Sophia Loren


Actress
Sophia Loren

About

Also Known As
Sofia Villani Scicolone, Sofia Lazzaro
Birth Place
Naples, IT
Born
September 20, 1934

Biography

Italian actress and bona fide 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 c...

Photos & Videos

Operation Crossbow - Comic Book
Marriage Italian Style - Movie Posters
Operation Crossbow - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Carlo Ponti
Husband
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.

Bibliography

"Sophia Loren: A Biography"
Warren G Harris, Simon & Schuster (1998)
"Sophia Loren: Recipes and Memories"
Sophie Loren, Good Times Publishing (1998)
"Sophia--Living and Loving: Her Own Story"
Sophia Loren (1979)
"Eat with Me"
Sophia Loren

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)

Biography

Italian actress and bona fide 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. Throughout her career, Loren worked with some of film's most renowned directors and leading men, but the bulk of her artistic achievements were 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.

Sophia Loren was born Sofia Scicolone in the charity ward of a Rome hospital on Sept. 20, 1934. Her parents were never married, and her father left her mother Romilda Villani to raise her daughter on her own. Romilda, an aspiring actress and piano player, moved with Sophia and second daughter, Maria, to Pozzuoli, a small town outside Naples and one of the hardest hit during World War II. The family shared a two-room apartment with a grandmother and several aunts and uncles, where the shy, stick thin girl regularly went hungry and had to flee from bombings. Underneath the hardship and poverty, Loren later claimed she was born an actress and sought to perform from the age of 12. There were few financial opportunities for a single parent in the devastated post-war city, so Loren's ambitious mother decided to take advantage of her 14-year-old daughter's voluptuous figure and enter her into a local beauty contest. Loren placed second and set off in search of modeling work in Rome, where her exotic looks and pin-up figure found success in "fumetti" - comic-strip serials that used real photos instead of illustrations.

In 1949, Loren was runner-up in the Miss Italy contest and began to make small film appearances under the name Sofia Lazzaro. While attending the Miss Rome beauty contest, she met judge Carlo Ponti, an up-and-coming film producer and key player in the post war European cinema scene. He had already launched actress and model Gina Lollobrigida into stardom, and he sensed similar potential in Loren though her's was a less glamorous, more salt-of-the-earth appeal. The newcomer took drama lessons and appeared in over a dozen small films as directors struggled to find a niche for her charismatic presence. Her first sizeable role - and the first in which she used the Ponti-created stage name Sophia Loren - was 1952's "La Favorita," but her starring role in the 1953 film adaptation of Verdi's "Aida" was a major breakthrough which earned her critical notice and a production deal with Ponti. Vittorio De Sica's "Gold of Naples" (1954), which featured an inordinately long tracking shot of Loren as she swayed her hourglass figure through a village street, was her star-making performance and one that established her persona as a sensuous working class earth mother. It also began a fruitful, career-long collaboration with De Sica.

With "Gold of Naples," critics who had written her off as a pin-up girl now understood that Loren possessed originality, talent and palpable onscreen passion. She advanced to the forefront of Italian cinema with starring roles as plucky peasants, street thieves, and fishmongers in a dozen films, including "Too Bad She's Bad" (1954), which began her career-long on-screen pairing with Marcello Mastroianni. Loren co-starred with Anthony Quinn in the French production "Attila" (1954) and began to study English in anticipation of branching out internationally. Some of her films had been dubbed in English and released overseas to lukewarm reception, but Hollywood producers were certain she could become a star on U.S. soil if she were showcased in typical American-made fare. While still in Europe, she got her Hollywood feet wet in the Napoleonic epic "The Pride and the Passion" (1957), which billed Loren third after stars Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant, and proved to be one of the top U.S. box office successes of the year.

Loren's personal life grew extremely complicated during the production, however, as co-star Grant fell instantly in love with Loren and vowed to divorce his wife and marry her. The pair dated for a while (despite the fact that Grant was married and 30 years her senior), but Loren did not fall as hard as Grant did, despite the fact that she had grown up with a schoolgirl crush on the movie star. At the same time, Ponti - also married and 30 years her senior - stepped forward to declare that he, too, was in love with Loren. The pair had grown close during their years working together, with Ponti serving as a career mentor and also a kind, guiding father figure for the fatherless young adult. Later in the year, when Loren arrived in Hollywood preceded by a huge press campaign, Ponti's lawyers obtained a Mexican divorce for him and he and Loren were married. The actress jetted back to Cinecitta studios in Rome to shoot the silly aquatic romance "The Boy on the Dolphin" (1957), which sought to capitalize more on Loren's figure in a bathing suit than her insightful acting or wit. Grant was understandably devastated by Loren's decision of choosing Ponti over him and it took him a long time to recover.

