Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren is an Italian actress. Loren is widely recognized as the most awarded Italian actress. She was the first actress of the talkie era to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance, for her portrayal of Cesira in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women. Her other awards include one Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Laurel Award. In 1995 she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards.
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Rome Journal: Last Tango?
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Cultural mythologies are created by movies and books. For instance there was the Rome of Fellini's La dolce vita (1960) filled with itinerant intellectuals, who chased after women with large cleavages. A whole generation of Italian actors amongst them Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni came to prominence typecast for these roles. These were a little more than kin and less than kind, fallen aristocrats, high class hookers or both. And there was the more down at your heels world which Fellini immortalized in Le notti di Cabiria (1957) in which his wife Giulietta Masina played a lady of the night, who had fallen on hard times. Pier Paolo Pasolini, the director the infamous masterpiece of degradation, Salo (1975), and who knew the Roman underworld, was commissioned to write the dialogue. Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza (2013) paid homage to Fellini's Rome, particularly with respect to the parody of outsized artistic personalities. But does the old Rome with its glamorous white tel ...
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Barbra Streisand And Me
Huffington Post - 5 months
When I read that Barbra Streisand's new album comes out on August 26th and she's going on tour at age 74, I just had to pay tribute. Not because I am such a fan of her music--I am in awe of her voice, just not her repertoire. But I am a huge fan of her: her fearlessness, her humor, her originality, her style. I still remember my parents coming home from the Blue Angel, a nightclub in Manhattan, in 1962, exclaiming about this "ordinary-looking" girl with the extraordinary voice. They went there to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I was a small child, but I recall the story because they told it so many times in the years that followed as Ms. Streisand's star ascended: how she was like a little street urchin, wearing "ratty second-hand clothes," who came from nowhere (Flatbush, Brooklyn), transfixing the audience with the power of her voice. My mother said she felt like she discovered Babs! At that time, popular culture primarily celebrated women with "regular features" --i ...
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Which Greek Island Is Best For You?
Huffington Post - 7 months
For Condé Nast Traveler, by Katherine LaGrave.  Greece has more than 6,000 islands and islets, making the choice for where to go on your next vacation to the Mediterranean a competitive one. Looking for love? Adventure? Nothing but beaches? We’ve got you covered. 1. Hydra Perfect for: digital detoxers; solo travelers A mere two hours from Athens by hydrofoil, Hydra remains blissfully free of wheeled vehicles. That’s right—no cars or scooters here. Instead, you’ll find cobblestoned streets traversed by mules and donkeys, immaculate stone mansions, and picturesque, harbor-side cafes that have drawn everyone from actress Sophia Loren to Grammy winner Leonard Cohen, who owns a villa on the island. 2. Kefalonia Perfect for: beach-hoppers Greece has more than 8,500 miles of coastline, so sand-and-surf fiends have no shortage of places to put their towel. Still, of the Greek islands, Kefalonia is one of its beach meccas, and Myrtos Beach, which sits between t ...
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Kim Kardashian's wisdom: from nontouring to 'free-the-nipple' feminism
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Here are 12 nuggets from Kim at the Vogue festival, including why contouring is over and what Michael Jackson once told her Kim Kardashian in the flesh is precisely like Kim Kardashian on the page. Half-pint-sized, completely symmetrical and, to quote Jess Cartner-Morley, with a face like “laser-cut diamond”. Her friend, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, describes her as a modern day icon, the new Sophia Loren and credited her Armenian genes. Kim, however, put most of it down to makeup. Here are 12 nuggets of wisdom from Saturday’s event. Related: Why is Kim Kardashian famous? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Eleanor Morgan Continue reading...
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Dolce & Gabbana reveals new fragrance campaign starring Sophia Loren
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Sophia Loren's full new beauty campaign Dolce & Gabbana has been revealed. The Oscar-winning Italian actress stars in a video by the Sicilian fashion house to mark the launch of its new fragrance 'Dolce Rosa Excelsa'. The video is divided into three acts, "Rinascita", "Festa" and "Meravigliosa." The story sees silver screen legend Loren play the mother of five sons who set about restoring their ancient Sicilian family property, Villa Valguanera, to its former renaissance glory.
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Sophia Loren Gets Her Hands Dirty for New Dolce & Gabbana Video
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Work those pruning shears, Sophia.
