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Also Known As: Lollo Brigidia, Luigina Lollobrigida, Diana Loris Died:
Born: July 4, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, photographer, model, executive, sculptor, sketch artist

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One of several earthy Italian beauties to set the film world on fire during the 1950s and 1960s, Gina Lollobrigida was an actress and director whose skill at both drama and light comedy was often overshadowed by her voluptuous figure. Though she never enjoyed the acclaim of contemporaries like Sophia Loren or Anna Magnani, she worked steadily in Hollywood and international features for nearly three decades, appearing opposite Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in the circus-themed "Trapeze" (1956) and Victor Hugo's remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1956). In 1959, she made quite an impression as the sexually-charged queen in the biblical epic "Solomon and Sheba," and earned a Golden Globe for her starring role opposite Rock Hudson in the romantic comedy "Come September" (1961). Lollobrigida went on to enjoy further success with the Italian-made "Venere Imperiale" (1962), "Strange Bedfellows" (1965) and "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" (1968), only to see her career wind down in the early 1970s. Though she earned praise for a 1984 guest spot on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), Lollobrigida focused her attention on other artistic endeavors like photojournalism and sculpting, while also being active in...

One of several earthy Italian beauties to set the film world on fire during the 1950s and 1960s, Gina Lollobrigida was an actress and director whose skill at both drama and light comedy was often overshadowed by her voluptuous figure. Though she never enjoyed the acclaim of contemporaries like Sophia Loren or Anna Magnani, she worked steadily in Hollywood and international features for nearly three decades, appearing opposite Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in the circus-themed "Trapeze" (1956) and Victor Hugo's remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1956). In 1959, she made quite an impression as the sexually-charged queen in the biblical epic "Solomon and Sheba," and earned a Golden Globe for her starring role opposite Rock Hudson in the romantic comedy "Come September" (1961). Lollobrigida went on to enjoy further success with the Italian-made "Venere Imperiale" (1962), "Strange Bedfellows" (1965) and "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" (1968), only to see her career wind down in the early 1970s. Though she earned praise for a 1984 guest spot on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), Lollobrigida focused her attention on other artistic endeavors like photojournalism and sculpting, while also being active in promoting Italian-American heritage and even dabbling in politics with an unsuccessful run for Italian office. Despite a later career of unimpressive films, Lollobrigida remained one of Italy's premiere exports.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ritratto di Fidel (1975) Director
2.
  Filippine, Le (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 XXL (1997) Gaby Berrebi
2.
 One Hundred and One Nights (1995) Actor For A Day
3.
4.
 Stelle Emigranti (1983) Herself
5.
7.
 King, Queen, Knave (1972) Martha
8.
 Bad Man's River (1972)
9.
 Filippine, Le (1972) Herself
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Sketched G.I.s and posed for Italian comic strips
1946:
Spotted by directed Mario Costa who put her into films as an extra in her debut, "Elisir d' Amore"
1949:
Howard Hughes at RKO saw one of "sexy" photos taken by Lollobrigida's husband; invited her to Hollywood; signed her to seven-year contract but prevented her from filming in Hollywood for years (date approximate)
1951:
Won international attention in Christian-Jaque's "Fanfan-la-Tulipe"
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Worked in Italy and France
1956:
First Hollywood film, "Trapeze"
1991:
Led the New York Columbus Day Parade with grand marshall Joe DiMaggio as Italy's Ambassador of Good Will and spokesperson for the city of Genoa
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Education

Rome Academy of Fine Arts: -

Notes

"As an actress she is handicapped by a lack of intensity, lack of presence; the personality is somewhat lack-lustre. She switches from comedy to drama without varying her approach. Her sex-appeal is basically that of an advertisement--hoarding." --David Shipman ("The Great Movie Stars: The International Years," 1972)

Lollobrigida sculpted the statue of Artemis, goddess of the hunt (which was executed by jeweler Gianmaria Buccellati), as the symbol for the Marseilles' International Festival of Women, celebrating female film directors, producers and actresses.

"I like to be behind the camera because you can feel life differently when you are not being watched all the time. You can know the world, know the people. You can really grow inside with the experience."--Gina Lollobrigida discussing her photography in the Daily News , October 14, 1991.

She was honored by a retrospective and an award for outstanding achievement by the Vienna Film Festival (1991)

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Drago Milko Skofic. Doctor. Married 1949, divorced 1968; Yugoslavian refugee when they met; took a series of "sexy" photos of her which were issued free to magazines; became her manager.
husband:
George Kaufman. Married 1969.

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father:
Giovanni Lollobrigida. Furniture factory owner. Factory destroyed during WWII.
mother:
Giuseppina Lollobrigida.
son:
Andrea Milko Skofic. Born 1957; married Italian journalist Maria Grazia 1990.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Innocence"

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