Gina Lollobrigida
Actress, photojournalist
Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the most popular European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1950s. Today, she remains an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). In 2008, she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's Anniversary Gala.
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Humphrey Bogart in ‘Beat the Devil’ at Film Forum
NYTimes - 15 days
A restored version of John Huston’s comedy, with Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida, comes to Film Forum
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Hamburg - of Burgers, Beatles and Babes: Oy Gevalt in Germany on the Looney Front - Part 2
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hamburg may have given its name to the grease-oozing slab of chopped meat that you're stuffing into your gob, but here in its eponymous city you're as likely to see döner kebabs slowly revolving on their shafts. Such is the Turkish influence after the guest worker programme of the 1960s led to some three million Germans now having at least one parent of Turkish origin. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, the hamburger didn't even originate here. It was sired nameless in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1900 by Danish immigrant Louis Lassen, owner of Louis' Lunch, and apparently lost its anonymity some years later when drunken German mariners decided to name it after their home town. Hamburg overview The U.S. White Castle hamburger chain disagrees, though, insisting that Hamburg gave the fatty patty its start in 1891, thanks to a certain Otto Kuase. In that case that's the third thing Hamburg gave its start to, the others being the Beatles and the main protagonists in the ...
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A Wonderful Billy Wilder Film Is Screening at MR C Beverly Hills Pool!
Huffington Post - over 2 years
all photos shot by Jay Scene at the MR C Beverly Hills Hotel pool I think I have seen Billy Wilder's wonderful comic film, "Some Like It Hot," about a hundred times. You'll remember it was the movie with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, about Chicago in its mobster days. A classic film, it is perhaps the best comedy movie ever made. I was privileged to produce the last movie which Mr. Wilder directed, a little-seen gem called "Buddy, Buddy," with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. It came out at Christmas-time 1981 with two dozen other movies and got lost in the boxoffice rush as the failing MGM studio did not have the funds to promote it properly (or at all.). But the year which I spent with the gentleman director was probably the best professional experience of my long life. Driving to the set with him every day, inhaling the smoke from his Cuban cigar as he told me stories of the old Hollywood, what could have been better? ...
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Rizzoli -- To Lose Our Culture Is to Lose Our Memories
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Sir Elton John, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Christo, Gregory Peck, David Bowie, Abba Eban, Pablo Neruda, Gina Lollobrigida, Diana Ross, Greg Louganis, Fernando Botero, Francoise Gilot, Franco Zeffirelli, and Greta Garbo hung out here. 2014 marks Rizzoli Bookstore's 50th anniversary. Celebrations for the anniversary had been well underway. The future of one of the last great booksellers in Manhattan that had weathered the storm of Amazon and ebooks looked increasingly bright. Then news of the store's demolition to make way for another luxury high-rise was unexpectedly announced. This news has devastated the New York community as well as book lovers around the world. Antonio Ximenez, an artist who painted during the day and worked at Rizzoli in the evening, began his career there in 1969 on the night shift from 6:00PM to 1:00AM. Within a few months he became the store's night manager and that was his cherished job until 1986 when Antonio left New Y ...
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Actress Gina Lollobrigida's diamonds fetch $4.9 million at auction
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
(Reuters) - Diamond jewelry belonging to Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida sold for more than 4.74 million Swiss francs ($4.9 million) on Tuesday in Geneva and set a record for pearl earrings, auctioneer Sotheby's said.
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Jewels owned by former actress Gina Lollobrigida go on display in London
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
Jewels belonging to Italian actress and 1950s sexy symbol Gina Lollobrigida go on display in London ahead of an auction in May to raise money for stem cell research, with some items expected to fetch up to $1 million. Joel Flynn reports.
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Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida sells her jewels for charity
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, is selling some of her diamond jewelry to raise money for stem cell research, saying now...
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Steven Clifford: Repurposing the Word 'Smut'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In grade school I learned that Satan's most fiendish weapons were communism and smut. Exposure to either would inescapably sap one's moral fiber and rot one's brain. At that age, I had no interest in Marxist dialectics, but, on the theory of know-your-enemy, I was eager to peruse some smut. According to Father Madden, whom I avoided because he was a priest not afraid to talk to the young, smut was revealing photos of Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida or even June Cleaver if pictured without Wally and the Beaver. Today, few warn the young about the perils of communism and smut, because communism failed while pornography triumphed. In researching this blog, I googled "Porn: Two Playmates and a Python." I was directed to hundreds of sites offering pictures, videos, DVDs, HD movies and even escort services in Spokane, Omaha and Topeka featuring two playmates and a python. Porn's ubiquity has made the word "smut" archaic. If Father Madden preached that smut was Marilyn Monro ...
