She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo.
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
With less workshoppy ostentation than we see in the performance that beat her to that year's Oscar, Magnani shows us at least three faces of Gioia.
I chuckled at her wordless perplexity that Gino's daughter is getting a university degree in Home Economics, but she doesn't play this reaction for laughs.
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