Eva Magni

Eva Magni (1909 – 2005)[1] was an Italian stage[2] and film actress. She was active between 1926 and the late 1970s.

Eva Magni
Eva Magni in 1954
Born(1909-07-28)28 July 1909
Milan, Italy
Died11 February 2005(2005-02-11) (aged 95)
Milan, Italy
Spouse(s)Renzo Ricci (1961-1978) (until his death)


Magni was born in Milan into a family of artists,[3] and made her professional debut in 1926, in the stage company Teatro d'Arte di Roma directed by Luigi Pirandello.[4] She debuted as lead actress two years later, in the company directed by Dario Niccodemi.[3] After working in the stage companies led by Memo Benassi, Maria Melato and Laura Carli, in 1940 she was appointed first actress in the Renzo Ricci's company, with whom she eventually started a sentimental relationship.[4] She married Ricci in December 1960 after the death of his first wife, Margherita Bagni.[4][5]

Magni's first film appearance was as Lida Bonelli in Paprika (1933), directed by Carl Boese and starring Vittorio De Sica. She was in six more films during the 1930s. Her eighth and last film was in 1963 as the widow Nanni in Il maestro di Vigevano (The Teacher from Vigevano), directed by Elio Petri, and starring Alberto Sordi and Claire Bloom.[3]

Magni was also active on radio.

Magni retired from acting after Ricci’s death in 1978. In the 1990s she was often a guest in the Canale 5 late night talk show Maurizio Costanzo Show.[3] She died in her home in Milan in 2005.[4]


Theatre (partial list)


  1. "Eva Magni". bfi.org. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. "Teatro Carignano". Teatro Stabile di Torino. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. "E' morta Eva Magni". La Repubblica. 11 February 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. "Addio Eva Magni leonessa della scena". La Repubblica. 12 February 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. "Insieme nella vita e sulla scena". La Stampa (311). 31 December 1960.
  6. Murphy, Brenda (2001). O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night (Plays in Production). Cambridge University Press. p. 111. ISBN 9780521665759.

Further reading

  • Montorfano, Emilio (2002). Eva Magni: una Vita per il Teatro. Milano: Asefi S.r.L. ISBN 9788886818810.
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