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Anna Maria Pierangeli
(Pier Angeli)

June 19, 1932  - - -  September 10, 1971

Anna Maria Pierangeli was born on June 19, 1932 in Sardina, Italy. Maria Pavan was her twin sister, they both had their eyes on film since that was one of the big Italian pastimes at that time. Anna adopted her surname and became Pier Angeli. Her first role would be an uncredited part in 1948's The Million Dollar Nickel, an Italian production.  

Pier had very much been in love with James Dean, but her mother worked hard to separate them because James Dean was not Catholic.  Instead her mother had chosen Vic Damone as a husband for Pier. They were married in 1954, Angeli and Damone had one son together during that 4-year marriage.

Pier divorced her second husband, Armando Trovajoli, in 1969 and made her final appearance on the silver screen in 1971 in a film called Octaman. On September 10 of that same year, Pier was found dead of a drug overdose (barbiturates) in her Beverly Hills home at the age of 39.  Before she died, it is said that she wrote that James Dean was the only man she ever really loved.

Pier Angeli and husband Vic Damone at home with their 1956 Ford Thunderbird March 15, 1957
Photo by Richard Miller - All Rights Reserved, 1978 Richard Miller

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