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November 19, 2019

45 Glamorous Photos of Silvana Mangano in the 1950s and '60s

Born 1930 in Rome, Italian actress lived in poverty during the World War II. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model.

In 1946, at age 16, Mangano won the Miss Rome beauty pageant, and through this, she obtained a role in a Mario Costa film. One year later, she became a contestant in the Miss Italia contest. The contest that year became a springboard for a pool of potential actresses, including the winner Lucia Bosé, Mangano and several other future stars of Italian cinema such as Gina Lollobrigida, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale.

Mangano signed a contract with Lux Film in 1949. Though she never scaled the heights of her contemporaries Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Mangano remained a favorite star between the 1950s and 1970s, appearing in Anna (1951), The Gold of Naples (1954), Mambo (1955), Theorem (1968), Death in Venice (1971), and The Scientific Cardplayer (1972).

Mangano died of lung cancer in Madrid, Spain in 1989 at the age of 59.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Silvana Mangano in the 1950s and 1960s.


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