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Photographic Proof That Brunette Hair Is Far From Boring
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Brunette hair sometimes gets a bad rap for looking too plain. This hue may not be as bright as blonde or ravishing as red, but that doesn't mean it isn't attractive -- just think about Natalie Portman, Sophia Loren or Salma Hayek. To make a case for those with dark-colored locks, we gathered some of the most beautiful brunette hairstyles on Pinterest. From sharp, high-top fades to beachy, balayage waves, these 'dos deserve big props. Use these as inspiration next time you're looking to go brunette.   Also On HuffPost:  Are you as happy as you could be? Sign up for our newsletter and join our 30-day happiness challenge to become a happier, healthier version of yourself. We’ll deliver tips, challenges and advice to your inbox every day.  (function(){var src_url=" ...
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The Amalfi Coast Is Worth Visiting, Even In Winter
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For at least half a century, the island of Ischia has welcomed its most positive invasion: that of tourists. It has suffered many other invasions in its history: Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Vandals, Saracens, Normans, Swabians, Angevins and Aragonese. It enjoys a strategic position in the Gulf of Naples. It has natural beauty and a mild climate, ideal for recreation but also for health: thermal springs, therapeutic mud that even attracted Giuseppe Garibaldi, when wounded in the leg in the battle of Aspromonte. It is a kind of tropical island in the Mediterranean, known as the Green Island due to the wealth and variety of its vegetation: from the chestnut trees along the slopes of Mount Epomeo (an extinct volcano) to the broom, pines and oaks. In the 19th and early 20th centuries Ischia was a destination for restless travelers: Oscar Wilde, Henrik Ibsen, who wrote “Peer Gynt” here, and Truman Capote, who landed here in the spring of 1949. At the moment he landed, his watch ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Cowboys" K's Choice Ride Again; Get "Gone" With Hemming
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Breathe it in and breathe it out And pass it on, it's almost out We're so creative, so much more We're high above but on the floor" "Not an Addict" is one of the best songs to come out of the 1990s. It really is. Given the time in which it came out (1995), it struck a chord lyrically for those still reeling from the loss of Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon, and Bradley Nowell. Wrenching words aside, it's a sonic masterpiece that has held up as well as Sophia Loren's breasts. K's Choice, the band behind it are arguably best known for that track, but there's "so much more" to them. Go back and listen to Paradise in Me and you'll find "Not an Addict" isn't even the best song off the LP. Oh, and it's not like they stopped there. They've released some great stuff in the 2010s. Speaking of which, K's Choice (Belgian brother/sister duo of Sarah and Gert Bettens) just released a new full-length album The Phantom Cowboy and it has some giddy-up. Produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Sto ...
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7 Older Celebrities Who Absolutely Refuse To Retire
Huffington Post - over 1 year
While many of us look forward to hitting the magical age where we can collect retirement income and say goodbye to a lifetime of 9-to-5 work, it seems celebrities are a different species.  Here are some famous post 50s who say retirement might as well be a four-letter word.  1. Betty White, the former "Golden Girl," is older than sliced bread at 93 and has been recognized by Guinness World Records for having the longest-running TV career of any woman in history.  "Why should I retire from something I love so much?... Nothing that I could possibly find to do would be as much fun as what I do for a living,"   2. Warren Buffett, 85, has billions of dollars at his disposal but says he doesn't work for the money.  "If I quit today -- I see these people. They spend a whole week planning their haircut. That is not my idea of living. I'm tap dancing to work every day... It doesn't get better than that." 3. Judi Dench, 80, has left an enduring legacy in film including her ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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A Glamorous Retrospective Of Style Icons Who Mastered The Cat Eye
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cat-eye liner is one of the most classic looks in beauty history. Actresses including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot played a prominent role in making the cat eye relevant. And music icons such as Nina Simone, Madonna and Adele have all put their own spin on the feminine and flirty eye makeup. But mastering cat-eye liner hasn't always been easy. In past decades, women attempted the cat eye with the wrong products, according to celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. "Most women had in mind that very thin, old liquid liner look. However, it was a little more difficult in application," she said. The introduction of gel liners, felt-tip eye markers and angled brushes like Kashuk's Longwear Gel Liner and Bent Eyeliner Brush has made the cat eye much easier to do today. And while cat-eye liner is visually appealing, Kashuk believes that it also gives a lifting effect to the eye. "As women age, our eyes tend to pull down and our lashes tend to get thinner. So a modifi ...