The young ingénue was paired with dusty screen cowboy John Wayne in "Legend of the Lost" (1957), a lackluster African adventure, but was given more of a chance to use her talents in the adaptation of Eugene O'Neil's "Desire Under the Elms" (1958), where she was the center of a love triangle between a New England father (Burl Ives) and son (Anthony Perkins). It was the first product of a newly-inked deal between Loren and Paramount. What followed next was the hit romantic comedy "Houseboat" (1958) co-starring spurned lover Cary Grant as a single dad and Loren as their nanny. Not unexpectedly, the shoot was difficult for both, with Grant still harboring love for his ex. Loren was embraced by American audiences, though many of her supporters were disappointed to see her "dolled up" and playing a European aristocrat, which was about as far from her native appeal as possible. Paramount was intent on maintaining this image of Loren and again she appeared as a sophisticated urban woman in Sidney Lumet's clichéd melodrama "That Kind of Woman" (1959). Martin Ritt finally gave Loren a meaty character to inhabit in "The Black Orchid" (1958), where she played opposite Anthony Quinn as a hard-working mob widow. Her performance was recognized with a Best Actress honor at the Venice Film Festival, but the film did not draw American filmg rs.

When box office numbers for George Cukor's offbeat Western "Heller in Pink Tights" (1960) failed to excite Paramount execs, they cut Loren loose from her contract. Her final Paramount release - the romantic comedy "It Started in Naples" (1960) co-starring yet another older male co-star, Clark Gable - was a summer success, but by the time it was released, Loren and Ponti had returned to Europe. The pair received a chilly reception in Italy, which did not recognize divorce and considered Ponti a bigamist. The Catholic Church annulled Loren and Ponti's marriage, so the pair and Ponti's first wife moved to France, where divorce was legal, and began to establish citizenship with an eye towards clearing up the whole mess. Loren got right back to work, co-starring opposite Peter Sellers in the hit British comedy "The Millionairess" (1960), where she built on comic singing talents she had begun to display as a cabaret singer in "It Started in Naples." But she experienced the biggest success of her career when she reunited with director De Sica for "Two Women" (1960), which saw Loren reliving her war-torn youth to play a widow desperately trying to protect her daughter from danger, only to end up in a destructive love triangle with a young radical (Jean Paul Belmondo). She earned a Best Actress Academy Award, the first actress ever to do so for a foreign language performance.

In one of the better offerings from the "historic epic" trend of the era, Loren co-starred opposite Charlton Heston in "El Cid" (1961), a grand-scale adaptation of the life of the 11th century Castilian military general. She continued to work steadily in Italian, French and American productions, earning steady accolades for her work with De Sica and Mastroianni in the Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (1963) and "Marriage, Italian Style" (1964), which earned Loren an Academy nomination again for Best Actress. Among her bigger English language successes of the 1960s was Stanley Donen's stylish comic thriller "Arabesque" (1966) which co-starred Gregory Peck. The British production "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1967), co-starring Loren and Marlon Brando, was a flop but notable for being the final film directed by comic-turned-director, Charles Chaplin. The same year, Loren returned to her film roots with her role as a Spanish peasant opposite Omar Sharif as a marriage-minded prince in the lighthearted fairy tale "More than a Miracle" (1967). Off-screen, her own fairy tale romance finally had a happy ending when she and Ponti, now French citizens, were officially married.

After several miscarriages and a highly-publicized struggle to become pregnant, Loren gave birth to son Hubert Leoni Carlo Ponti in 1968. She returned to the screen to star opposite Mastroianni in De Sica's war drama "I Girasoli" (1972) and the following year, gave birth to her second son, Eduardo. Italian authorities dismissed Ponti's outstanding bigamy charges and the family was free to move back to their homeland, where Loren spent the majority of the decade in Italian productions. 1974's "Il Viaggio" marked the final directorial effort of De Sica, but Loren continued to enjoy onscreen success opposite Mastroianni in the mob comedy "La Pupa del Gangster" (1975) and in Ettore Scola's considerably more sophisticated drama, "A Special Day" (1977), which found favor with American audiences and earned a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Seeking to capitalize on Loren's latest U.S. success, Hollywood tapped Loren for a pair of thrillers - the WW II-set "The Brass Target" (1978) and "Firepower" (1979) which offered her a central role as a widow seeking answers in the murder of her chemist husband.

