Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani

actress, writer, soundtrack

Anna Magnani was born on Mar 07, 1908 in Italy. Anna Magnani's big-screen debut came with The Blind Woman of Sorrento directed by Nunzio Malasomma in 1934. Anna Magnani is known for Roma directed by Federico Fellini, Peter Gonzales Falcon stars as Fellini, Age 18 and Fiona Florence as Dolores - Young Prostitute. Anna Magnani has got 23 awards and 6 nominations so far. The most recent award Anna Magnani achieved is Golden Globes, Italy. The upcoming new movie Anna Magnani plays is 1870 which will be released on Sep 26, 1973.

Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never knew his name. Raised in poverty by her maternal grandmother in Rome after her mother left her, Anna worked her way through Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art by singing in cabarets and night-clubs, then began touring the countryside with small repertory companies.Although she had a small role in a silent film in the late 1920s, she was not known as a film actress until Mademoiselle Vendredi (1941), directed by Vittorio De Sica. Her break-through film was Roberto Rossellini's Rome, ville ouverte (1945) (A.K.A. Open City), generally regarded as the first commercially successful Italian neorealist film of the postwar years and the one that won her an international reputation. From then on, she didn't stop working in films and television, winning an Academy Award for her performance in the screen version of Tennessee Williams' La rose tatouée (1955), a part that was written for her by her close friend Williams. She worked with all of Italy's leading directors of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.She was renowned for her earthy, passionate, woman-of-the-soil roles. She and Rossellini were lovers for some years after Open City, until he began his infamous affair with Ingrid Bergman. She had one child, Luca, with Italian actor Massimo Serato. The boy was later stricken with polio and Magnani dedicated her life to caring for him. Her only marriage, to Italian director Goffredo Alessandrini in the mid-1930s, lasted only a short while and ended in an annulment. Her last film was Federico Fellini's Fellini Roma (1972). She died in her native Rome from pancreatic cancer the following year at age sixty-five.

  • Birthday

    Mar 07, 1908
  • Place of Birth

    Rome, Lazio, Italy

Known For


23 wins & 6 nominations

Golden Globes, Italy
Best Actress (Migliore Attrice)
Winner - Golden Globe
Venice Film Festival
Best Actress
Winner - New Cinema Award
Suor Letizia (1956)
Winner - Special Mention
Best Actress
Winner - International Award
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