Pier Angeli: Suicide, Beauty, And Timeless Photos
By | October 11, 2019
Italian ingenue Pier Angeli appeared in dozens of films over 20 years, and even won a Golden Globe in her short time in the spotlight. Her winning smile and coquettish demeanor made filmgoers and her costars alike fall absolutely head over heels for her in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Angeli’s onscreen career is overshadowed by her many romances with her co-stars; actors like Kirk Douglas, James Dean, and Vic Damone (whom she married) were all obsessed with her. Another classic Hollywood tale of tragedy, Angeli overdosed in her Beverly Hills home in 1971.
Angeli learned to act from her mother
Angeli was born Anna Maria Pierangeli in 1932, in Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. Her father was a construction worker and her mother an amateur actress. Along with that of her twin sister Maria, Angeli’s talent was cultivated by her mother to make sure the two girls were able to make a living from the silver screen. Angeli made her film debut in Domani é troppo Tardi (Tomorrow is Too Late) in 1949 after she was seen by director Léonide Moguy, the Russian born French film director. It wasn’t long before American producers took notice and brought her stateside.