Anna Magnani Overview:

Legendary actress, Anna Magnani, was born on Mar 7, 1908 in Rome, Italy. Magnani died at the age of 65 on Sep 26, 1973 in Rome, Italy and was laid to rest in Cimitero Comunale Cemetery in San Felice Circeo, Lazio, Italy.



Anna Magnani was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for The Rose Tattoo (as Serafina Della Rose) in 1955.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best ActressThe Rose Tattoo (1955)Serafina Della RoseWon
1957Best ActressWild Is the Wind (1957)GioiaNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Anna Magnani Quotes:

Camilla: At the end of the second act, when Colombine goes, driven away by her masters, there is a tradition you seem not to know. The comedians bow to her.

Italo Bombolini: It's nice to have a hot meal before you die.
Rosa Bombolini: You aren't going to die.
Italo Bombolini: I'm the mayor, no? The Germans come. I greet them. They threaten me! I spit in their face! They put a pistol to my head and blow out my brains!
Rosa Bombolini: Why would they put a pistol to your head? The whole world knows Bombolini's brains are in his ass.

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Anna Magnani Facts
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 Williams. A film adaptation is in the works.

Is portrayed by Lina Sastri in Celluloid (1995)

Had an extremely tempestuous relationship with Roberto Rossellini beginning in 1944 and ended when he deserted her for Ingrid Bergman. She was known to have hurled crockery at him during their volatile times. In describing her, he reportedly stated that, "She was born carrying her liver in her teeth".

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