25th September 1925 - 6th January 2016
Silvana Pampanini was born in Rome, region of Lazio, on 25th September 1925 to Venetian parents whose families had left Venice three generations earlier.
Silvana showed an early talent for acting and singing and eventually went to study at the famous music school 'Santa Cecelia Conservatoire' in Rome. It was while she was there that she entered the Miss Italy competition in 1946. She came second but there was such a public outcry at this result that the judges overturned the results and she was declared first equal with Rossana Martini.
Lo sparviero del Nilo with Enzo Fiermonte - 1949
La Bisarca - 1950
Bellezze in bicicletta - 1951
L'incantevole nemica with Buster Keaton - 1953
Silvana Pampanini never married but rumours linked her with such notable suitors as Ahmad Shah Khan(Crown Prince of Afghanistan), King Farouq of Egypt, Fidel Castro, Tyrone Power, William Holden, George DeWitt, Omar Sharif, Orson Welles and the tenor Giuseppe Campora. Outside of the glamour of show business she was a relatively private person and it is believe that she had one true love, a man ten years her senior who had died in 1952 from a war related illness one month before their wedding.
La principessa delle Canarie - 1954
Il Gaucho - 1964
Silvana Pampanini spent her final months in hospital recovering from a complex abdominal operation. Her funeral took place Friday, 8th January, at the Santa Croce Basilica in Rome.