Marisa Pavan

Marisa Pavan (born Maria Luisa Pierangeli; 19 June 1932)[1] is an Italian-born actress who first became known as the twin sister of film star Pier Angeli (Anna Maria Pierangeli)[1] before achieving success in films on her own.

Marisa Pavan
Marisa Pavan Jean-Pierre Aumont 1965.jpg
Pavan and husband, Jean-Pierre Aumont, 1965
Maria Luisa Pierangeli

(1932-06-19) 19 June 1932 (age 87)
Years active1952–1992
Jean-Pierre Aumont
(m. 1956; his death 2001)
RelativesPier Angeli (sister)

Life and careerEdit

Pavan's film debut came in What Price Glory (1952).[2]

The daughter of a construction engineer, Pavan had no dramatic training when she signed a contract with Paramount at age 19.[3]

Her breakthrough came in the film The Rose Tattoo (1955) as Anna Magnani's daughter; her role was first assigned to Angeli, who then became unavailable to play the part.[citation needed] Her performance earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Pavan.[4] She also won the Golden Globe Award for (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in the film.[5]

Pavan co-starred in films such as Diane (1956), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), The Midnight Story (1957) and John Paul Jones (1959). She also played Abishag in King Vidor's biblical epic Solomon and Sheba (1959). Her later films included A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973), Antoine and Sebastian (1974) and the television miniseries The Moneychangers (1976). In 1985, she portrayed the role of Chantal Dubujak on Ryan's Hope.

On March 27, 1956, Pavan married French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont in Santa Barbara, California,[6] and the couple remained together until his death in 2001.[7]

They had two sons: Jean-Claude (b. 1957) and Patrick (b. 1960).[8]

Selected filmographyEdit


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  2. ^ Archerd, Armand (June 11, 1956). "Pierangeli Twins Earn Success". The Daily Reporter. Ohio, Dover. Central Press Association. p. 2. Retrieved March 25, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ "Marisa Pavan Signs Paramount Contract". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. November 25, 1951. p. 92. Retrieved March 25, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ "("Marisa Pavan" search results)". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 26 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Marisa Pavan". Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Romantic Flurry Almost Upsets Marisa Pavan, Aumont Wedding". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. March 28, 1956. p. 7. Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via  
  7. ^ "Aumont Survivors". Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. February 1, 2001. p. 31. Retrieved July 8, 2019 – via  
  8. ^ Wilson, Earl (August 5, 1973). "Jean Pierre Aumont Happy On Island". Daily Press. Virginia, Newport News. p. 54. Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via  
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