Anna Magnani, 1951 © Corbis. Anna Magnani (7 Ma 1908–26 Sept 1973), Italian stage and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress (1955), along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo. She first achieved international fame in Roberto Rossellini's Open City (1945). Other films include Mamma Roma, and The Fugitive Kind. As an actress she became recognized for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of "earthy lower-class women."