Silvana Mangano (April 21, 1930 – December 16, 1989) was an Italian actress. Known for her appearance, at a young age she won a Miss Rome beauty pagent, which led her to cinema. The movie that brought her to stardom was Bitter Rice and she continued to have success in cinema without ever surpassing Sophia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida's level of stardom. Born in Rome to an Italian father and an English mother, Mangano lived in poor times caused by the war. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model.