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Sophia Loren ACTOR


Sophia Loren was born on September 20th, 1934 in Rome, Lazio Italy with the birth name Sofia Villani Scicolone.  Her father was a man by the name of Ricardo and he was already married to another woman, refusing to marry Loren's mother, Romilda even though she also gave birth to his other child too, Maria Scicolone. 
She grew up poverty stricken during World War II and had a very rough childhood.  When she was fourteen years old she entered a beauty contest and placed in the top finalists.  She then caught the eye of a film producer, Carlo Ponti who was twenty two years older then her.  Surprisingly, they married and he took her under his wing and gave her guidance.  She enrolled in acting classes and soon she was getting small parts in a variety of films such as, "La Favorita" (1953) and "Aida" (1953) . 
Sophia soon relocated to the United States at an attempt to get involved in American made films.  She debuted in, "The Pride and the Passion" (1957) co-starring Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra, soon followed by, "Houseboat" (1958) starring Cary Grant, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert, Harry Guardino, Werner Klemperer, John Litel and Mimi Gibson.  She was working films in both America and in Europe and returned overseas to star in the film, "Two Women" (1960) co-starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleonora Brown, Carlo Ninchi and Andrea Checchi, which was highly successful and earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.  This was the first time a Best Actress Oscar had been awarded for a non American film.

She starred in "Legend of the Lost" (1957) with John Wayne along with Rossano Brazzi.
Her career continued to take her to a whole new level of stardom.  She was an international movie star and did not limit herself to only American made films.  Some of her more well known Italian films were, "Marriage Italian Style" (1964) with Marcello Mastroianni and "A Special Day" (1977).  While her more well known American films were, "El Cid" (1961) co-starring Charlton Heston, "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964) starring alongside Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Alec Guinness, Mel Ferrer, John Ireland and Omar Sharif, "Arabesque" (1966) also starring Gregory Peck, a musical called, "Man of La Mancha" (1972) starring with Peter O'Toole and "The Priest's Wife" (1971) with Marcello Mastroianni.  
As her career entered the 1980's, Loren chose not to do so many roles and instead chose to focus on her family.  She also decided to try something different with her career status and launch her own fragrance and designed eye wear. 
She did make a comeback to the film industry first with a role on, "Prêt-à-Porter (1994) ("Ready to Wear") followed by what turned out to be her biggest US box-office hit, "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) also starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Katie Sagona and Ann Morgan Guilbert. 

On occasion she would appear in some more films overseas such as, "Between Strangers" (2002) starring with Mira Sorvino, Deborah Kara Unger, Pete Postlethwaite, Julian Richings, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Malcolm McDowell and Corey Sevier, "Lives of the Saints" (2004) sharring the spotlight with Nick Mancuso, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Paré, Fab Filippo and Sabrina Ferilli, a television movie and "Nine" (2009).
Sophia remained married to the love of her life, Carlo Ponti from 1966 through 2007 when he passed away and they had two children together, Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo Ponti.  Today, she spends most of her time between Switzerland and Los Angeles with her family. 
Throughout her career, Loren received a total of two Oscar nominations and won five Golden Globe Award.  She was also chosen in 1991, by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World and Empire magazine voted her as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history in 1995.  

There is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of the contributions made by Sophia Loren to the Motion Picture Industry. 


2010 My House Is Full of Mirrors 
2009 Nine 
2004 Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers 
2004 Lives of the Saints 
2002 Between Strangers 
2001 Francesca and Nunziata 
1997 Soleil 
1995 Grumpier Old Men 
1994 Prêt-à-Porter 
1991 Sabato, domenica e lunedì 
1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim 
1988 Running Away 
1986 Courage
1985 Qualcosa di biondo 
1980 Sophia Loren: Her Own Story 
1979 Firepower 
1978 Brass Target 
1978 Blood Feud 
1978 Angela 
1977 A Special Day 
1976 The Cassandra Crossing
1975 La pupa del gangster 
1974 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1974 Brief Encounter 
1974 Verdict 
1974 The Voyage 
1972 Man of La Mancha 
1972 Lady Liberty 
1972 The Sin
1971 The Priest's Wife
1970 Sunflower 
1967 Ghosts - Italian Style 
1967 More Than a Miracle 
1967 A Countess from Hong Kong 
1966 Arabesque 
1966 Judith 
1965 Lady L 
1965 Operation Crossbow 
1964 Marriage Italian Style 
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire 
1963 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 
1962 Five Miles to Midnight 
1962 The Condemned of Altona 
1962 Boccaccio '70 
1961 Madame 
1961 El Cid 
1960 Two Women 
1960 The Millionairess 
1960 It Started in Naples 
1960 A Breath of Scandal 
1960 Heller in Pink Tights 
1959 That Kind of Woman 
1958 Houseboat 
1958 The Black Orchid 
1958 The Key 
1958 Desire Under the Elms
1957 Legend of the Lost
1957 The Pride and the Passion
1957 Boy on a Dolphin 
1957 Ci troviamo in galleria 
1956 Un giorno in pretura 
1955 Lucky to Be a Woman
1955 Scandal in Sorrento
1955 The Miller's Beautiful Wife 
1955 Il segno di Venere
1954 The River Girl
1954 Too Bad She's Bad
1954 Attila
1954 The Gold of Naples
1954 Neapolitan Carousel
1954 Poverty and Nobility
1954 The Anatomy of Love
1954 The Country of the Campanelli
1953 Aida
1953 La favorita
1953 Africa sotto i mari
1953 La domenica della buona gente 
1953 Pilgrim of Love 
1953 Two Nights with Cleopatra 
1952 Le sei mogli di Barbablù 
1952 Il sogno di Zorro
1952 The Piano Tuner Has Arrived 
1951 Anna
1951 Il padrone del vapore
1951 Era lui... sì! sì!
1951 Il mago per forza 
1951 Quo Vadis 
1951 Milano miliardaria 
1951 Io sono il capataz
1951 Lebbra bianca
1950 Cuori sul mare 
1950 Totò Tarzan 
1950 Il voto   

Matinee Classics - Legend of the Lost starring John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rosanno Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar
Matinee Classics - Legend of the Lost starring John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rosanno Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar
Matinee Classics - Legend of the Lost starring John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rosanno Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar
Matinee Classics - Legend of the Lost starring John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rosanno Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar
Matinee Classics - Boy on a Dolphin starring Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb and Sophia Loren
Matinee Classics - The Pride and the Passion starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello, Jose Nieto and Philip Van Zandt

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