During the 1980s, Loren made only a few feature films while she raised her teenaged sons, but her status as a "legend" and a "survivor" was unshakably secure. She released the autobiography Sophia Loren: Living and Loving in 1979, and the following year starred in a made-for-TV adaptation entitled "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story" (1980), where she played both herself and her mother. In 1981, she became the first female celebrity to launch her own perfume, Sophia, and a brand of eyewear followed soon thereafter. Still an international symbol of beauty well into her 40s, she published another book, Women and Beauty (1984). More American TV movies followed, including "The Fortunate Pilgrim" (1988), Mario Puzo's miniseries about the Italian American experience. In 1990, Loren was awarded a second, honorary Oscar for her lifetime achievement in film, and in 1994, she returned to U.S. theaters in Robert Altman's much ballyho d (but disappointing) take on the French fashion scene, "Ready to Wear," which paired her one last time with Mastroianni. She followed up with her biggest U.S. hit in decades, the aging buddy comedy "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret as clashing citizens of a sleepy Minnesota town.

In 2007, Loren proved that she still had sizzle when she posed in a calendar for Italian racing tire giant Pirelli, appearing tousled and partially clothed in an unkempt bed. Sadly, that same year she lost her husband of 50 years, Carlo Ponti, who was said to have continually wo d his wife during all those decades by giving her a single rose every day of their marriage. The secret to their marital success was simple. Despite their position as showbiz royalty in their native land, the pair had relished their discrete, low profile lifestyle, with Loren claiming through the years that "show business is what we do, not what we are."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Femina (2011)
Nine (2009)
Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia (2006)
Between Strangers (2002)
Francesca and Nunziata (2001)
Francesca Montorsi
Soleil (1997)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Ready to Wear (1994)
Isabella De La Fontaine--Widow Of Olivier
Saturday, Sunday and Monday (1990)
Rosa Priore
Running Away (1989)
Cesira
Courage (1986)
Aurora (1984)
Aurora
Angela (1984)
Angela Kincaid
Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980)
Romilda Villani; Sophia
Firepower (1979)
Blood Feud (1978)
Concetta Paterno
Brass Target (1978)
The Cassandra Crossing (1977)
A Special Day (1977)
Antonietta
Verdict (1974)
Teresa
The Voyage (1974)
Brief Encounter (1974)
Anna Jesson
La Pupa del gangster (1974)
Lady Liberty (1972)
Maddalena Ciarrapico
Man of La Mancha (1972)
Dulcinea/Aldonza
Lady Liberty (1972)
Bianco, Rosso e... (1971)
Sister Germana
The Priest's Wife (1971)
Valeria
Sunflower (1970)
Giovanna
Ghosts--Italian Style (1969)
Maria
More Than a Miracle (1967)
Isabella
A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)
Natascha
Arabesque (1966)
Yasmin Azir
Lady L (1966)
Lady L
Judith (1966)
Judith Auerbach
Operation Crossbow (1965)
Nora
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964)
Anna
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964)
Mara
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964)
Adelina
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Lucilla
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Filomena Marturano
A Day in Court (1963)
Anna
Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
Lisa Macklin
Two Nights With Cleopatra (1963)
Cleopatra/Cleopatra's double
The Condemned of Altona (1963)
Johanna
Madame (1963)
Catherine Hubscher [Madame]
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Zoe
Showman (1962)
Herself
Neapolitan Carousel (1961)
Sisina
El Cid (1961)
Chimene
The Millionairess (1961)
Epifania [Parerga]
Two Women (1961)
Cesira
Neapolitan Carousel (1961)
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Angela Rossini
A Breath of Scandal (1960)
Princess Olympia
It Started in Naples (1960)
Lucia Curcio
The Black Orchid (1959)
Rose Bianco
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Katherine
Houseboat (1958)
Cinzia Zaccardi
The Key (1958)
Stella
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Anna Cabot
Attila (1958)
Woman of the River (1958)
Nives
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Phaedra
Legend of the Lost (1957)
Dita
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Juana
The Gold of Naples (1957)
La Fortuna di essere Donna (1956)
Too Bad She's Bad (1955)
The Sign of Venus (1955)
The River Girl (1954)
Aida (1954)
Aida
Un Giorno in pretura (1953)
Altri Tempi (1952)
("The Camera"/"La Macchina Fotografica")
La Tratta delle Bianche (1952)
La Favorita (1952)
Anna (1951)
Variety Lights (1950)

