Anna Magnani

Actor, Nightclub singer
A volatile, commanding star of post-war Italian cinema, Anna Magnani was once described by director William Dieterle as "the last of the great shameless emotionalists". She gained international attention for her ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1908 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (15)

Risate di Gioia 2014 (Movie)

Tortorella (Actor)

Mamma Roma 1995 (Movie)

Mamma Roma (Actor)

The Golden Coach 1992 (Movie)

Camilla (Actor)

Io Sono Anna Magnani 1979 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

1870 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

Rosa Bombolini (Actor)

Made in Italy 1964 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The Wild, Wild Women 1961 (Movie)

Aggie (Actor)

The Fugitive Kind 1960 (Movie)

Lady Torrance (Actor)

Wild Is the Wind 1957 (Movie)

Gioia (Actor)

The Rose Tattoo 1955 (Movie)

Serafina Delle Rose (Actor)

L' Onorevole Angelina 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Open City 1946 (Movie)

Pina (Actor)

Molti Sogni Per Le Strade (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Biography

A volatile, commanding star of post-war Italian cinema, Anna Magnani was once described by director William Dieterle as "the last of the great shameless emotionalists". She gained international attention for her impassioned performance in Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" (1945). Though her early career had encompassed repertory work, musical comedy and vaudeville, Magnani subsequently tended to appear in tempestuous, earthy and maternal roles, such as the overbearing stage mother in Visconti's "Bellismima" (1951) and the passionate widow in her Oscar-winning Hollywood turn in "The Rose Tattoo" (1955), written by Tennessee Williams with her in mind.

Relationships

Luca Alessandrini

Son
born in 1942 father, Massimo Serrato later stricken with polio

Goffredo Alessandrini

Husband
Married in 1936 divorced in 1940

Marina Casadei

Mother
Italian

Walter Chiari

Companion

Francesco Magnani

Father
Egyptian

Roberto Rossellini

Companion
relationship ended c. 1949 when Rossellini became involved with Ingrid Bergman

Massimo Serato

Companion

Massimo Serrato

Companion
father of Magnani's son Luca

EDUCATION

Accademia d'Arte Drammatica

joined at age 17; left before finishing program to join a touring company

attended a French convent school in Rome

Milestones

1972

Final film appearance in a cameo in "Fellini's Roma"

1968

Final film performance in "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"

1966

Appeared on stage as Medea in Jean Anouilh's play, directed by Gian Carlo Menotti

1965

Returned to Italian stage in "La Lupa/She-Wolf" under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli

1955

Made first Hollywood film, "The Rose Tattoo"

1950

"Il Miracolo/The Miracle" segment of the 1947 film "L'Amore/Love" was banned by the Commissioner of Licenses as "blasphemous" when it opened in New York in December

1940

Appeared in first important film, "Teresa Venerdi/Friday Theresa" (directed by Vittorio de Sica)

1936

After marriage to Alessandrini, retired from stage and screen (except for "La principessa Tarakanova" 1938) because he felt her unsuitable as a screen actress; returned to stage in melodramatic roles

1935

Came to attention of film director Goffredo Alessandrini who cast her in a small part in "Cavalleria" (1936)

1934

Film acting debut in "La Cieca di Sorrento/The Blind Women of Sorrento"

1927

Film debut in bit part in silent film, "Scampolo"

1927

Toured Argentina

Worked in nightclubs where she sang street songs in a torchy contralto; also appeared in variety revues and by 1926 in experimental plays

Brought up in poverty by her maternal grandparents after her Egyptian father disappeared and her unmarried Italian mother departed for Egypt

Appeared in racy revues for servicemen during the American occupation of Rome after WWII

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