Silvana Mangano

Silvana Mangano (* April 21, 1930 in Rome, † December 16, 1989 in Madrid) was an Italian actress.


Silvana Mangano took part in the legendary beauty contest Miss Italia 1947, in which also Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gianna Maria Canale as well as the eventual winner Lucia Bosè stood for election.

The breakthrough came Silvana Mangano in 1949 with the film Bitter Rice. Since then, she was one of the great female film stars in Italy. She became internationally known for her role as Penelope / Circe Ulysses alongside Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn.

She was married to the film producer Dino De Laurentiis in 1949 with whom she had four children. Since 1983, they lived apart, the marriage was never divorced.

Silvana Mangano was suffering from lung cancer. After an operation on 4 December 1989, she fell into a coma. She died in the night of 15 to 16 December, to have without regaining consciousness, at the age of 59 years in a hospital in Madrid (Spain).

Filmography (selection)