Carlo Ponti

Born Dec 11, 1912

Carlo Ponti was an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits, and the husband of Italian movie star Sophia Loren.

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1912 Birth Born on December 11, 1912.


1940 27 Years Old Ponti was born in Magenta, Lombardy and studied law at the University of Milan. He joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's Piccolo Mondo Antico there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role. … Read More
1941 28 Years Old Ponti accepted an offer from Riccardo Gualino's Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò. … Read More


1946 33 Years Old In 1946, he married Giuliana Fiastri.
1950 37 Years Old While serving as a judge in a beauty contest around 1950, Ponti met a minor actress named Sofia Lazzaro. … Read More
1952 39 Years Old In 1952, his friend Goffredo Lombardo, head of production at Titanus, changed Lazzaro's name to Sophia Loren. … Read More


1960 47 Years Old Ponti co-produced several films in Hollywood starring Loren, establishing her fame, although most were box-office failures. In 1960, he and Loren returned to Italy and when summoned to court, denied being married.
1962 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Ponti produced Boccaccio '70 in 1962, Marriage Italian Style in 1964, and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1965. … Read More


1965 52 Years Old In 1965, Giuliana Ponti divorced her husband, allowing Ponti to marry Loren in 1966 in a civil wedding in Sèvres. … Read More


1975 62 Years Old Two unsuccessful attempts were made to kidnap Ponti in 1975, including one involving an attack on his car with gunfire.
1979 66 Years Old He was tried in absentia in 1979 for smuggling money and works of art abroad, fined 22 billion lire, and sentenced to four years in prison. … Read More
1990 77 Years Old 1 More Event
He was finally cleared of the charges in 1990. … Read More
2006 93 Years Old Over the years, several works have been sold privately. In 2006 two Bacon paintings that had previously been in the Ponti collection were exhibited in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London. … Read More
In 2007 another pope painting by Bacon, sold by Ponti in 1991, was sold in a private deal brokered by Acquavella Galleries in New York for more than £15 million. … Read More
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