Music (Feature Film)

The Lobster (2015)
Song Performer
Nine (2009)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival: Sophia Loren (2016)
Herself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1999)
Presenter
The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards (1999)
Images of Life: Photographs That Changed the World (1996)
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996)
Presenter
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1993)
Presenter
The All-Star Salute to Our Troops (1991)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Performer
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
Rich and Famous 1988 World's Best (1988)
Michael Jackson (1988)
The World of Sophia Loren (1962)
Host

Cast (Short)

Human Voice (2014)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988)
Lucia Angeluzzi Corbo

Life Events

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"

Photo Collections

Operation Crossbow - Comic Book
Here are a few pages from Operation Crossbow, a comic book adaptation of the 1965 thriller, as published by Dell Comics.
Marriage Italian Style - Movie Posters
Marriage Italian Style - Movie Posters
Operation Crossbow - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills taken for Operation Crossbow (1965), starring Sophia Loren and George Peppard. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Two Women - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from the MGM release of the Italian film Two Women (1960), starring Sophia Loren. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Boy on a Dolphin - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Fox's Boy on a Dolphin (1957), starring Alan Ladd and Sophia Loren. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
El Cid - Pressbook
Here is the a campaign book (pressbook) for El Cid (1961). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Heller in Pink Tights - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Paramount's Heller in Pink Tights (1960), starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Movie Poster
Here is the original American-release movie poster for the Italian film Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
Five Miles to Midnight - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Five Miles to Midnight (1963), starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Pride and the Passion - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Pride and the Passion (1957), starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Sophia Loren. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Special Day, A (1977) - You'd Even Keep Hitler Waiting After nearly six minutes of chilling newsreel footage detailing Hitler’s 1938 visit to Mussolini in Rome, and Nazi flags being unfurled in cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis’ desaturated color, we meet Sophia Loren as housewife Antoinieta, John Vernon her husband, in an elaborate single shot, in director Ettore Scola’s A Special Day, 1977, also starring Marcello Mastroianni.
Special Day, A (1977) - It's Not A Person Dozing off while reading an Italian fascist comic book, her Rome apartment building nearly vacant because everyone’s gone to the parade for Adolph Hitler, Sophia Loren as housewife Antoineta is wakened by the family mynah bird, and meets neighbor Gabriele (Marcello Mastroianni), in director Ettore Scola’s A Special Day, 1977.
Special Day, A (1977) - The Virtue Of A Mediocre Mind In cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis’ widely-praised desaturated color, in 1938 Rome, with coverage of Hitler’s visit to Rome playing on the radio, troubled bachelor Gabriele (Marcello Mastroianni) surprises neighbor housewife Antoineta (Sophia Loren), abandoning his excuse quickly, after they first met that same morning, in director Ettore Scola’s A Special Day, 1977.
Two Women (1960) - Those Men Will Come Back Now on foot on their trek from wartime Rome to her rural home province, mother Cesira (Sophia Loren) and daughter Rosetta (Eleanora Brown) are also fleeing local fascist militia brigands, meeting a passerby as Allied aircraft roar overhead, in Vittorio De Sica’s drama of the “Marocchinate” war crime campaign, Two Women, 1960.
Two Women (1960) - Those Germans Aren't So Bad Fleeing Allied bombs in Rome, Cesira (Sophia Loren) and daughter Rosetta (Eleanora Brown), decide to walk when the train can't go on, amusing German soldiers, in Vittorio De Sica's drama of the war crime campaign known as the “Marocchinate,” Two Women, 1960.
Two Women (1960) - To A New World Cesira (Sophia Loren), Rosetta (Eleanora Brown) and their Marxist friend Michele (Jean-Paul Belmondo), are the only villagers willing to feed two English soldiers, in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women, 1960.
Brass Target (1978) - A Friend In The Right Uniform John Cassavetes as grizzled Major Joe DeLucca in post-War Germany, inquiring about stolen Allied gold meets unhinged alcoholic fixer Col. McCauley (Patrick McGoohan), who has acquired his Polish ex-girlfriend Mara (Sophia Loren), her first scene, in Brass Target, 1978.
Man Of La Mancha (1972) - It's All The Same! Sophia Loren in her first scene as "Aldonza," the "serving wench," hard to imagine another actress doing better, with It's All The Same by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, her own vocal, in Alberto Grimaldi's production of Man Of La Mancha, 1972.
Live From The TCM Classic Film Festival: Sophia Loren (2016) - Introduction Edoardo Ponti introduces his mother, Sophia Loren, in the acclaimed TCM Original Production, Live From The TCM Classic Film Festival: Sophia Loren, 2016.
Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow - I'll Grow Roots Famous scene with Sophia Loren (as Roman prostitute Mara) doing a striptease for client Augusto (Marcello Mastroianni), when she remembers a vow, from the third part of Vittorio De Sica's three-part comedy Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow, 1964.
Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow - She's Got The Belly! When Naples cigarette peddler Adelina (Sophia Loren) joins unemployed husband Carmine (Marcello Mastroianni), their lawyer (Agostino Salvietti) realizes her pregnancy is the answer, in Vittorio De Sica's Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow, 1964.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - The Outcome Of The War Opening, the point being that this is a full-scale Carlo Ponti WWII espionage feature, starring his wife Sophia Loren, and lots of people got their names billed before the title; also Churchill (Patrick Wymark) himself is involved, visited by Richard Johnson as Duncan Sandys (a historical figure, actually Churchill’s son-in-law), from Operation Crossbow, 1965.

