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A step into the past (recent), another image from the "Infiorata di Genzano" in order to present you one of the most knowed persolalities of Italian movies, Anna Magnani.

From Wikipedia, as usual.

Anna Magnani (March 7, 1908 - September 26, 1973) was an Academy Award-winning Italian stage and film actress. Magnani won the Oscar for her lusty portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo.

Born in Rome, she was brought up in poverty by her maternal grandmother in a slum district of the city. After some education at a convent school, she enrolled at Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art and sang in nightclubs and cabarets to support herself. Due to her work in nightclubs, Magnani was dubbed the Italian Édith Piaf.

In 1927 she acted in the screen version of La Nemica e Scampolo. She had also been in the stage production. She met Italian filmmaker Goffredo Alessandrini in 1933 and the two were married in 1935. He was one of the first Italian filmmakers to adapt the new sound technology used in American cinema. Her marriage to Alessandrini ended in 1950, and she never married again. Magnani once said, "Women like me can only submit to men capable of dominating them, and I have never found anyone capable of dominating me."

In 1941, Magnani starred in Teresa Venerdì, (“Friday Theresa”) which the writer and director, Vittorio De Sica, called Magnani’s "first true film." In it she plays Loletta Prima, the girlfriend of Di Sica’s character, Pietro Vignali. De Sica had called her laugh, "loud, overwhelming, and tragic."

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