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Also Known As: Sofia Villani Scicolone, Sofia Lazzaro Died:
Born: September 20, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actress, model

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Italian actress and bonafide screen goddess Sophia Loren made over 100 films in her 50-year career, remaining one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. Much of her success could be found in the films of Italian director Vittorio De Sica, who called her "the essential Italian woman" and who captured her earthy, authentic sensibilities in romantic comedies and gut-wrenching dramas alike. While a cultural institution in her native country, Loren's homeland appeal never fully translated to U.S. audiences, though she earned plenty of fans based on her traffic-stopping physical assets. Hollywood's attempts to insert her into generic "European sex bomb" roles failed to showcase the actress' depth, even if it sometimes captured her acute wit. Throughout her career, Loren worked with some of film's most renowned directors and leading men, but the bulk of her artistic achievements remained in Italian cinema and opposite her frequent lead, Marcello Mastroianni. In addition to her many European accolades, Hollywood recognized her with Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actress win for "Ciociara, La" ("Two Women") (1960) and years later, an honorary Oscar for her...

Italian actress and bonafide screen goddess Sophia Loren made over 100 films in her 50-year career, remaining one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. Much of her success could be found in the films of Italian director Vittorio De Sica, who called her "the essential Italian woman" and who captured her earthy, authentic sensibilities in romantic comedies and gut-wrenching dramas alike. While a cultural institution in her native country, Loren's homeland appeal never fully translated to U.S. audiences, though she earned plenty of fans based on her traffic-stopping physical assets. Hollywood's attempts to insert her into generic "European sex bomb" roles failed to showcase the actress' depth, even if it sometimes captured her acute wit. Throughout her career, Loren worked with some of film's most renowned directors and leading men, but the bulk of her artistic achievements remained in Italian cinema and opposite her frequent lead, Marcello Mastroianni. In addition to her many European accolades, Hollywood recognized her with Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actress win for "Ciociara, La" ("Two Women") (1960) and years later, an honorary Oscar for her many contributions to both American and Italian cinema.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Human Voice (2014)
2.
 Femina (2011)
3.
 Nine (2009)
5.
 Between Strangers (2002) Olivia
6.
 Francesca and Nunziata (2001) Francesca Montorsi
7.
 Soleil (1997) Mama Titine
8.
 Grumpier Old Men (1995) Maria Ragetti
9.
 Ready to Wear (1994) Isabella De La Fontaine--Widow Of Olivier
10.
 Saturday, Sunday and Monday (1990) Rosa Priore
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At age 14, entered a beauty contest in Naples and met Carlo Ponti who was a judge
1950:
Feature acting debut, "Variety Lights"; played a bit part in the film directed by Federico Fellini
1950:
First film collaboration with Marcello Mastroianni, "Cuori sul mare"
1952:
Changed name to Sophia Loren, which had been thought up by a producer
1953:
Signed contract with Carlo Ponti
1954:
First of eight collaborations with director Vittorio DeSica, "Gold of Naples,"; appeared in the segment, "Pizza on Credit"
1955:
First film in which she and Marcello Mastroianni played leading roles opposite each other, "Too Bad She's Bad"
1957:
Moved to Hollywood under contract to Paramount; first feature in Hollywood, "The Pride and the Passion"
1962:
TV debut in America as hostess of own special, "The World of Sophia Loren"
1966:
Served as president of Cannes Film Festival Jury
1974:
American TV acting debut, "Brief Encounter" (NBC); co-starred opposite Richard Burton
1974:
Acted in last film directed by Vittorio DeSica, "Il viaggio/The Voyage"
1978:
Last American-made film for over 15 years, "Brass Target"
1980:
Played both herself and her mother in an NBC TV-movie biopic, "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story"
1984:
Acted opposite her son Eduardo (then age 11, in his acting debut) in the TV-movie, "Aurora"
1994:
Appeared in first American film since 1978, "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"; directed by Robert Altman and re-teamed with Marcello Mastroianni; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1994:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2002:
Returned to the Venice Film Festival after years away to support her 29-year-old son, director Edoardo Ponti, whose film "Between Strangers" Loren starred in
2009:
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mother in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play, "Nine"
2011:
Lent her voice to the Disney/Pixar film "Cars 2"
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Notes

"He was my school, my teacher, my mentor, my everything. I really owe it all to him. Later you begin to apprehend how you can pick up from other people here and there--but the base he gave me." --Sophia Loren discussing Vittorio DeSica's influence on her acting and career in NEW YORK POST, October 3, 1991)

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husband:
Carlo Ponti. Producer. Met in 1951; married in 1957; marriage annulled in 1962 due to charges by Italian government that Ponti's divorce from previous wife was not valid and therefore he was a bigamist; legally married in France in 1966.

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father:
Riccardo Scicolone.
mother:
Romilda Villani. Artist, actor. Born c. 1910; died May 9, 1991 in Rome at age 81 after long illness.
sister:
Anna Maria Scicolone. Formerly married to Romano Mussolini, third son of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy in the 1930s and during WWII.
son:
Carlo Ponti Jr. Conductor, pianist. Born in 1969; graduated from Pepperdine University (majored in music) in 1991; went on to graduate work at USC in conducting.
son:
Eduardo Ponti. Screenwriter, director, producer actor. Born c. 1973; studied at USC majoring in film; made first film "Liv" (1998).
niece:
Alessandra Mussolini. Actor. Born c. 1962; appeared in Israeli film "The Road to Einharold", in Ettore Scola's "Una Giornata Partibato" and Lina Wertmuller's "Saturday, Sunday and Monday" (1992); also acted on Italian TV and later became a physician in training; won a seat in the Italian Parliament running on the neo-Fascist ticket (1992); married to Capt. Mauro Floriani, a customs police officer.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Sophia--Living and Loving: Her Own Story"
"Eat with Me"
"Sophia Loren: A Biography" Simon & Schuster
"Sophia Loren: Recipes and Memories" Good Times Publishing
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2007: has signed onto the cast of "Nine," in pre-production, directed by Rob Marshall

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