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"She’s so different from all the rest of the dolls I’ve seen in pictures. She’s young but she’s got depth and philosophy. She’s gracious with people, knows how to handle them, something I’ve got to learn out here (Hollywood)." - James Dean on Pier Angeli

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Pier Angeli, photo by actor James Dean. She broke his heart when she married Vic Damone. I know how it feels to be rejected, James!

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Pier Angeli was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award.

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Dean and Angeli. He later said that she was the only woman he ever really loved.

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Pier Angeli - B. Anna Maria Pierangeli, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Twin Sister, actress Marisa Pavan. Angeli's film debut w/ Vittorio De Sica in Domani è troppo tardi (1950); MGM launched her 1st American film, Teresa, 1951. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, film saw joint debuts of Rod Steiger & John Ericson. Reviews compared her to Greta Garbo; won Golden Globe Award, New Star Of The Year. Under contract MGM in 1950s, series of films…

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Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life • John Updike • Photo: Pier Angeli, 1950

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