Silvana Mangano was an Italian actress for the big screen. She was born in the year 1930 and celebrated her birthday every year on 21 April. She is known for her work in the movies such as Bitter Rice (1949), Barabbas (1961), Il disco volante (1964), Teorema (1968), Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974), Dune (1984) and Oci ciornie (1987). She passed away on 16 December 1989.
Silvana is a native of Rome, Lazio, Italy as she was born there to an Italian father, who worked as a train conductor and an English mother, Ivy Webb. She grew up in poverty caused by the World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years under Zhia Ruskaya and was also supporting herself as a model.
She participated in and won the "Miss Rome" beauty pageant in 1946. That opened doors for her and she got chance to work in the films and she landed a role in a Mario Costa film. The following year, she became a contestant in the Miss Italia 1948. She is the sister of one-time actresses Natascia Mangano and Patrizia Mangano. Owing to her romantic relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni, Mangano had her earliest connection with filmmaking. She signed a film contract, and started doing minor roles in various movies. Her stars shined brighter in the year 1949 and she became an international fame with her performance in movie Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro, Giuseppe De Santis, 1949). After that, in 1949, she signed a contract with Lux Film. Mangano reached the height of her success between the 1950s and ‘70s with her performances in movies such as 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).
Talking about her personal life, Silvana married the film producer Dino De Laurentiis in the year 1949. Together they had four children; Francesca, Raffaella, Veronica, and Federico. Veronica's daughter, Silvana’s granddaughter, Giada De Laurentiis is host on the Food Network’s programs such as Everyday Italian and Giada at Home. Silvana’s daughter Raffaella worked as a co-producer on Mangano's penultimate film, Dune (David Lynch, 1984). Her son, Federico died in an Alaskan airplane crash in 1981. After nearly three and a half decade of marriade, Mangano separated from De Laurentiis in the year 1983 their divorce proceedings began in 1988. On 4 December, 1989, Mangano underwent a surgery that left her in a coma. Finally, after a battle of 10 days, she passed away of lung cancer in Madrid, Spain, during the late night/early morning hours between 15 and 16 December, 1989. Although she had separated long back, her divorced wasn’t finalized by her death.
Her career was completely controlled by her husband Dino De Laurentiis and on separating from him she abandoned her film career and started living in Paris and Madrid making tapestries. She became a distinguished actress and continued working in films for nearly four more decades.
Mangano was not only talented, she was equally beautiful. She stood tall at the height of 5 feet and 6 inches and had a voluptuous body with full breasts, flat belly and wide, natural hips. She had natural brunette hair which matched her hazel eyes. Her hard work into the industry has made her famous and fortunate. The actress has a good number of followers and admirers all over the world. Although she is no longer physically present among us, her fans have created numerous sites in her name and regularly keep them updated. More information on him can be read in her detailed biography available in numerous websites including the Wiki and IMDb website.