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.… 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 The two married the same year, and he subsequently directed her in her first major film role in The Blind Woman of Sorrento (La Cieca di Sorrento) in 1934.
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) with the writer and director Vittorio De Sica. … Read More
1942 34 Years Old Magnani had a love affair with the actor Massimo Serato, by whom she had her only child, a son named Luca, who was born on October 29, 1942 in Rome, after her separation from Alessandrini. … Read More


1953 45 Years Old Magnani then went on to star as Camille (stage name: Columbine) in Jean Renoir's film Le Carrosse d'or (also known as The Golden Coach) in 1953. … 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 an Oscar in 1955. … Read More


1959 51 Years Old Magnani worked with Tennessee Williams again for the 1959 film, The Fugitive Kind (originally titled, Orpheus Descending) directed by Sidney Lumet, in which 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 woman". … Read More


1973 66 Years Old Magnani died at the age of 65 in Rome from pancreatic cancer in 1973. … Read More
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