Born: June 19, 1932
Birthplace: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Marisa Pavan (born Maria Luisa Pierangeli; 19 June 1932) is an Italian-born actress who first became famous as the twin sister of film star Pier Angeli (Anna Maria Pierangeli) before achieving success in films on her own.Pavan's film debut came in What Price Glory (1952).
The daughter of a construction engineer, Pavan had no dramatic training when she signed a contract with Paramount at age 19.
Her breakthrough came in the film The Rose Tattoo (1955) as Anna Magnani's daughter; her role was first assigned to Angeli, who then became unavailable to play the part. Her performance earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Pavan. She also won the Golden Globe Award for (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in the film.
Pavan co-starred in films such as Diane (1956), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), The Midnight Story (1957) and John Paul Jones (1959). She also played Abishag in King Vidor's biblical epic Solomon and Sheba (1959). Her later films included A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973), Antoine and Sebastian (1974) and the television miniseries The Moneychangers (1976). In 1985, she portrayed the role of Chantal Dubujak on Ryan's Hope.
On March 27, 1956, Pavan married French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont in Santa Barbara, California, and the couple remained together until his death in 2001. They had two sons.