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.


Dark-haired, tempestuous, wild-eyed, angry-looking, Egyptian-born (some sources say Italian-born in 1903 or 1908) actress who, raised in Rome, became Italy's top star in post-war years. Despite a matronly figure, she took Hollywood by storm with the gale-force strength of her impassioned performances. She won an Oscar for The Rose Tattoo, and Paramount invited her back twice more. She was Oscar-nominated again for Wild is the Wind. Died, amid national mourning in Italy, from complications following a gall-bladder operation.

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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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Her 1933 marriage to director Goffredo Alessandrini ended in 1940 but it was until 1950 that the marriage was annulled.

Her son, Cellino, the product of a torrid affair with actor Massimo Serato, was a victim of infantile polio and Anna sent him to a Swiss clinic for treatments. Although he could walk with braces, most of his life was spent in a wheelchair. She was awarded Italy's Golden Violet Award as an exemplary mother for her devotion.

She and Roberto Rossellini always remained friends.

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