Vanna Vanni

Vanna Vanni (7 January 1915[1] – 6 March 1998) was an Italian film actress. She was in thirty-one films between 1930 and 1943.

Vanna Vanni
Vanna Vanni, ca. 1938
Maria Angelica Giovanna Pegna

(1915-01-07)7 January 1915
Florence, Italy
Died6 March 1998(1998-03-06) (aged 83)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Other namesVanna Pegna
Years active1930-1943

Life and career

Vanni was born in Florence[1] as Maria Angelica Giovanna Pegna. She has been described as a graceful and elegant brunette,[1] and the New York Times film critic, Frank Nugent, wrote in a review of I've Lost My Husband! that she was "one of the prettiest girls in the Italian film industry."[2]

Her first cinematic role was in Perché no? (1930), directed by Amleto Palermi, and in her first films she was credited as Vanna Pegna.[1] Vanni was one of the most prolific actresses in Italian cinema between mid-1930s and 1940s; specialized in comedy films, she got some critical acclaim for her dramatic turn in Esodo Pratelli's Se non son matti non li vogliamo.[1] She also worked with directors such as Raffaello Matarazzo, Gennaro Righelli, Giorgio Simonelli, and Eduardo De Filippo.[1]

She retired from film in 1943 and died in Rome in 1998.

Selected filmography


  1. Lancia, Enrico; Poppi, Roberto (2003). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Le attrici. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 9788884402141. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. Nugent, Frank S. (20 October 1939). "Movie Review: At the Cinecitta". New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
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