At age 14, entered a beauty contest in Naples and met Carlo Ponti who was a judge
Feature acting debut, "Variety Lights"; played a bit part in the film directed by Federico Fellini
First film collaboration with Marcello Mastroianni, "Cuori sul mare"
Changed name to Sophia Loren, which had been thought up by a producer
Signed contract with Carlo Ponti
First of eight collaborations with director Vittorio DeSica, "Gold of Naples,"; appeared in the segment, "Pizza on Credit"
First film in which she and Marcello Mastroianni played leading roles opposite each other, "Too Bad She's Bad"
Moved to Hollywood under contract to Paramount; first feature in Hollywood, "The Pride and the Passion"
TV debut in America as hostess of own special, "The World of Sophia Loren"
Served as president of Cannes Film Festival Jury
American TV acting debut, "Brief Encounter" (NBC); co-starred opposite Richard Burton
Acted in last film directed by Vittorio DeSica, "Il viaggio/The Voyage"
Last American-made film for over 15 years, "Brass Target"
Played both herself and her mother in an NBC TV-movie biopic, "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story"
Acted opposite her son Eduardo (then age 11, in his acting debut) in the TV-movie, "Aurora"
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
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mother in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play, "Nine"
Lent her voice to the Disney/Pixar film "Cars 2"