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Silvana Pampanini (25 September 1925 – 6 January 2016) was an Italian film actress, director and singer. She caused sensation when she took part in the 1946 Miss Italy contest and the following year she started her movie career. Her original plans to be an opera singer never materialized.
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Silvana Pampanini (born 25 September 1925) is an Italian actress. She was Miss Italy in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.
Born in Rome, she became one of the most popular actresses in her country and was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s. In 1955 she visited New York, Denver and Hollywood where she rejected movie offers, because she found English too difficult and because she had some problems about tax office.
She was famous in France, where she was named Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she starred in Tirma, la principessa delle Canarie, South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sete d'amore with Pedro Armendáriz, and Egypt. She worked with other important actors and directors internationally as Buster Keaton, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica. She preceded more famous Italian Hollywood divas as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. In the opinion of the press, she filtered with personalities as Tyrone Power, William Holden, Orson Welles, Omar Sharif, George DeWitt, Jimenez and Fidel Castro; despite of this she never married.
But her success was brief; in fact, in 1960s she left movie career to take care her parents, preferring to appear in television; additionally, she is Rosetta Pampanini's niece, an Italian soprano; in fact, before she became famous in the world, she wanted to become an opera singer.
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La strada lunga un anno (1958), Das Lied vom Verrat (1952) and Fluch der Schönheit (1953).
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Rome, Lazio Italy
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==Silvana Pampanini== (born 25 September 1925) is an Italian actress. She was [[Miss Italy]] in 1946 and the following year she started her movie career.
===Beauty pageant=== Pampanini was wrongly reported as Miss Rome of 1947. A caption in a 1952 newspaper said, "She is considered Italy's all-time beauty."
===Film=== This section relies largely or entirely upon a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. (January 2017)
===Silvana=== quickly became one of the most popular pin-up girls and movie stars in her country. She was considered a sex symbol throughout the 1950s. At the start of their career both Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren briefly appeared as extras in some films Pampanini starred in. The curvaceous brunette was usually dubbed when acting but used her voice when singing. Notably, she could speak French and Spanish, sing, dance, play the piano and she also recorded several songs.
===In a 1952=== worldwide publicized press statement she complained that middle-aged Hollywood actors like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart were too old to play romantic lovers. Then in 1955 she visited New York City, Denver and California, appeared on television but rejected film offers because of her poor command of the English language and her dislike of the American working schedule.
===Silvana=== was well-liked in France, where they nicknamed her Ninì Pampan, Spain, where she appeared in Tirma, Central and South America, especially in Mexico, where she starred in Sed de Amor with Pedro Armendáriz. Pampanini was often involved in arguments and controversies with film producers which eventually jeopardized her career. Nevertheless she successfully worked with distinguished actors and directors such as Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Totò, Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Abel Gance, Vittorio De Sica, Buster Keaton. The film O.K. Nero, in which Pampanini played the role of scantily dressed Empress Poppaea, was banned in certain places because of scenes that were considered indecent.
===Threats=== In 1954, Pampanini was sent a letter threatening that her home would be blown up if she did not leave a payment of 8 million lira in her car.
===Soon afterward,=== she went to Spain for three months to make a movie while police and agents of Lloyd's of London investigated the threat. A newspaper article reported that Pampanini's "bosom [was] insured with Lloyd's for $48,000."
===Personal life=== Although she was rumoured to have had several love affairs, mainly in Italy and Latin America, she never married or had children. She wrote an autobiography, Outrageously Respectable, published in 1996. She died on 6 January 2016, aged 90.
==Silvana Pampanini== Actress - ====Date of Birth==== 25 September 1925, Rome, Lazio, Italy
====Date of Death==== 6 January 2016, Rome, Italy
====Height==== 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Silvana Pampanini was born on September 25, 1925 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She was an actress and director, known for [[The Year Long Road]] (1958), [[The City Stands Trial]] (1952) and [[A Husband for Anna]] (1953). She died on January 6, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
===Trivia (8)=== She was one of the most popular actress of the 50s and the 60s.
==She was== acclaimed not only in Italy, but in France and Japan too.
===From the second half=== of the 60's she has been working more for TV than the big screen.
===Hosting=== the TV Show "Domenica In" [November 2002]
===She first came=== to prominence as a Miss Italy contestant in 1946; her failure to win caused a tabloid outcry.
===Gave up full-time=== acting to look after her elderly parents in the mid-1960's.
===Was nicknamed=== "Nini Pampan" in France.
===Eschewed=== repeated offers from Hollywood because of her poor command of English.
===In 1996,=== she released a memoir entitled "Scandalosamente perbene" (Shockingly Respectable).
===Was never married.===
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