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Anna Magnani

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​

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Mar 7, 1908 1908-03-07 In Rome, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie La Cieca Di Sorrento 1934-04-30
Latest Project:
Movie Girlfriend in a Coma 2012-11-26
Known For
Poster of My Name is Anna Magnani
Poster of Quartetto pazzo
Poster of La vita è bella
Poster of La fortuna viene dal cielo
Movie Girlfriend in a Coma Maddalena Cecconi (archive footage) (uncredited) 2012-11-26
Movie Vittorio D 2009-09-17
Movie Bellissime Archival footage 2004-01-08
Movie Cinema Paradiso Maddalena Cecconi (archive footage) (uncredited) 1988-11-17
Movie My Name is Anna Magnani 1980-09-30
Movie Roma Anna Magnani 1972-03-15
Movie ...Correva l'anno di grazia 1870 Teresa Parenti 1972-01-07
Movie Tre donne - L'automobile Anna 1971-10-10
Movie Tre donne - 1943: Un incontro Jolanda 1971-10-03
Movie Tre donne - La sciantosa Flora Torres 1971-09-26
Movie The Secret of Santa Vittoria Rosa 1969-01-01
Movie Made in italy Adelina (segment "5 'La Famiglia', episode 3") 1965-09-03
Movie Le magot de Josefa Josefa 1963-08-22
Movie Mamma Roma Roma 1962-08-31
Movie The Passionate Thief Gioia Fabbricotti 1960-10-21
Movie The Fugitive Kind Lady Torrance 1960-04-14
Movie Hell in the City Egle 1959-04-01
Movie Wild Is the Wind Gioa 1957-12-11
Movie The Awakening 1956-10-17
Movie The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose 1955-12-12
Movie We, the Women Herself (segment "Anna Magnani") 1953-10-22
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Camicie rosse 1952-08-14
Movie The Golden Coach Camilla 1952-12-05
Movie Bellissima Maddalena Cecconi 1951-12-27
Movie Volcano Maddalena Natoli 1950-02-02
Movie Amore The woman (segment "Una voce umana") / Nannina (segment "Il miracolo") 1948-10-30
Movie Woman Trouble Linda Bertoni 1948-10-17
Movie Assunta Spina Assunta Spina 1948-03-10
Movie Lo sconosciuto di San Marino 1948-01-21
Movie Angelina Angelina Bianchi 1947-11-12
Movie Peddlin' in Society Gioconda Perfetti 1946-12-21
Movie The Bandit Lidia 1946-10-05
Movie Abbasso la miseria! 1945-07-19
Movie Quartetto pazzo 1945-08-22
Movie Rome, Open City Pina 1945-09-27
Movie The Last Wagon Mary Dunchetti 1943-12-02
Movie The Peddler and the Lady Elide 1943-06-24
Movie La vita è bella 1943-05-26
Movie La fortuna viene dal cielo Zizì 1942-03-26
Movie La fuggitiva Wanda Reni 1941-11-02
Movie Teresa Venerdì Maddalena/Loretta 1941-01-01
Movie Cavalleria Fanny 1936-10-23
Movie Quei due Pierotta 1935-01-01
Movie Tempo massimo Emilia - la cameriera 1934-12-30
Movie La Cieca Di Sorrento Anna, la sua amante 1934-04-30