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I went on a recent binge buying cheap vintage magazines on eBay and while flipping through a Vogue from 1972 I was struck by the spectacular bohemian elegance of Silvana Mangano, a “secret star” who “rejects fame to live on a country farm as the woman she wants to be – a wife and mother.”

I’m floored by her intriguing beauty and her lifestyle but have to admit, I’ve only seen her on screen in here late career role as the Reverend Mother Ramallo in Dune. Must add more to my netflix queue! It turns out that her family is a bit more familiar to me: her husband was the late mega-producer Dino de Laurentis (Barbarella, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, Dune, Manhunter, Blue Velvet, etc); her granddaughter is the shiny toothed food hostess Giada de Laurentiis.

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Posted on November 22, 2009

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  • From Andrew MacLeod on January 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Silvana Magnano has a rare kind of beauty… it’s really worth seeing her in Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex.

  • From DAVID YOUNG on August 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    it is hard to say bacause their is or was so much potential in her life unanswered.brilliant beauty in her own right. but the productions didnt match her talent and i cant help but to think of others more justifing of her capacity as a performer. She is still a miss Italy to a me,yes?no?!yes!!!!!VI mus go nOw. Poopio la strava [GA] primo grande supreme plopperston.