vittorio de Sica. She was put under contract by MGM and starred as a soulful Italian war bride in Fred Zinnemann's "Teresa" (1951), but aside from playing Rocky Graziano's wife in "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956) and a circus girl in "Merry Andrew" (1958), she subsequently found few other worthy projects. Her emotional entanglements and physical accidents helped put her career into a tailspin and before her death by suicide from barbiturates she appeared in sexploitation and horror films. Married from 1954 to 1959 to Vic Damone. Twin sister of actress Marisa Pavan.

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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Pier Angeli (born Anna Maria Pierangeli) (June 19, 1932 – September 10, 1971) was an Italian-born actress. Born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, she made her film debut with Vittorio de Sica in Domani è troppo tardi (1950), after being spotted by director Léonide Moguy. She was discovered by Hollywood, and MGM launched her in her first American film, Teresa (1951). Directed by Fred Zinnemann, this film also saw the joint debuts of Rod Steiger and John Ericson. Enthusiastic reviews for her eloquent and understated performance compared her to Garbo. Under contract with MGM throughout the 1950s, she appeared in a series of films. In The Light Touch with Stewart Granger, she indeed brought a light touch of innocence to the film. Plans for a film of Romeo and Juliet with her and Marlon Brando fell through when a British-Italian production was announced. Her next few films were respectable but unexciting: The Story of Three Loves (1953) with Kirk Douglas, Sombrero, in which she replaced an indisposed Ava Gardner, and Flame and the Flesh (1954), where she lost her man to Lana Turner. MGM, after having discovered Leslie Caron, another Continental ingénue, loaned Angeli out to other studios. She went to Warner Bros. for The Silver Chalice, which marked the debut of Paul Newman, and made Mam'zelle Nitouche with the great French comic actor Fernandel. For Paramount, she should have had the role of Anna Magnani's daughter in The Rose Tattoo, but motherhood having interfered, it went to her twin sister, Marisa Pavan, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role. She was loaned out again, to Columbia, for Port Afrique (1956). She showed a return to her old form when she returned to MGM for Somebody Up There Likes Me as Paul Newman's long-suffering wife (James Dean had originally been expected to play the starring role, which went to Newman after Dean's death). She was indifferent in The Vintage (1957) with Mel Ferrer and John Kerr, and finished her contract in Merry Andrew, starring Danny Kaye. Kirk Douglas and Angeli were engaged in 1950s, according to Douglas' autobiography. For a short time Angeli also had a close relationship with James Dean, and there was a great deal of speculation at the time about possible marriage. However, under pressure from her domineering mother, she broke off the relationship and went on to marry singer/actor Vic Damone (1954-1959). This was to end in divorce, followed by highly publicized court battles for the custody of their one son. Her second marriage was to Italian composer Armando Trovajoli (1962-1969), with whom she had another son. This marriage also ended in divorce. Just before her death, she spoke of her relationship with James Dean and in part said, "There was only one love in my life, and that was Jimmy Dean." During the 1960s and until 1970 the actress returned to live and work in Britain and Europe. Few of her films during that period were notable, despite a strong performance opposite Richard Attenborough in The Angry Silence (1960). She was reunited with Stewart Granger for Sodom and Gomorrah (1963), in which she played Lot's wife. She played a brief role in the war epic Battle of the Bulge (1965). It seemed as if her acting career might revive when she was picked to play a role in The Godfather, but she died soon before. At the age of 39, despondent and lonely, suffering from a nervous illness and in a very difficult financial situation, Angeli died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor; while making a Hollywood comeback in the minor movie Octaman (1971). Speculation that her death was a suicide has never been officially confirmed. She is interred in the Cimetière des Bulvis, in Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Her twin sister is the actress Marisa Pavan

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