Anna Maria Pierangeli

  • Born: (Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy)
  • Died: (Beverly Hills, California, USA) age 39

Anna Maria Pierangeli, also known under the pseudonym of Pier Angeli in English-speaking countries, was an Italian actress also active in American cinema in the fifties and sixties.

At 17 she was noticed by director Léonide Moguy, who was looking for a new face for her new film. So, despite her father's opposition, Pierangeli made her debut alongside Vittorio De Sica in the melò Domani è troppo tardi directed by Moguy. This first film, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1950, recorded a great success with the public and the following year made her win the Nastro d'argento for the best leading actress, a case then unique in the history of Italian cinema in which a debutant actress immediately won a prize for her performance. After the death of her father and a similar film for the same director (Domani è un altro giorno), Anna Maria was invited to Hollywood where she made her debut with Teresa, directed by Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann and shot outdoors in Rome. Of small build and small in stature but fresh, spontaneous, polite, with an innocent look and a disarming smile, Anna Maria had an immediate and unreserved success.

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