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Pier Angeli (19 June 1932 – 10 September 1971) was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Twenty years later, she had been chosen to play a part in The Godfather, but died before filming began.
She had romantic relationships with actors Kirk Douglas and James Dean before going on to marry Vic Damone.
Born Anna Maria Pierangeli in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Her twin sister is the actress Marisa Pavan. Angeli made her film debut with Vittorio De Sica in Domani è troppo tardi (1950), after being spotted by director Léonide Moguy and De Sica. She was discovered by Hollywood, and MGM launched her in her first American film, Teresa (1951). Directed by Fred Zinnemann, this film also saw the joint debuts of Rod Steiger and John Ericson. Reviews for her performance in the film compared her to Greta Garbo, and she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year – Actress. Under contract with MGM throughout the 1950s, she appeared in a series of films, including The Light Touch with Stewart Granger. Plans for a film of Romeo and Juliet with her and Marlon Brando fell through when a British-Italian production was announced.
Her next few films were respectable but unexciting: The Story of Three Loves (1953) with Kirk Douglas; Sombrero, in which she replaced an indisposed Ava Gardner; and Flame and the Flesh (1954), in which she lost her man to Lana Turner. After discovering Leslie Caron, another continental ingénue, MGM lent Angeli out to other studios. She went to Warner Bros. for The Silver Chalice, which marked the debut of Paul Newman, and she made Mam'zelle Nitouche with the French comic actor Fernandel. For Paramount, she should have had the role of Anna Magnani's daughter in The Rose Tattoo, but because motherhood interfered, the role went to her twin sister, Marisa Pavan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role. Angeli was lent out again, to Columbia, for Port Afrique (1956). She returned to MGM for Somebody Up There Likes Me as Paul Newman's long-suffering wife (James Dean had originally been expected to play the starring role, which went to Newman after Dean's death). She then appeared in The Vintage (1957) with Mel Ferrer and John Kerr, and finished her contract in Merry Andrew, starring Danny Kaye.
During the 1960s and until 1970, Angeli returned to live and work in Britain and Europe. Few of her films during that period were notable, despite a strong performance opposite Richard Attenborough in The Angry Silence (1960). She was reunited with Stewart Granger for Sodom and Gomorrah (1963), in which she played Lot's wife. She had a brief role in the war epic Battle of the Bulge (1965). 1968 found Angeli in Israel, top billed in Every Bastard a King, about events during that nation's recent war, but steady work was eluding her. It seemed as if her acting career might revive when she was picked to play a role in The Godfather, but she died soon before filming.
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Tomorrow Is Too Late
Pier Angeli (19 June 1932 – 10 September 1971) was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Young Star of the Year - Actress. Twenty years later it was rumored she was chosen to play a part in The Godfather. Filming for The Godfather began on 24 March 1971, six months before her death. When she didn't get the part, she began working on the low-budget film Octaman.
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Date of Birth 19 June 1932, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Date of Death 10 September 1971, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (barbiturate overdose)
Birth Name [[Anna Maria Pierangeli]]
Height 5' (1.52 m)
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[[Anna Maria Pierangeli]] was born June 19, 1932, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Anna and her twin sister, [[Marisa Pavan]], both had their eyes on become film stars, since that was one of the big Italian pastimes. Anna adopted her surname and split it in half, and it was as [[Pier Angeli]] that she would find fame. Her first role was an uncredited part in 1948's [[The Million Dollar Nickel]] (1952), an Italian production. Pier was 16 at the time and it was to be the first of many roles for this beautiful woman. The film was largely forgettable but it was a start. The following year she played in another Italian production, [[Tomorrow Is Too Late]] (1950). Again it was a very small role, and she was not seen on the screen again until 1951. Between 1949 and 1951 she appeared in stage productions and found work in menial jobs. When she did return it was in the film [[The Light Touch]] (1951) as [[Anna Vasarri]]. Later that year she won the title role in [[Teresa]] (1951). However, she again hit a drought with only one film in 1952 and two in 1953. The next year things began to pick up, however, with Hollywood beckoning at her door. After the Italian [[Oh No, Mam'zelle]] (1954) she caught the eyes of Hollywood moguls, who cast her in [[Flame and the Flesh]] (1954) and [[The Silver Chalice]] (1954). Now she divided her time between Italy and the US making movies. She married [[Vic Damone]] in 1954, a union that lasted only four years and produced one son.