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Sophia Loren Thinks Young Women Should 'Be More Careful' When It Comes To Plastic Surgery
Huffington Post - over 1 year
At the 2015 National Arts Awards, actress Sophia Loren told press that she is not a fan of the word "retire" and doesn't like when younger girls decide to get plastic surgery.  Speaking to Page Six, the 81-year-old actress talked about cosmetic procedures and what could potentially go wrong. "These young girls really need to be more careful and selective of what they are doing to their bodies and their faces," said Loren. "I mean, you do not know for sure if you are going to a good doctor ... you can end up looking worse than what you thought you originally were."  Loren has spoken about plastic surgery before, telling ABC News that the decision to go under the knife is very personal.  "I like myself,” she said. “I like my skin. I don’t want anybody to take it away from me. So I couldn’t do anything, really. But if it becomes a problem, it’s up to you." One thing Loren doesn't really like? Social media and its link to fame.  "I do not know much about social media, b ...
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Cat Eye Makeup Just Got Way Easier, Thanks To This Genius Product
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Classic, timeless and sexy are all adjectives we'd used to describe the cat eye. It can also be pretty intimidating to the amateur makeup wearer. While we've spent countless hours in front of the bathroom mirror attempting to create the perfect cat eye, à la Sophia Loren and Nina Simone, it seems one eyes always ends up crooked. Well, Cat Eye 101 is here to fix that problem. Having worked as a makeup artist for 10 years, Dana Rae Ashburn understands that the cat eye can still be tricky. "I think the perfect, pointy edge is a little daunting. The other challenge is symmetry. Doing it once can be tough, and then you have to do it again," she told HuffPost. "But ultimately, I think that a cat eye seems difficult because people are afraid of messing up." Ashburn's Cat Eye 101 is "a tool to help give people the confidence and ability to create this enduring look by themselves." It's the debut product from her line, ABLE Cosmetics, which she envisions "filling a void in the makeup indu ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sophia Loren
  • 2013
    Age 78
    In July 2013, Loren was reportedly going to make her film comeback in an Italian adaptation of Jean Cocteau's 1930 play The Human Voice (La Voce Umana) which charts the breakdown of a woman who is left by her lover – with her youngest son, Edoardo Ponti, as director.
    More Details Hide Details Filming is to take under a month during July in various locations in Italy, including Rome and Naples. It will be Loren's first significant feature film since the 2009 film Nine, which received mixed critical reviews.
    In 2013, the supreme court of Italy cleared her of the charges.
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  • 2010
    Age 75
    In 2010, Loren played her own mother in a two-part Italian television miniseries about her early life, directed by Vittorio Sindoni, entitled La Mia Casa È Piena di Specchi (translated My House Is Full of Mirrors), based on the memoir written by her sister Maria.
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  • 2009
    Age 74
    When asked in a November 2009 interview if she were ever likely to marry again, Loren replied "No, never again.
    More Details Hide Details It would be impossible to love anyone else."
    In 2009, after five years off the set and 14 years since she starred in a prominent US theatrical film, Loren starred in Rob Marshall's film version of Nine, based on the Broadway musical that tells the story of a director whose midlife crisis causes him to struggle to complete his latest film; he is forced to balance the influences of numerous formative women in his life, including his deceased mother.
    More Details Hide Details Loren was Marshall's first and only choice for the role. The film also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. As a part of the cast, she received her first nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
    In 2009, Loren stated on Larry King Live that Fellini had planned to direct her in a film shortly before his death in 1993.
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  • 2007
    Age 72
    Loren is a huge fan of the football club S.S.C. Napoli. In May 2007, when the team was third in Serie B, she told the Gazzetta dello Sport that she would do a striptease if the team won.
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    Loren remained married to Carlo Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications.
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    Loren posed scantily clad, at age 72, for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar, along with Penélope Cruz and Hilary Swank.
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  • 1999
    Age 64
    In September 1999, Loren filed a lawsuit against 76 adult websites for posting altered nude photos of her on the internet.
    More Details Hide Details Loren is a Roman Catholic. Her primary residence has been in Geneva, Switzerland, since late 2006. She also owns homes in Naples and Rome.
    In 1999, the American Film Institute named Loren among the greatest female stars of Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Loren received a Special Grand Prix of the Americas Award at the Montreal World Film Festival for her body of work. She filmed two projects in Canada during this time: the independent film Between Strangers (2002), directed by her son Edoardo and co-starring Mira Sorvino, and the television miniseries Lives of the Saints (2004).
