Anna Magnani Biography

Theater Actress, Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress (1908–1973)
Academy-award winning Italian stage and film actress Anna Magnani was in the movie Open City, and inspired playwright Tennessee Williams to pen The Rose Tattoo.


Anna Magnani was born on March 7, 1908, in Rome, Italy. She made her stage debut in 1926 while also a nightclub performer. In 1934, she made her Italian film debut and continued to work in theater. In 1945, she gained fame with Open City. In 1954, her performance in The Rose Tattoo earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. By the 1960s she struggled to find roles. She died on September 26, 1973 in Rome, Italy.

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