Monday, April 2, 2012


Silvana Mangano – the name rolls off the tongue and congers up a vision of exotic beauty. The visage of  Silvana Magnano did not disappoint.

Alongside of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida, Silvana Mangano was among a handful of beautiful Italian actresses who dominated the screens of Italian cinema throughout the fifties and sixties.

She was said by many in the industry to be the only true diva of Italian cinema, unequal in screen presence, range of acting, or depth of instinct, and known for that rare quality of personal mystery possessed by truly great stars.

Silvana in the countryside near her home and its working farm in Tivoli with her daughters Francesca and Raffaella.

Her most famous role was in the critically acclaimed 1949 movie, Bitter Rice produced by Dino De Laurentis whom she married and had four children with. Daughter Veronica, is the mother of Food Network star Giada De Laurentis. 

Silvana Magnano
Once a Great Beauty

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