Highly rare and 4x6-inch black and white portrait, signed in blue fountain pen in the 1950s, at the onset of her career. In good condition, with some wear to the corner tips and edges, and the writing against the dark tones of the photograph. Tempestuous Italian leading actress Anna Magnani earned an Oscar for The Rose Tattoo (1955) and was nominated a second time, for Wild Is the Wind (1957). Not long after an unforgettable turn in the hilarious The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1962), she died of pancreatic cancer, aged only 62. Not much of a signer during her lifetime, her autograph is elusive in any format.