Vanna Vanni, ca. 1938
Maria Angelica Giovanna Pegna
7 January 1915
|Died||6 March 1998 83) (aged|
Rome, Lazio, Italy
|Other names||Vanna Pegna|
Life and career
Vanni was born in Florence as Maria Angelica Giovanna Pegna. She has been described as a graceful and elegant brunette, 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."
Her first cinematic role was in Perché no? (1930), directed by Amleto Palermi, and in her first films she was credited as Vanna Pegna. 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. She also worked with directors such as Raffaello Matarazzo, Gennaro Righelli, Giorgio Simonelli, and Eduardo De Filippo.
She retired from film in 1943 and died in Rome in 1998.
- Perché no? (1930) (as Vanna Pegna)
- The Doctor's Secret (1931) (as Vanna Pegna)
- Il serpente a sonagli (1935) (as Vanna Pegna)
- Golden Arrow (1935)
- La gondola delle chimere (1936)
- Sette giorni all'altro mondo (1936)
- L'uomo che sorride (1936)
- King of Diamonds (1936)
- I fratelli Castiglioni (1937)
- Ho perduto mio marito (I've Lost My Husband!) (1937)
- Le educande di Saint-Cyr (1939)
- The Knight of San Marco (1939)
- L'imprevisto (1940)
- Un marito per il mese di aprile (1941)
- Se non son matti non li vogliamo (1941)
- Torrents of Spring (1942)
- Non ti pago! (1942)
- 4 ragazze sognano (1943)
- Non Mi Muovo! (1943)
- Ti conosco, mascherina! (1943)
- Chiti, Roberto; Lancia, Enrico (2005). I film: Tutti i film italiani dal 1930 al 1944. Gremese. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
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