Anna Magnani

Date of Birth: 7 March, 1908

Place of Birth: Rome, Kingdom of Italy

Date of Death: 26 September, 1973

Place of Death: Rome, Italy

Ethnicity: Italian

Anna Magnani was an Italian actress of stage and film. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Rose Tattoo (1955). She was the first actress of Italian origin nominated for the lead Actress Oscar.

Anna’s biological father, Pietro Del Duce, was from Calabria, Italy. Anna’s mother, Marina Magnani, was a tailor from Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Marina moved to Egypt, where she re-married to a rich Austrian man. Anna had a son with actor Massimo Serato.

Anna’s maternal grandparents were Ferdinando Magnani and Giovanna Casadio. Ferdinando was a baker.

Anna was raised by her maternal grandmother, also from Ravenna.

There are statements and rumors that Anna had Egyptian and/or Jewish ancestry. These claims are unverified.

Sources: http://bologna.repubblica.it

Genealogy of Anna Magnani (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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  1. andrew says:

    Anna’s mother was Marina Magnani, a tailor from Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Marina moved to Egypt, where she re-married to a rich Austrian man. Anna was raised by her maternal grandmother, Giovanna Casadio, also from Ravenna. Giovanna’s husband was Ferdinando Magnani, a baker.

    Anna’s biological father was Pietro Del Duce, from Calabria, Italy.

    http://bologna.repubblica.it/cronaca/2015/03/05/news/magnani-108845717/

    • andrew says:

      the quote from Zeffirelli’s autobiography on Wikipedia is totally wrong. The Egyptyan rumour was born because her mother re-married in Egypt. Anna later discovered the identity of her biological father, who was Italian.

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