Silvana Mangano in 1956
21 April 1930|
|Died||16 December 1989
|Resting place||Pawling, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Dino De Laurentiis
Federico (died 1981)
Raised in poverty during World War II, Mangano trained as a dancer and worked as a model before winning a "Miss Rome" beauty pageant in 1946. This led to work in films; she achieved notable success in Bitter Rice (1949) and continued working in films for almost four more decades.
Born in Rome to an Italian father and an English mother (Ivy Webb from Croydon), Mangano lived in poverty during the Second World War. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model.
In 1946, at age 16, Mangano won the "Miss Rome" beauty pageant and through this, she obtained a role in a Mario Costa film. One year later, she became a contestant in the Miss Italia contest. The contest that year became a springboard for a pool of potential actresses, including the winner Lucia Bosé "The Queen", Mangano and several other future stars of Italian cinema such as Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale.
Mangano's earliest connection with filmmaking occurred through her romantic relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni. This led her to a film contract, though it would take some time for Mangano to ascend to international stardom with her performance in Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro, Giuseppe De Santis, 1949). Thereafter, she signed a contract with Lux Film, in 1949, and later married Dino De Laurentiis, who was on the verge of becoming a known producer.
Though she never scaled the heights of her contemporaries Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Mangano remained a favorite star between the 1950s and 1970s, appearing in Anna (Alberto Lattuada, 1951), The Gold of Naples (L'oro di Napoli, Vittorio De Sica, 1954), Mambo (Robert Rossen, 1955), Theorem (Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968), Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia, Luchino Visconti, 1971), and The Scientific Cardplayer (1972).
Married to film producer Dino De Laurentiis from 1949, the couple had four children: Veronica, Raffaella, Francesca, and Federico. Veronica's daughter Giada De Laurentiis is the host of Everyday Italian and Giada at Home on the Food Network. Raffaella co-produced with her father on Mangano's penultimate film, Dune (David Lynch, 1984). Federico died in an airplane crash in 1981 in Alaska. De Laurentiis and Mangano separated in 1983, and Mangano began divorce proceedings in 1988.
- Bitter Rice (1949) – Silvana
- Anna (1951) – Anna
- Ulysses (1954) – Circe / Penelope
- This Angry Age (1958) – Suzanne
- La Grande Guerra (1959) – Costantina
- Five Branded Women (1960) – Jovanka
- Barabbas (1961) – Rachel
- Il disco volante (1964) – Vittoria Laconiglia
- Edipo re (1967) – Jocasta
- Teorema (1968) – Lucia (the mother)
- Morte a Venezia (1971) – Tadzio's mother
- Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974) – Marchesa Bianca Brumonti
- Dune (1984) – Rev. Mother Ramallo
- Oci ciornie (1987)
Although it was actually sung by Flo Sandon's, Silvana Mangano was credited on the record label of "El Negro Zumbón", which is from the soundtrack of the film Anna (1951) and was a hit song in 1953. A clip of the opening of this performance is featured in the film Cinema Paradiso (1988).
- "Mort de Silvana Mangano La magicienne". Le Monde. 18 December 1989. p. 10.
- Flint, Peter B. (17 December 1989). "Silvana Mangano Is Dead at 59; Starred as Peasant in "Bitter Rice"". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Obituary: Dino De Laurentiis, Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2010