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Human tresses: Hairy old myths
The Economist - over 4 years
BLONDES are dumber and brunettes more dependable. Or so it is said. But it is redheads who have long been the more feared, revered, loathed and loved; hence the rumour that it takes more than an average dose of anaesthetic to sedate a carrot-top. As Sylvia Plath, herself a Titian tigress of sorts, once remarked, “Out of the ash I rise with my red hair, and eat men like air.”Man’s fascination with hair is almost as old as humanity itself. But humans have been cutting and coiffing their hair for at least 25,000 years, mostly with the aim of pleasing themselves and distancing or differentiating themselves from others. Yves le Fur, curator of a new show about hair at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, is well aware that one of the earliest depictions of styled hair is a paleolithic figurine known as the Venus of Brassempouy, which was discovered in south-west France in 1894. But he hides his anthropological light under a bushel and draws visitors into “Cheveux Chéris” with a quick ...
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Legends of Queen Sheba
Bikyamasr - almost 5 years
The legend of Sheba lives on in Yemen. SANA’A: Although much has been written on legendary Queen Sheba, Yemen’s most prominent figure in history, little is actually known of this mysterious monarch, which the legend has it met with prophet Suleiman, a pivotal religious figure in all three monotheist religions. Legends of the Queen of Sheba are common throughout Arabia, Persia, Ethiopia, Israel and are prized in Hollywood. The Qur’an and the Bible hold a similar account in which Sheba traveled to Jerusalem with her camels bearing gifts to meet and test the wise Solomon. In the biblical story, the queen was so dazzled by Solomon that she pronounced a blessing on his God. He gave her gifts and she returned to Saba, her kingdom. Archeologists established that the Queen resided in her palace in Mareb, an eastern province of Yemen where she ruled over her people, loved and respected by all her subjects. At the time the Saba Kingdom stretched from what is now known as the Aseer re ...
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Pose for your pinup - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
... who has attended both private sessions and pinup parties, in which a group of about four or five women will spend a few hours sipping cocktails, primping with a makeup artist and hairstylist and striking a pose, à la Gina Lollobrigida. 1940s
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Why ARE Left-wingers so hideously greedy? - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
He kept a private island, Brijuni, on which he entertained glamorous friends including Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. This fine socialist gentleman would collect them from the boat in his Cadillac, a gift from US President Dwight
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Burt Lancaster Movie Schedule: SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, A CHILD IS WAITING - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida. C-106 mins, Letterbox Format. 12:00 PM SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) A crooked press agent stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist break up his sister's romance
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When Sophia Came to Venice - Hollywood Reporter (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
She also had two starlet rivals in Silvana Mangano, wife of producer Dino De Laurentiis, and Gina Lollobrigida. But she soon outpaced them. "She became the personification of the sultry Italian woman," says Warren G. Harris, author of Sophia Loren: A
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Humphrey Bogart on TCM: THE CAINE MUTINY, THE MALTESE FALCON, SAHARA - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Bogart, looking very tired, is all but obliterated by the supporting cast, which includes Jennifer Jones as a pathological liar in a blond wig, Gina Lollobrigida in her first post-stardom English-language film, Robert Morley, Bernard Lee, Peter Lorre,
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September, don't come - Kathimerini
Google News - over 5 years
By Angelos Stangos Some people may recall “Come September,” a 1961 film starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida. This coming September will bear no resemblance to that light summer romantic comedy -- not in Greece, nor in Europe, or the rest of the
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A blast from the past - Times LIVE
Google News - over 5 years
"The interior still 'channels' Francoise Hardy, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida (all past visitors) and is one of those rare and remarkable instances where the owners have had the sophistication and restraint not to gut and renovate over time,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gina Lollobrigida
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 85
    In 2013, Lollobrigida sold her jewelry collection through Sotheby's.
    More Details Hide Details She donated nearly $5 million to benefit stem cell therapy. Lollobrigida has a habit of referring to herself in the third person. Lollobrigida has won six David di Donatello, two Nastro d'Argento, and six Bambi Awards; she was nominated three times for the Golden Globe and won one in 1961 as World Film Favourite – Female; she was nominated once for a Bafta. In 1985, she was nominated as an officier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Jack Lang because of her achievements in photography and sculpture. In 1992, she was awarded the Légion d'honneur by François Mitterrand. On 16 October 1999, Gina Lollobrigida was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
    In January 2013, she started legal action against Javier Rigau y Rafols, claiming that her ex-boyfriend had staged a secret ceremony in which he "married" an imposter pretending to be her at a registry office in Barcelona.
    More Details Hide Details She said he intended to lay claim to her estate after her death. Lollobrigida accused Rigau of fraud, saying that he had earlier obtained the legal right to act on her behalf with a power of attorney, and carried out the plot to get extra power. "A while ago he convinced me to give him my power of attorney. He needed it for some legal affairs. But instead I fear that he took advantage of the fact that I don't understand Spanish... Who knows what he had me sign." Now retired, Lollobrigida has not made a film since 1997. She told PARADE in April 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake... I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers."
    In 2013, she sold her jewelry collection, and donated the nearly $5 million from the sale to benefit stem cell therapy research.
    More Details Hide Details Born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy, she is one of four daughters of a furniture manufacturer and his wife. Her sisters are Giuliana (b. 1924), Maria (b. 1929) and Fernanda (1930–2011). In her youth, Lollobrigida did some modelling, and from that, she participated successfully in several beauty contests. At around this time, she began appearing in Italian films in minor roles.
