Italian motion-picture actress. Born Giulia Anna Masina, she made her screen debut in "Without Pity" (1948). Over the following years, she played many memorable roles in such films as: "Behind Closed Shutters," "Variety Lights," the Oscar-winning "La Strada" with Anthony Quinn, and the widely acclaimed "Nights of Cabiria," which again won an Oscar and brought her the award for Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival. Married for 50 years to legendary film director Federico Fellini, she died less than 5 months after her husband.
Bio by: MC