27 Facts About Anna Magnani


Anna Magnani was known for her explosive acting and earthy, realistic portrayals of characters.


Anna Magnani was enrolled in a French convent school in Rome, where she learned to speak French and play the piano.


Anna Magnani developed a passion for acting from watching the nuns stage their Christmas plays.


Anna Magnani was a "plain, frail child with a forlornness of spirit".


Anna Magnani's grandparents compensated by pampering her with food and clothes.


In 1933, Anna Magnani was acting in experimental plays in Rome when she was discovered by Italian filmmaker Goffredo Alessandrini.


For director Vittorio De Sica, Anna Magnani starred in Teresa Venerdi.

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De Sica described Anna Magnani's laugh as "loud, overwhelming, and tragic".


Anna Magnani gained international renown as Pina in Roberto Rossellini's neorealist Rome, Open City.


Anna Magnani then went on to star as Camille in Jean Renoir's film The Golden Coach.


Anna Magnani played a woman torn with desire for three men - a soldier, a bullfighter, and a viceroy.


Anna Magnani played the widowed mother of a teenaged daughter in Daniel Mann's 1955 film, The Rose Tattoo, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.


Anna Magnani was as unconventional a woman as I have known in or out of my professional world, and if you understand me at all, you must know that in this statement I am making my personal estimate of her honesty, which I feel was complete.


Anna Magnani never exhibited any lack of self-assurance, any timidity in her relations with that society outside of whose conventions she quite publicly existed.


Anna Magnani won other Best Actress awards for her role, including the BAFTA Film Award, Golden Globes Award, National Board of Review, USA, and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.


Anna Magnani worked with Tennessee Williams again for the 1960 film The Fugitive Kind directed by Sidney Lumet, in which she played Lady Torrance and starred with Marlon Brando.


Anna Magnani is simply a rare being who seems to have about her a little lightning-shot cloud all her own.


Mamma Roma, while one of Anna Magnani's critically acclaimed films, was not released in the United States until 1995, deemed too controversial 33 years earlier.


Anna Magnani later played herself in Federico Fellini's Roma.


Anna Magnani was the atypical star, the "nonglamorous human being", as her genuine style of acting became a "rejection of glamour".


Anna Magnani's most distinguished work in Hollywood is in Wild Is the Wind, according to Wood.


Anna Magnani married Goffredo Alessandrini, her first film director, in 1935, two years after he discovered her on stage.


Anna Magnani had a love affair with actor Massimo Serato, by whom she had her only child, a son named Luca, who was born on 29 October 1942 in Rome, after her separation from Alessandrini.


Anna Magnani was mystically inclined and consulted astrologers, as well as believing in numerology.


Anna Magnani ate and drank very little and could subsist for long periods on nothing more than black coffee and cigarettes.

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On 26 September 1973, Anna Magnani died at the age of 65 in Rome from pancreatic cancer.


Anna Magnani was provisionally laid to rest in the family mausoleum of Roberto Rossellini; but then subsequently interred in the Cimitero Comunale of San Felice Circeo in southern Lazio.