Anna Magnani

Born Mar 7, 1908

Anna Magnani 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, 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.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on March 7, 1908.


1933 25 Years Old Early film roles In 1933 she was acting in experimental plays in Rome when she was discovered by Italian filmmaker Goffredo Alessandrini. … Read More
1934 26 Years Old He then directed her in her first major film role in La Cieca di Sorrento (The Blind Maid of Sorrento) in 1934. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old She married her first film director, Goffredo Alessandrini, in 1935, two years after he discovered her on stage. … Read More


1941 33 Years Old In 1941, Magnani starred in Teresa Venerdì, (Friday Theresa) which the writer and director, Vittorio De Sica, called Magnani's "first true film". … Read More


…  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. … Read More


1959 51 Years Old Magnani worked with Tennessee Williams again in his 1959 film, The Fugitive Kind (originally titled, Orpheus Descending) directed by Sidney Lumet, where she played Lady Torrance and starred with Marlon Brando. … Read More
1963 55 Years Old …  Magnani in 1963 commented, "I’m bored stiff with these everlasting parts as a hysterical, loud, working-class women". … Read More


1973 66 Years Old Died on September 26, 1973.
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