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Anna Magnani Biography and Filmography
Anna Magnani
Birthday: March 7, 1908
Birth Place: Rome, Latium, Italy
Height: 5' 3"
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Of the many foreign actresses to earn international success, most — Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollabrigida, to name a few — were bombshells, sex symbols in the classic mold. Anna Magnani was the exception; earthy and unkempt, she was neither glamorous nor statuesque, yet radiated such fierce intelligence and sensuality that she became a major star, and along with Guilietta Masina she reigned as the most celebrated Italian actress of the postwar era. Born March 7, 1908, in Alexandria, Egypt, Magnani was raised by her grandmother in the slums of Rome. She studied acting at Santa Cecilia's Corso Eleanora Duse but began her performing career as a nightclub singer before moving on to variety theaters and stock. While singing in San Remo, she married filmmaker Goffredo Alessandri in 1933 and through him Magnani met director Nunzio Malasomma, who cast her in a lead role in his 1934 effort La Cieca di Sorrento. Under Alessandri, she next appeared in 1936's Cavalleria, followed in 1938 by Mario Soldati's Tarakanova. Magnani also continued pursuing a theatrical career, starring in productions of The Petrified Forest and Anna Christie. Despite her stage success, however, she struggled in film, landing only small roles in pictures including 1940's Una Lampada alla Finestra and 1941's Finalmente Soli. A lead role in Vittorio de Sica's Teresa Venerdi earned good notices, but Magnani then returned to supporting turns, appearing opposite Roberto Villa in 1942's La Fortuna Viene de Cielo. After giving birth to a son by actor Massimo Serato, Magnani was absent for performing for over a year. Upon returning to work in 1943, her options were extremely limited — the escalation of the war had resulted in a ban on all foreign plays — so she appeared in a revue, Cantachiaro No. 2. She also appeared with Aldo Fabrizi in a pair of films, the Mario Mattoli thriller L'Ultima Carrozzella and the comedy Campo di Fiori, and in 1944 she accepted a small role in Il Fiore sotto gli Occhi. While the Italian film industry was already in a state of chaos throughout the course of World War II, the German occupation almost crippled it for good. Under extraordinarily difficult conditions, director Roberto Rossellini began work on Roma, Citt
Automobile, L' (1972)
Correva l'anno di grazia 1870 (1971)
Sciantosa, La (1970)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
1943: un incontro (1969)
Made in Italy (1967)
[ Sylva Koscina ]
Magot de Josefa, Le (1963)
Mamma Roma (1962)
Risate di gioia (1960)
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
[ Joanne Woodward ][ Maureen Stapleton ]
Nella città l'inferno (1959)
Wild Is the Wind (1957)
Suor Letizia (1957)
The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Carosello del varietà (1955)
[ Josephine Baker ]
Carrosse d'or, Le (1953)
Camicie rosse (1952)
Bellissima (1951)
Vulcano (1950)
Assunta Spina (1948)
Amore, L' (1948)
Molti sogni per le strade (1948)
Onorevole Angelina, L' (1947)
Abbasso la ricchezza! (1946)
Bandito, Il (1946)
Avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma (1946)
Sconosciuto di San Marino, Lo (1946)
Uomo ritorna, Un (1946)
Abbasso la miseria! (1945)
Roma, città aperta (1945)
Quartetto pazzo (1945)
Fiore sotto gli occhi, Il (1944)
Ultima carrozzella, L' (1943)
Assi della risata, Gli (1943)
Campo de' fiori (1943)
Vita è bella, La (1943)
Avventura di Annabella, L' (1943)
Fortuna viene dal cielo, La (1942)
Finalmente soli (1942)
Teresa Venerdì (1941)
Fuggitiva, La (1941)
Lampada alla finestra, Una (1940)
Principessa Tarakanova, La (1938)
Cavalleria (1936)
Trenta secondi d'amore (1936)
Quei due (1935)
Tempo massimo (1934)
Cieca di Sorrento, La (1934)
Scampolo (1928)
  • Tennessee Williams, after meeting her, said, "I never saw a more beautiful woman, enourmous eyes, skin the color of Devonshire cream."
  • Her beloved son Luca is the result of a brief affair with Italian matinee idol Massimo Serato.
  • Her friendship with Tennessee Williams was the subject of an Off-Broadway play in New York, Roman Nights, by Franco D'Alessandro, which starred Franca Barchiesi as Magnani and Roy Miller as Tennessee Williams. It is currently being prepared as a film.
  • Convinced that she would never win the Oscar for "The Rose Tattoo," she didn't attend the ceremony, and the reporter who woke her out of a sound sleep in Rome to give her the news had a difficult time convincing her he wasn't kidding. "You're lying," Magnini supposedly said. "If this is a joke, I'll kill you!"
  • Grandmother of Italian actress Olivia Magnani
  • Tennessee Williams wrote the role of Serafina in his play "The Rose Tattoo" for Anna Magnani, but her English skills were too limited to appear in the 1951 Broadway production. Instead, Maureen Stapleton played the role to great acclaim. Stapleton also would originate the role of Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending," a role Magnani also would play on film.

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