Silvana Pampanini (September 25, 1925 Rome, Lazio, Italy - January 6, 2016 Rome, Lazio, Italy) was an Italian actress who enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s.
In the first half of the 1950s, just before Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida achieved great fame, for a short but intense season, Pampanini was the most representative symbol of Italian beauty worldwide, together with Lucia Bosè and Silvana Mangano. He went on to shoot eight films in a year, sometimes working on two sets simultaneously. Unlike her colleagues, she had a solid musical background so she was also hired to record, on 78 and 45 rpm vinyl records, numerous songs that have never been republished on more modern media, except for some songs that can be streamed audio.
On the big screen Pampanini appeared, often dubbed in speech but rarely in singing, together with all the best Italian post-war actors: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Marcello Mastroianni, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Walter Chiari , Amedeo Nazzari, Renato Rascel, Raf Vallone, Nino Taranto, Massimo Girotti, Ugo Tognazzi, Carlo Dapporto, Paolo Stoppa, Rossano Brazzi, Massimo Serato, Folco Lulli, Aroldo Tieri, Carlo Campanini, Tino Scotti. Foreign partners: Jean Gabin, Henri Vidal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Raymond Pellegrin, Pierre Brasseur, Pedro Armendáriz and even Buster Keaton.