No film offers came in 1955, but in 1956 Pier landed the plum role of [[Norma Graziano]] ([[wife of fighter Rocky Graziano]]) in [[Somebody Up There Likes Me]] (1956) opposite [[Paul Newman]]. The film was well received at the box office and she had hopes that things were going to pick up again. She played [[Ynez]] in [[Port Afrique]] (1956) later that year and then another drought ensued. After [[The Vintage]] (1957), [[Merry Andrew]] (1958) and [[SOS Pacific]] (1959), she made three more films in 1960. Then once again 1961 saw no appearances. In 1962 Pier played [[Ildith]] in [[Sodom and Gomorrah]] (1962) and later that year played in a French production entitled [[White Slave Ship]] (1961). After the Italian production of [[Panic in Bangkok]] (1964) she returned in the hit European-American co-production [[Battle of the Bulge]] (1965).
After a handful of films between 1966 and 1970, Pier realized her dreams of superstardom were not to be. She had divorced her second husband ([[Armando Trovajoli]]) in 1969 and made her final appearance on the screen in 1971 in the low-budget sci-fi opus [[Octaman]] (1971). On September 10 of that year Pier was found dead of a barbiturate overdose in her Beverly Hills home. She was only 39 years old.
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[[Armando Trovajoli]] (14 February 1962 - 1969) (divorced) (1 child)
[[Vic Damone]] (24 November 1954 - 18 December 1958) (divorced) (1 child)
[[James Dean]] Dating ... and planned to marry
[[Kirk Douglas]] Engaged
Reportedly, Pier and [[James Dean]] were very much in love and wanted to marry, but her mother was against the union because of Dean's behavior, and helped arrange Pier's marriage to [[Vic Damone]]. Three years before she died, the National Enquirer magazine published an interview in which Pier would have said that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
[[Twin sister]] of actress [[Marisa Pavan]].
Screen, stage, and television actress.
Dated [[James Dean]] while he was filming East of Eden (1955).
Had one son with [[Vic Damone]], [[Perry Rocco Luigi Farinola Damone]], who was born in Los Angeles on [[August 21, 1955]]. He worked as a radio DJ and owned an entertainers representation in Phoenix, Arizona. He died on December 9, 2014 of lymphoma in Scottsdale, Arizona.
[[Kirk Douglas]], in his autobiography "[[The Ragman's Son]]", states that he was engaged to Pier in the early 1950s.
In different situations but almost simultaneously, [[Léonide Moguy]] and [[Vittorio De Sica]]' chose her for her first role.
When shooting a central scene with [[Michael Craig]] in [[The Angry Silence]] (1960), she was so immersed into her character that she left the script and started to shout in Italian. The scene was so impressive that it remained in the film.
Sister-in-law of [[Jean-Pierre Aumont]].
Gave birth to her second child (by second husband [[Armando Trovajoli]]), [[Howard Andrew Rugantino]], on [[8 January 1963]] .
According to several people who knew her, she was terrified of turning 40. She died age 39.
Older sister of [[Patricia Pierangeli]].
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I have loved one person in my whole life, and that was James Dean.
[about her first role as Mirella in Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950)] When the scenes begin, I change completely. I was not Anna. Like when you drink cold, cold water and feel it run like ice inside. I felt I was another girl, not me.
[about Debbie Reynolds] I don't know what I would have done without Debbie. Debbie was, is and always will be my very dearest and best friend - we are like sisters.
[about her relationship with actor James Dean] He wanted me to love him unconditionally, but Jimmy was not able to love someone else in return . . . it was the troubled boy that wanted to be loved very badly. I loved Jimmy as I have loved no one else in my life, but I could not give him the enormous amount that he needed. Loving Jimmy was something that could empty a person.
[[Octaman]] (1971) $5,000
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