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Anna Magnani – Italian actress of theater and cinema, awarded the Academy Award in the category “Best Actress” for her image created by a Sicilian widow of Serafina della Rosa in the melodrama Daniel Mann’s “The Rose Tattoo”.
Anna was born on March 7, 1908 in Rome. Anna’s parents left in the care of grandparents, who lived in the Roman truscheb, hardly providing the means to live myself and granddaughter. There are rumors that the actress actually is not born in Italy. The well-known film director Franco Zeffirelli, who knew Magnani, claimed that she was born in Alexandria, Egypt, her mother was an Italian of Jewish descent, and his father – Egyptian. Anna herself has flatly denied this information. It is reported that the mother actually got married in Egypt, but at the time of birth of her daughter had returned to Rome. In one of the surviving online video interview with the actress claimed she did not know where the rumors come from, but she was born in the Italian capital not far from Porta Pia. Education Magnani received only up to the age of fourteen, when she was admitted to the school of the French monastery. There’s a girl mastered the French language and learned to play the piano. There Anna for the first time experienced a passion for acting, as has been closely involved in the production of Christmas plays.
At seventeen, Anna was admitted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Eleanor Duse on a two-year training. In order to feed themselves, the evening Magnani sang in nightclubs and cabarets. Many compared it then with the French singer Edith Piaf. One of the friends of the actress, Mickey Knox later said that Anna never studied singing, the nature of having a terrific talent. In 1933, Magnani played in experimental productions on one of the Roman scene. It was then that it saw Italian director Goffredo Alessandrini. He was one of the first filmmakers who started to use the sound in Italian cinema. In the same year he married Anne Goffredo. And a year later the first Magnani, invited the main role in the film “The blind of Sorrento.”
The first significant work was the role in the black-and-white comedy Vittorio De Sica “Teresa Friday”. At the same time, the actress began searching for his father. Leaving her mother’s name was Marina Magnani. A father’s name for a long time remained unknown. When, finally, it became clear that it was a certain Pietro Del Duce, she left the search, saying in the press that he does not want to be “the daughter of Il Duce.” Then, as a result of a short-term affair with actor Massimo Cerrato Anna for the year he moved from working as expected birth of his son. Despite occasional love affairs, the actress remained Goffredo and his wife, and their marriage lasted until 1950. The first hit a resounding success Magnani in 1945 immediately after the shooting in the neo-realist drama Roberto Rossellini’s “Rome, Open City”. In the fifties, the actress accepted the offer to play in the film adaptation of the play by Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, “written especially for her. It was this work was awarded the prize “Oscar” for the best female performance of the role. Magnani died 26 September 1973 at the age of sixty-six years old and was buried in the family tomb of the family of Roberto Rossellini.