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Anna Magnani (pronounced: mahn-YANEE; 7 March 1908 – 26 September 1973) was an Italian stage and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo.

Born in Rome to an Egyptian father and an Italian mother, she worked her way through Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art by singing at night clubs. During her career, her only child was stricken by polio when he was 18 months old and remained crippled.

She was referred to as "La Lupa," the "perennial toast of Rome" and a "living she-wolf symbol" of the cinema. Time magazine described her personality as "fiery", and drama critic Harold Clurman said her acting was "volcanic". In the realm of Italian cinema, she was "passionate, fearless, and exciting," an actress that film historian Barry Monush calls "the volcanic earth mother of all Italian cinema." Director Roberto Rossellini called her "the greatest acting genius since Eleonora Duse. Playwright Tennessee Williams became an admirer of her acting and wrote The Rose Tattoo specifically for her to star in, a role for which she received her first Oscar in 1955.

After meeting director Goffredo Alessandrini she received her first screen role in La cieca di Sorrento (The Blind Woman of Sorrento) (1934) and later achieved international fame in Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945), considered the first significant movie to launch the Italian neorealism movement in cinema. As an actress she became recognized for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of "earthy lower-class women" in such films as The Miracle (1948), Bellissima (1951), The Rose Tattoo (1955), The Fugitive Kind (1960), with Marlon Brando and directed by Sidney Lumet, and Mamma Roma (1962). As early as 1950, Life magazine had already stated that Magnani was "one of the most impressive actresses since Garbo".

Description above from the Wikipedia article Anna Magnani, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Anna Magnani (pronounced: mahn-YANEE; 7 March 1908 – 26 September 1973) was an Italian stage and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo.

Born in Rome to an Egyptian father and an Italian mother, she worked her way through Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art by singing at night clubs. During her career, her only child was stricken by polio when he was 18 months old and remained crippled.

She was referred to as "La Lupa," the "perennial toast of Rome" and a "living she-wolf symbol" of the cinema. Time magazine described her personality as "fiery", and drama critic Harold Clurman said her acting was "volcanic". In the realm of Italian cinema, she was "passionate, fearless, and exciting," an actress that film historian Barry Monush calls "the volcanic earth mother of all Italian cinema." Director Roberto Rossellini called her "the greatest acting genius since Eleonora Duse. Playwright Tennessee Williams became an admirer of her acting and wrote The Rose Tattoo specifically for her to star in, a role for which she received her first Oscar in 1955.

After meeting director Goffredo Alessandrini she received her first screen role in La cieca di Sorrento (The Blind Woman of Sorrento) (1934) and later achieved international fame in Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945), considered the first significant movie to launch the Italian neorealism movement in cinema. As an actress she became recognized for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of "earthy lower-class women" in such films as The Miracle (1948), Bellissima (1951), The Rose Tattoo (1955), The Fugitive Kind (1960), with Marlon Brando and directed by Sidney Lumet, and Mamma Roma (1962). As early as 1950, Life magazine had already stated that Magnani was "one of the most impressive actresses since Garbo".

Description above from the Wikipedia article Anna Magnani, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1908-03-07

Day of Death 1973-09-26

Place of Birth Rome, Italy

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 The Italian Jobs: Paramount Pictures e l'Italia
2012 Girlfriend in a Coma as Maddalena Cecconi (archive footage) (uncredited)
2012 The War of the Volcanoes as Herself (Archive footage)
2009 Vittorio D.
2004 Bellissime as Archival footage
2003 Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album as Archival Footage
1994 Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage as Serafina Delle Rose / Lady Torrance (archive footage)
1985 Bellissimo: Images of the Italian Cinema as Herself
1980 My Name Is Anna Magnani
1972 Roma as Anna Magnani
1972 ...Correva l'anno di grazia 1870 as Teresa Parenti
1971 Tre donne - L'automobile as Anna
1971 Tre donne - 1943: Un incontro as Jolanda
1971 Three women. Singer as Flora Torres
1969 The Secret of Santa Vittoria as Rosa
1965 Made in Italy as Adelina (segment "5 'La Famiglia', episode 3")
1963 Le magot de Josefa as Josefa
1962 Mamma Roma as Roma
1960 The Passionate Thief as Gioia Fabbricotti
1960 The Fugitive Kind as Lady Torrance
1959 Hell in the City as Egle
1957 Wild Is the Wind as Gioa
1956 The Awakening
1955 The Rose Tattoo as Serafina Delle Rose
1953 We, the Women as Herself (segment "Anna Magnani")
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1952 The Golden Coach as Camilla
1952 Anita Garibaldi
1951 Bellissima as Maddalena Cecconi
1950 Volcano as Maddalena Natoli
1948 Amore as The woman (segment "Una voce umana") / Nannina (segment "Il miracolo")
1948 Woman Trouble as Linda Bertoni
1948 Assunta Spina as Assunta Spina
1948 Lo sconosciuto di San Marino
1947 Angelina as Angelina Bianchi
1946 Peddlin' in Society as Gioconda Perfetti
1946 The Bandit as Lidia
1946 Before Him All Rome Trembled
1946 Revenge as Adele Vicarelli
1945 Rome, Open City as Pina
1945 Quartetto pazzo as Elena
1945 Abbasso la miseria!
1943 The Last Wagon as Mary Dunchetti
1943 The Peddler and the Lady as Elide
1943 La vita è bella
1942 La fortuna viene dal cielo as Zizì
1941 La fuggitiva as Wanda Reni
1941 Teresa Venerdì as Maddalena/Loretta
1936 Cavalleria as Fanny
1935 Quei due as Pierotta
1934 Tempo massimo as Emilia - la cameriera
1934 La Cieca Di Sorrento as Anna, la sua amante

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