Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

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Sophia Loren was born on Sep 20, 1934 in Italy. Sophia Loren's big-screen debut came with Tototarzan directed by Mario Mattoli in 1950. Sophia Loren is known for The Lobster directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, Jacqueline Abrahams stars as Donkey Shooter and Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Doctor. Sophia Loren has got 73 awards and 42 nominations so far. The most recent award Sophia Loren achieved is AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. The upcoming new movie Sophia Loren plays is The Lost Daughter which will be released on Dec 31, 2021.

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome on September 20, 1934. Her father Riccardo was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone). Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced great sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest and placed as one of the finalists. It was here that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she later married. Perhaps he was the father figure she never experienced as a child. Under his guidance, Sophia was put under contract and appeared as an extra in ten films beginning with Le sei mogli di Barbablù (1950), before working her way up to supporting roles. In these early films, she was credited as "Sofia Lazzaro" because people joked her beauty could raise Lazzarus from the dead.By her late teens, Sophia was playing lead roles in many Italian features such as La favorita (1952) and Aïda (1953). In 1957, she embarked on a successful acting career in the United States, starring in Ombres sous la mer (1957), La cité disparue (1957), and Orgueil et passion (1957) that year. She had a short-lived but much-publicized fling with co-star Cary Grant, who was nearly 31 years her senior. She was only 22 while he was 53, and she rejected a marriage proposal from him. They were paired together a second time in the family-friendly romantic comedy La péniche du bonheur (1958). While under contract to Paramount, Sophia starred in Désir sous les ormes (1958), La clé (1958), L'orchidée noire (1958), C'est arrivé à Naples (1960), La diablesse en collant rose (1960), Un scandale à la cour (1960), and Les dessous de la millionnaire (1960) before returning to Italy to star in Deux femmes (1960). The film was a period piece about a woman living in war-torn Italy who is raped while trying to protect her young daughter. Originally cast as the more glamorous child, Sophia fought against type and was re-cast as the mother, displaying a lack of vanity and proving herself as a genuine actress. This performance received international acclaim and was honored with an Academy Award for Best Actress.Sophia remained a bona fide international movie star throughout the sixties and seventies, making films on both sides of the Atlantic, and starring opposite such leading men as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. Her English-language films included Le Cid (1961), La chute de l'Empire romain (1964), Arabesque (1966), L'homme de la Manche (1972), and Le pont de Cassandra (1976). She gained wider respect with her Italian films, especially Mariage à l'italienne (1964) and Une journée particulière (1977), both of which co-starred Marcello Mastroianni. During these years she received a second Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards.From the eighties onward, Sophia's appearances on the big screen came few and far between. She preferred to spend the majority of her time raising sons Carlo Ponti Jr. (b. 1968) and Edoardo Ponti (b. 1973). Her only acting credits during the decade were five television films, beginning with Sophia Loren (1980), a biopic in which she portrayed herself and her mother. She ventured into other areas of business and became the first actress to launch her own fragrance and design of eyewear. In 1982 she voluntarily spent nineteen days in jail for tax evasion.In 1991 Sophia received an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work, and was declared "one of world cinema's greatest treasures." That same year, she experienced a terrible loss when her mother died of cancer. Her return to mainstream films in Prêt-à-porter (1994) was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. She followed this up with her biggest U.S. hit in years, the comedy Les grincheux 2 (1995), in which she played a sexy divorcée who seduces Walter Matthau. Over the next decade Sophia had plum roles in a few independent films like Soleil (1997), Coeurs inconnus (2002) (directed by Edoardo), and Lives of the Saints (2004). Still beautiful at 72, she posed scantily-clad for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar. Sadly, that same year she mourned the death of her 94-year-old spouse, Carlo Ponti. In 2009, after far too much time away from film, she appeared in the musical Nine (2009) opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. These days Sophia is based in Switzerland but frequently travels to the states to spend time with her sons and their families (Eduardo is married to actress Sasha Alexander). Sophia Loren remains one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world.

  • Birthday

    Sep 20, 1934
  • Place of Birth

    Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Also known

    Софи Лорен, 소피아 로렌, Софі Лорен, Софія Лорен, Sofia Lazzaro, Sofia Scicolone, Sofia Loren, София Лорен

Known For


73 wins & 42 nominations

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards
Best Actress
Winner - Movies for Grownups Award
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Winner - EDA Special Mention Award
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
Winner - EDA Special Mention Award
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