Pier Angeli


Actor
Pier Angeli

About

Also Known As
Anna Maria Pierangeli
Birth Place
Cagliari, Sardinia, IT
Born
June 19, 1932
Died
September 10, 1971
Cause of Death
Suicide By Overdose Of Barbituates

Biography

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) ...

Photos & Videos

Somebody Up There Likes Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Vintage - Pier Angeli Publicity Stills
The Story of Three Loves - Lobby Card

Family & Companions

James Dean
Companion
Actor.
Vic Damone
Husband
Singer. Married November 24, 1954, divorced 1959; met while she was filming "Teresa" in Italy and he was stationed there with Army.
Armando Trovajoli
Husband
Composer, conductor. Italian.

Biography

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.

Life Events

1950

Film acting debut (as Anna Maria Pierangeli) in Italian film, "Domani e troppo tardi/Tomorrow Is Too Late" (released in US 1952)

1951

US film debut in "Teresa"

Photo Collections

Somebody Up There Likes Me - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), starring Paul Newman and Pier Angeli, and directed by Robert Wise.
The Vintage - Pier Angeli Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos of Pier Angeli, taken to publicize The Vintage (1957). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Story of Three Loves - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from the MGM anthology film The Story of Three Loves (1953). This card depicts the segment starring Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Moonfleet - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Moonfleet (1955), starring Stewart Granger, Viveca Lindfors, and George Sanders, and directed by Fritz Lang.

Videos

Movie Clip

Merry Andrew (1958) - Salud The Gallini circus family led by their patriarch (Salvatore Baccaloni) celebrates the upcoming marriage of Andrew (Danny Kaye) and their Selena (Pier Angeli), director Michael Kidd with choreography to a tune by Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer, in Merry Andrew, 1958.
Merry Andrew (1958) - Everything Is Tickety-Boo Now ebullient English public schoolmaster Andrew (Danny Kaye) has permission to resume his amateur archaeology, headed for Sussex with his theme song by Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer, spying Pier Angeli, her first appearance, in a makeshift shower, in Merry Andrew, 1958.
Sombrero (1953) - Open, Welcome To My Village! Splashy opening from producer Jack Cummings, in the Latin hybrid romantic comic-drama with music, largely shot in Mexico, Ricardo Montalban addressing the camera as “Pepe,” heading the quasi-Latin cast, in MGM’s Sombrero, 1953.
Story Of Three Loves, The (1953) - Equilibrium In the Equilibrium piece directed by Gottfried Reinhardt from a story by Jacques Maret, resurgent aerialist Pierre (Kirk Douglas) explains to Nina (Pier Angeli), whom he rescued from suicide, why he wants her to be his new partner, in the anthology The Story Of Three Loves, 1953.
Somebody Up There Likes Me -- Breach Of Promise Hanging with confidant and deli owner Benny (Joseph Buloff), Rocky Graziano (Paul Newman) takes note when Norma (Pier Angeli), already introduced to him by his sister, shows up asking directions, in Somebody Up There Likes Me, 1956, directed by Robert Wise.
Angry Silence, The (1960) - Pity All Around... Strike organizer Connolly (Bernard Lee) visits Tom (Richard Attenborough) and wife Anna (Pier Angeli) at home to encourage him to cooperate in future labor actions in The Angry Silence, 1960.
Teresa (1951) - I Must Ask My Mother Shot on location in Italy, American GI's ogling local females doing the wash, Sergeant Dobbs (Ralph Meeker) encouraging timid Philip (John Ericson), who gains courage when he spies Pier Angeli (title character) for a second time, in an extended flashback in Fred Zinnemann's Teresa, 1951.
Teresa (1951) - These People Are Hungry Scene introducing Bill Mauldin, the celebrated cartoonist, as a GI called Grissom, and Pier Angeli, in her first American film, the title character, meeting soldier and her husband-to-be Philip (John Ericson), counseled by his sergeant Dobbs (Ralph Meeker), in Fred Zinnemann's Teresa, 1951.
Silver Chalice, The (1955) - I Bind You To Silence Very early Christian Joseph (Walter Hampden), daughter Deborra (Pier Angeli) and friend Luke (Alexander Scourby) standing by, explains the assignment to fugitive sculptor Basil (Paul Newman), in The Silver Chalice, 1955.

Trailer

Family

Marisa Pavan
Sister
Actor. Twin; married to actor Jean-Pierre Aumont from 1956 to 1965 and then remarried in 1969.
Rocco Luigi Damone
Son
Born on August 21, 1955; subject of custody battle.
Howard Andrea Travajoli
Son
Born in 1963.

Companions

James Dean
Companion
Actor.
Vic Damone
Husband
Singer. Married November 24, 1954, divorced 1959; met while she was filming "Teresa" in Italy and he was stationed there with Army.
Armando Trovajoli
Husband
Composer, conductor. Italian.

Bibliography