|PERT pretty Pier Angeli can sing! She
can sing with heart, tenderness and with a cer¬tain frankness and
naivete that is totally dis¬arming. Her voice may not be classic in
training or, marked with the knowing touch of experience, but it is
fresh, vibrant and carries a ring of sincerity.
In her initial debut as a recording artist, Pier has wisely chosen to
sing songs that are close to the heart, songs she understands.
These are the songs of her native Italy, and her awareness of their
origin is quite evident in every note she sings. All of these songs have
been performed countless times before, but Pier manages to breathe a
simple, unspoiled yet eloquent new life into these old world favorites.
She 'knows each and every song well and she manages to do very well by
them. This first album will, for young Pier Angeli, mark the successful
launch¬ing of still another career.
When Hollywood first saw this wistful and appealing charmer in the film
"Teresa" back in 1950, it knew immediately that a yew star had been
born. Italian-born Pier Angeli has more than justified this belief with
her acting per¬formances in such motion pictures as "The Story Of Three
Loves," "Sombrero," "Flame And The Flesh" and "Somebody Up There Likes
Born in Sardinia as Anna Maria Pierangeli, she entered the world only a
few seconds before her twin sister, Maria Luisa, Her parents came from
Pesaro on the Adriatic, not far from Ri¬mini. Her father, a construction
engineer, estab¬lished his home in Sardinia while engaged in public
works projects. Later in 1935, he moved with his family to Rome where he
became suc¬cessful as an architect.
From the outset, Pier's father was violently opposed to his daughter
making any attempt at an acting career. Had it not been for her mother,
she might never have begun the quest. Mrs. Pier¬angeli had always
dreamed of being an actress, and for nearly ten years successfully
participated in amateur productions throughout northern Italy. It was
Pier's mother who encouraged her when her big chance finally came.
The big chance came in the form of French film director Leonide Moguy,
who happened to meet Bier at the home of a friend.
He tested her for a leading role in a film he was planning called
"Tomorrow Is Too Late." The test was a success and Pier was signed to
co-star opposite Vittorio De Sica. Since "Tomorrow Is Too Late," Pier
Angeli has moved on to the dazzling and glamorous heights of movie
Since her arrival in the United States, Pier has learned to speak
English fluently, has travellled extensively and in 1954 married Vic
Damone, a young chap who does pretty well as a singer himself. In 1955
Vic and Pier became the parents of a boy with the very long monicker of
Perry Rocco Luigi Damone.
This album adds a fresh new laurel to an al¬ready glowin wreath. Like
all her other laurels, she wears ihis one well. Her voice brings a new
lilt to euch Italian classics as "Non Ti Scordar Di Me" (Say You Will
Not Forget Me), "Anema E Core," "Amore Baciami," and "Luna Rossa.
She also includes two very recent Italian songs that took America by
storm—"Torero" and "Vol- are."
Pier Angeli conveys in this album the same youthful 'and refreshing
beauty that her physical features do when they are flashed on the silver
screen. She has been caught on this record in much the same manner as
she has been caught so often on camera.
You will like Pier Angeli the singer. It is. a role that suits her
nicely and this is clearly indicated in every note of every song she