Anna Maria Pierangeli was born June 19, 1932, in Cagliari, Sardinia,Italy. Anna and her twin sister, 'Marisa Pavan' , both had theireyes on become film stars, since that was one of the big Italianpastimes. Anna adopted her surname and split it in half, and it was asPier Angeli that she would find fame. Her first role was an uncreditedpart in 1948's The Million Dollar Nickel (1952) , an Italianproduction.
Pier was 16 at the time and it was to be the first of manyroles for this beautiful woman. The film was largely forgettable but itwas a start. The following year she played in another Italianproduction, Domani è troppo tardi (1950) . Again it was a verysmall role, and she was not seen on the screen again until 1951. Between 1949 and 1951 she appeared in stage productions and found workin menial jobs.
When she did return it was in the film The Light Touch (1951) as Anna Vasarri. Later that year she wonthe title role in Teresa (1951) . However, she again hit adrought with only one film in 1952 and two in 1953. The next yearthings began to pick up, however, with Hollywood beckoning at her door. After the Italian Mam'zelle Nitouche (1954) she caught the eyesof Hollywood moguls, who cast her in Flame and the Flesh (1954) and The Silver Chalice (1954) .
Now she divided her time betweenItaly and the US making movies. She married 'Vic Damone' in 1954,a union that lasted only four years and produced one son. No film offers came in 1955, but in 1956 Pier landed the plum role ofNorma Graziano (wife of fighter 'Rocky Graziano (I)' ) in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) opposite'Paul Newman (I)' . The film was well received at the box officeand she had hopes that things were going to pick up again. She playedYnez in Port Afrique (1956) later that year and then anotherdrought ensued.
After The Vintage (1957) , Merry Andrew (1958) and SOS Pacific (1959) , she madethree more films in 1960. Then once again 1961 saw no appearances. In1962 Pier played Ildith in Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) and laterthat year played in a French production entitled L'ammutinamento (1961) . After the Italian production of Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117 (1964) she returned in the hitEuropean-American co-production Battle of the Bulge (1965) . After a handful of films between 1966 and 1970, Pier realized her dreamsof superstardom were not to be.
She had divorced her second husband('Armando Trovajoli' ) in 1969 and made her final appearance on thescreen in 1971 in the low-budget sci-fi opus Octaman (1971) . OnSeptember 10 of that year Pier was found dead of a barbiturate overdosein her Beverly Hills home. She was only 39 years old. .
|1||Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117||1964||as Lila Sinn|
|2||I moschettieri del mare||1962||as Consuelo / Gracia|
|3||Per mille dollari al giorno||1966||as Betty Benson|
|4||Val Parnells Sunday Night at the London Palladium||1955||as Herself|
|5||Addio Alexandra||1969||as Alexandra|
|6||Battle of the Bulge||1965||as Louise|
|7||Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo)||1965||as Paula Krauss|
|8||Caccia ai violenti||1968||as Ann Peterson|
|9||Domani è troppo tardi||1950||as Mirella|
|10||Domani è un altro giorno||1951||as Luisa|
|11||Estoril y sus fiestas||1960||as Herself|
|12||Flame and the Flesh||1954||as Lisa|
|13||James Dean: Forever Young||2005||as Herself|
|14||James Dean: The First American Teenager||1975||as Herself|
|15||Kol Mamzer Melech||1968||as Eileen|
|17||Mamzelle Nitouche||1954||as Denise de Flavigny/Nitouche|
|18||Meet Me in Las Vegas||1956||as Pier Angeli|
|19||Merry Andrew||1958||as Selena Gallini|
|20||MMM 83 - Missione Morte Molo 83||1966||as Hélène Blanchard|
|21||Nelle pieghe della carne||1970||as Falesse/Ester|
|22||Octaman||1971||as Susan Lowry|
|23||Port Afrique||1956||as Ynez|
|24||Quellamore particolare||1970||as Cecilia|
|25||Rose rosse per il führer||1968||as Marie|
|26||Sodom and Gomorrah||1962||as Ildith|
|27||Sombrero||1953||as Eufemia Calderon|
|28||Somebody Up There Likes Me||1956||as Norma|
|29||SOS Pacific||1959||as Teresa|
|30||Teresa||1951||as Teresa Russo|
|31||The Angry Silence||1960||as Anna Curtis|
|32||The Devil Makes Three||1952||as Wilhelmina (Willie) Lehrt|
|33||The Light Touch||1951||as Anna Vasarri|
|34||The Million Dollar Nickel||1952||as Herself|
|35||The Silver Chalice||1954||as Deborra|
|36||The Story of Three Loves||1953||as Nina Burkhardt (segment "Equilibrium")|
|37||The Vintage||1957||as Lucienne|
|38||¡Viva América!||1969||as Bambi|