Trailer

That Kind Of Woman (1959) -- Original Trailer Theatrical trailer for the unsuccessful but ambitious racy semi-comedy, starring Sophia Loren, produced by her husband Carlo Ponti, directed by Sidney Lumet, with teen heart-throb Tab Hunter as the leading man, That Kind Of Woman 1959.
Houseboat - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant is a widower who hires runaway socialite Sophia Loren to look after his children on his rickety Houseboat (1958).
Pride and The Passion, The - (Original Trailer) A British naval officer (Cary Grant) helps Spanish peasants haul a large cannon cross-country to battle Napoleon in The Pride and The Passion (1957).
Five Miles to Midnight - (U.S. Trailer) Sophia Loren tries to free herself from her husband by helping him fake his own death in the thriller Five Miles to Midnight (1963).
Boy on a Dolphin - (Original Trailer) A Greek diver finds a rare statue plunging her into intrigue in Boy on a Dolphin (1957) starring Sophia Loren and Alan Ladd.
Ghosts - Italian Style - (Original Trailer) A husband (Vittorio Gassman) and wife (Sophia Loren) live in a mansion haunted by a romantic rival in the comedy Ghosts - Italian Style (1968).
Heller In Pink Tights - (Original Trailer) Touring actors in the wild West brave Indians and outlaws in Heller In Pink Tights (1960) starring Sophia Loren, directed by George Cukor.
Cassandra Crossing, The - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast is trapped on a train carrying a deadly virus in The Cassandra Crossing (1976) starring Sophia Loren and Martin Sheen.
Legend of the Lost - (Original Trailer) Three adventurers (John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rosanno Brazzi) search for a treasure in a forbidden desert temple.
It Started in Naples - (Original Trailer) When a lawyer (Clark Gable) tries to settle his brother's affairs he falls for an in-law (Sophia Loren) in It Started in Naples (1960).
More Than a Miracle - (Original Trailer) Omar Sharif is the handsome prince in love with serving girl Sophia Loren in the fairy tale romance More Than A Miracle (1967), directed by Francesco Rosi.
Arabesque - (Original Trailer) Gregory Peck is the innocent professor pulled into espionage in Stanley Donen's follow-up to Charade, Arabesque (1966).

Family

Riccardo Scicolone
Father
Romilda Villani
Mother
Artist, actor. Born c. 1910; died May 9, 1991 in Rome at age 81 after long illness.
Anna Maria Scicolone
Sister
Formerly married to Romano Mussolini, third son of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy in the 1930s and during WWII.
Carlo Ponti Jr
Son
Conductor, pianist. Born in 1969; graduated from Pepperdine University (majored in music) in 1991; went on to graduate work at USC in conducting.
Eduardo Ponti
Son
Screenwriter, director, producer actor. Born c. 1973; studied at USC majoring in film; made first film "Liv" (1998).
Alessandra Mussolini
Niece
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.

Companions

Carlo Ponti
Husband
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.

Bibliography

"Sophia Loren: A Biography"
Warren G Harris, Simon & Schuster (1998)
"Sophia Loren: Recipes and Memories"
Sophie Loren, Good Times Publishing (1998)
"Sophia--Living and Loving: Her Own Story"
Sophia Loren (1979)
"Eat with Me"
Sophia Loren

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)