  • 1997
    Age 62
    At the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, she was awarded an Honorable Prize for contribution to cinema.
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  • 1993
    Age 58
    She presented Federico Fellini with his honorary Oscar in April 1993.
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  • 1991
    Age 56
    In 1991, Loren received the Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to world cinema and was declared "one of the world cinema's treasures".
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
    Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards. In 1999, Loren was acknowledged as one of the top 25 female American Screen Legends in the American Film Institute's survey, AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars. Loren was born Sofia Villani Scicolone in the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Romilda Villani (1910–1991) and Riccardo Scicolone, a construction engineer of noble descent (Loren wrote in her autobiography that she is entitled to call herself Marchesa di Licata Scicolone Murillo). Riccardo Scicolone refused to marry Villani, leaving the piano teacher and aspiring actress without support.
  • 1984
    Age 49
    Although she was set to star in 13 episodes of CBS's Falcon Crest in 1984 as Angela Channing's half-sister Francesca Gioberti, negotiations fell through at the last moment and the role went to Gina Lollobrigida, instead.
    More Details Hide Details Sophia preferred devoting more time to raising her sons. Loren has recorded more than two dozen songs throughout her career, including a best-selling album of comedic songs with Peter Sellers; reportedly, she had to fend off his romantic advances. Partly owing to Sellers's infatuation with Loren, he split with his first wife, Anne Howe. Loren has made it clear to numerous biographers that Sellers's affections were reciprocated only platonically. This collaboration was covered in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers where actress Sonia Aquino portrayed Loren. The song "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? " by Peter Sarstedt was said to have been inspired by Loren.
  • 1981
    Age 46
    She acted infrequently during the 1980s and turned down the role of Alexis Carrington in 1981 for the television series Dynasty.
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    In 1981, she became the first female celebrity to launch her own perfume, 'Sophia', and a brand of eyewear soon followed.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982, while in Italy, she made headlines after serving an 18-day prison sentence on tax evasion charges—a fact that failed to hamper her popularity or career. In fact, Bill Moore, then employed at Pickle Packers International advertising department, sent her a pink pickle-shaped trophy for being "the prettiest lady in the prettiest pickle".
  • 1980
    Age 45
    In 1980, after the international success of the biography Sophia Loren: Living and Loving, Her Own Story by A. Hotchner, Loren portrayed herself and her mother in a made-for-television biopic adaptation of her autobiography, Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.
    More Details Hide Details Ritza Brown and Chiara Ferrari each portrayed the younger Loren.
  • 1978
    Age 43
    Following this success, Loren starred in an American thriller Brass Target. This movie received mixed reviews, although it was moderately successful in the United States and internationally. In 1978, she won her fourth Golden Globe for "world film favorite".
    More Details Hide Details Other movies of this decade were Academy award nominee Sunflower (1970), which was a critical success and Arthur Hiller's Man of La Mancha (1972), which was a critical and commercial failure despite being nominated for several awards including two Golden Globes Awards. O'Toole and James Coco were nominated for two NBR awards, in addition the NBR listed Man of La Mancha in its best ten pictures of 1972 list.
  • 1976
    Age 41
    In 1976, she starred in The Cassandra Crossing.
    More Details Hide Details It fared extremely well internationally, and was a respectable box office success in US market. She co-starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Ettore Scola's A Special Day (1977). This movie was nominated for 11 international awards such as two Oscars (best actor in leading role, best foreign picture). It won a Golden Globe Award and a César Award for best foreign movie. Loren's performance was awarded with a David di Donatello Award, the seventh in her career. The movie was extremely well received by American reviewers and became a box office hit.
  • 1966
    Age 31
    Among Loren's best-known films of this period are Samuel Bronston's epic production of El Cid (1961) with Charlton Heston, The Millionairess (1960) with Peter Sellers, It Started in Naples (1960) with Clark Gable, Vittorio De Sica's triptych Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni, Peter Ustinov's Lady L (1965) with Paul Newman, the 1966 classic Arabesque with Gregory Peck, and Charlie Chaplin's final film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) with Marlon Brando.