  • 2006
    Age 78
    In October 2006, at age 79, she announced to Spain's ¡Hola! magazine her engagement to a 45-year-old Spanish businessman, Javier Rigau y Rafols. They had met at a party in Monte Carlo in 1984 and had since become companions. The engagement was called off on 6 December 2006, reportedly because of the strain of intense media interest.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 58
    In 1986, she was invited to head the jury at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, which awarded the Golden Bear to Reinhard Hauff's film Stammheim.
    More Details Hide Details She said the decision was made for political reasons. In the 1990s, she made a few minor French film appearances and continued to participate and attend international film festivals. By the end of the 1970s, Lollobrigida had embarked on what she developed as a successful second career as a photographic journalist. She photographed, among others, Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí, Henry Kissinger, David Cassidy, Audrey Hepburn, Ella Fitzgerald and the German national football team. She even managed to obtain an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro, leader of Communist Cuba. In 1973, a collection of her work was published under the title Italia Mia.
  • 1985
    Age 57
    She also had a supporting role in the 1985 television miniseries Deceptions, co-starring with Stefanie Powers.
    More Details Hide Details The following year she appeared as guest star in the TV series The Love Boat.
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 45
    In 1973, she was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1980s, she starred in the television series Falcon Crest as Francesca Gioberti, a role originally written for Sophia Loren, who had turned it down. For that role she received a third Golden Globe nomination.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    In 1969, she was engaged for a short time to George Kaufman, a New York real estate heir.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s, she also had an affair with Christiaan Barnard, a South African doctor and pioneer in heart transplant surgery.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 33
    She appeared, also in 1961, with Ernest Borgnine and Anthony Franciosa in the drama Go Naked in the World.
    More Details Hide Details Jean Delannoy then directed her again, this time in Venere Imperiale (1962). She co-starred with Stephen Boyd and she received Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello awards. She co-starred with Sean Connery in the thriller Woman of Straw (1964), with Rock Hudson again in Strange Bedfellows (1965) and appeared with Alec Guinness in Hotel Paradiso (1966). She starred in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford and Telly Savalas. For this role, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won a third David di Donatello award. Lollobrigida co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas. By the 1970s, her film career had slowed down. She appeared in King, Queen, Knave, co-starring with David Niven, and in a few other poorly received productions in the early part of the decade.
  • 1959
    Age 31
    In 1959, she appeared in the French movie The Law, alongside Yves Montand and Marcello Mastroianni; then, she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Never So Few (1959) and with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba (also 1959).
    More Details Hide Details The latter was the last film directed by King Vidor, and features an almost unique orgy scene in Hollywood motion pictures of that era; furthermore, Brynner was chosen to substitute Tyrone Power, who died before the shots were completed. In the romantic comedy Come September (1961), Lollobrigida had a leading role along with Rock Hudson, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin. It was a film for which she won a Golden Globe Award.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 22
    In 1950, Howard Hughes invited Lollobrigida to work in Hollywood, but she refused, preferring to remain in Europe; this decision prevented her from working in American movies filmed in the USA until 1959, though not from working in American productions shot in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance in Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, amore e fantasia, 1953) led to her receiving a BAFTA nomination and won a Nastro d'Argento award. Lollobrigida also appeared in The Wayward Wife (1953) and in Woman of Rome (1954). These were three of her most renowned Italian films, but she worked also in the French industry on such films as Fearless Little Soldier (Fanfan la Tulipe, 1952), Beauties of the Night (Les Belles de nuit, also 1952) and Le Grand Jeu (1954). Her first widely seen English language film was Beat the Devil (1953), a film which was shot in Italy. In this film, directed by John Huston, she played the wife of Humphrey Bogart, with Jennifer Jones as her rival. She then took part in the Italian-American production Crossed Swords (1954), co-starring with Errol Flynn. Her appearance in The World's Most Beautiful Woman (also known as Beautiful But Dangerous, 1955) led to her receiving the first David di Donatello for Best Actress award; in this film she interpreted the Italian soprano Lina Cavalieri, singing some arias from Tosca with her own voice. She had the principal female lead in the circus drama Trapeze (1956) directed by Carol Reed co-starring with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), appeared as Esmeralda with Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo. The film was directed by Jean Delannoy.
  • 1949
    Age 21
    In 1949, she married a Slovenian physician, Milko Škofič. They had one child, Andrea Milko (Milko Škofič, Jr.), born on 28 July 1957. Škofič gave up the practice of medicine to become her manager. They divorced in 1971.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    In 1947, Lollobrigida entered the Miss Italia pageant and came in third place, giving her national exposure.
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  • 1945
    Age 17
    In 1945, at age 18, she played a part in the comedy Santarellina by Eduardo Scarpetta at the Teatro della Concordia of Monte Castello di Vibio. (It is the smallest theatre all'italiana in the world.)
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1927.
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