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 Anna Magnani

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Anna Magnani Famous memorial

Birth
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Death
26 Sep 1973 (aged 65)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial
San Felice Circeo, Provincia di Latina, Lazio, Italy
Memorial ID
7676446 View Source

Actress. Raised in poverty by her maternal grandmother in Rome, Italy after her mother left her, she worked her way through Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art by singing in cabarets and nightclubs. She then began touring the countryside with small repertory companies. Although she had a small role in a silent film in the late 1920s, she was not known as a film actress until 1941's "Teresa Venerdi," directed by Vittorio DiSica. Her breakthrough film was Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" in 1945, generally regarded as the first commercially successful Italian "neorealist" film of the postwar years. It was the film that gained her an international reputation. From then on, she never stopped working in films and in television, winning an Academy Award for her performance in the screen version of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" (she and Williams were close friends), and working all of Italy's leading directors of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. She was famous for her earthy, passionate, woman-of-the-soil" roles. She and Rossellini were lovers for some years after "Open City," until he began his infamous affair with Ingrid Bergman. Anna had one child out of wedlock by Italian actor Massimo Serato, the boy later stricken with polio and Anna dedicated her life to caring for him. Her one marriage, to Italian director Goffredo Alessandrini in the mid 1930s, lasted only a short while and ended in an annulment. Her last film was Fellini's "Roma," in 1972.

Actress. Raised in poverty by her maternal grandmother in Rome, Italy after her mother left her, she worked her way through Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art by singing in cabarets and nightclubs. She then began touring the countryside with small repertory companies. Although she had a small role in a silent film in the late 1920s, she was not known as a film actress until 1941's "Teresa Venerdi," directed by Vittorio DiSica. Her breakthrough film was Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" in 1945, generally regarded as the first commercially successful Italian "neorealist" film of the postwar years. It was the film that gained her an international reputation. From then on, she never stopped working in films and in television, winning an Academy Award for her performance in the screen version of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" (she and Williams were close friends), and working all of Italy's leading directors of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. She was famous for her earthy, passionate, woman-of-the-soil" roles. She and Rossellini were lovers for some years after "Open City," until he began his infamous affair with Ingrid Bergman. Anna had one child out of wedlock by Italian actor Massimo Serato, the boy later stricken with polio and Anna dedicated her life to caring for him. Her one marriage, to Italian director Goffredo Alessandrini in the mid 1930s, lasted only a short while and ended in an annulment. Her last film was Fellini's "Roma," in 1972.

Bio by: Tanya Jackson

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Tanya Jackson
  • Added: 11 Jul 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7676446
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7676446/anna-magnani: accessed ), memorial page for Anna Magnani (7 Mar 1908–26 Sep 1973), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7676446, citing Cimitero Comunale di San Felice Circeo, San Felice Circeo, Provincia di Latina, Lazio, Italy; Maintained by Find a Grave.