    More Details Hide Details Loren received four Golden Globe Awards between 1964 and 1977 as "World Film Favorite – Female". Loren worked less after becoming a mother. During the next decade, most of her roles were in Italian features. During the 1970s, she was paired with Richard Burton in the last De Sica-directed film, The Voyage (1974), and a remake of the film Brief Encounter (1974). The film had its premiere on US television on 12 November 1974 as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series on NBC.
  • 1965
    Age 30
    In 1965, Ponti obtained a divorce from Giuliana in France, allowing him to marry Loren on 9 April 1966.
    More Details Hide Details The couple became French citizens after their application was approved by then French President Georges Pompidou. They had two children: Loren's daughters-in-law are Sasha Alexander and Andrea Meszaros. Loren has four grandchildren.
    In 1965, she received a second Academy Award nomination for her performance in Marriage Italian-Style.
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  • 1964
    Age 29
    In 1964, her career reached its pinnacle when she received $1 million to appear in The Fall of the Roman Empire.
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  • 1962
    Age 27
    In 1962, Loren's sister, Anna Maria Villani Scicolone, married the youngest son of Benito Mussolini, Romano, with whom she had two daughters, Alessandra the conservative Italian politician and Elisabetta.
    More Details Hide Details According to box office polls, Loren was voted among the most popular stars with British audiences.
  • 1961
    Age 26
    In 1961, she starred in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women, a stark, gritty story of a mother who is trying to protect her 12-year-old daughter in war-torn Italy.
    More Details Hide Details The two end up gang-raped inside a church as they travel back to their home city following cessation of bombings there. Originally cast as the daughter, Loren fought against type and was recast as the mother (actress Eleonora Brown would portray the daughter). Loren's performance earned her many awards, including the Cannes Film Festival's best performance prize, and an Academy Award for Best Actress, the first major Academy Award for a non-English-language performance and to an Italian actress. She won 22 international awards for Two Women. The film proved to be extremely well accepted by the critics and it was a huge commercial success. During the 1960s, Loren was one of the most popular actresses in the world, and she continued to make films in the United States and Europe, starring with prominent leading men.
  • 1958
    Age 23
    Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Among her films at this time were Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O'Neill play; Houseboat, a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor's Heller in Pink Tights, in which she appeared as a blonde for the first time.
  • 1957
    Age 22
    They married on 17 September 1957. However, Ponti was still officially married to his first wife Giuliana under Italian law, because Italy did not recognize divorce at that time. The couple had their marriage annulled in 1962 to escape bigamy charges.
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  • 1954
    Age 19
    Too Bad She's Bad, also released in 1954, and (La Bella Mugnaia) (1955) became the first of many films in which Loren co-starred with Marcello Mastroianni.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next three years, she acted in many films, including Scandal in Sorrento, Lucky to Be a Woman, Boy on a Dolphin, Legend of the Lost and The Pride and the Passion.
  • 1951
    Age 16
    In 1951, she also appeared in Italian film Era lui... sì! sì! where she played an odalisque, being credited professionally as Sofia Lazzaro.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade. She began using her current stage name in La Favorita (1952), the new name being a twist on the name of the Swedish actress Märta Torén and was suggested by Goffredo Lombardo or (according to the 2008 DVD) Carlo Ponti. Her first starring role was in Aida (1953), for which she received critical acclaim. After playing the lead role in Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953), her breakthrough role was in The Gold of Naples (1954), directed by Vittorio De Sica.
  • 1950
    Age 15
    When she was 14, Sofia entered a beauty pageant, Miss Italia 1950 and, while she did not win, was selected as one of the finalists.
    More Details Hide Details Later, she enrolled in acting class and was selected as an uncredited extra in Mervyn LeRoy's film Quo Vadis (1951), at the age of 15.
  • 1938
    Age 3
    Loren's parents had another child together, her sister Maria, in 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Loren has two younger paternal half-brothers, Giuliano and Giuseppe. Romilda, Sofia, and Maria lived with Loren's grandmother in Pozzuoli, near Naples. During World War II, the harbour and munitions plant in Pozzuoli was a frequent bombing target of the Allies. During one raid, as Loren ran to the shelter, she was struck by shrapnel and wounded in the chin. After that, the family moved to Naples, where they were taken in by distant relatives. After the war, Loren and her family returned to Pozzuoli. Loren's grandmother Luisa opened a pub in their living room, selling homemade cherry liquor. Romilda Villani played the piano, Maria sang, and Loren waited on tables and washed dishes. The place was popular with the American GIs stationed nearby.
  • 1934
    Born in 1934.
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