Marisa Pavan (born Maria Luisa Pierangeli; 19 June 1932) is an Italian-born actress who first became known as the twin sister of film star Pier Angeli (Anna Maria Pierangeli) before achieving success in films on her own.
The daughter of a construction engineer, Marisa Pavan had no dramatic training when she signed a contract with Paramount at age 19. Her film debut came in What Price Glory (1952).
Pavan's breakthrough came in the film The Rose Tattoo (1955) as Anna Magnani's daughter. Her performance earned an Oscar 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 has 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; the couple divorced a few years later and then remarried and remained together until his death in 2001.
They had two sons: Jean-Claude (b. 1957) and Patrick (b. 1960)