Sophia Loren

Biography

Date of Birth 20 September 1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy Birth Name Sofia Villani Scicolone Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m) Mini Biography She is the illegitimate child of Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Sophia grew up in the slums of Pozzuoli, just outside Naples. After insignificant parts in Luci del varietà (1950) and Quo Vadis (1951), she met movie-director Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she later married. Perhaps he was the father figure she never experienced as a child. In 1961, she received an Academy Award for Ciociara, La (1960) ("Two Women"). This beautiful lady became one of the major sex symbol of the sixties, competing with Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda. She was a very close friend of Cary Grant. She gained wider respect with her later movies like The Cassandra Crossing (1976), Giornata particolare, Una (1977) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). A lot of her movies were produced by her husband. In many of her movies, she played together with Marcello Mastroianni. Spouse Carlo Ponti (9 April 1966 - 10 January 2007) (his death) 2 children Carlo Ponti (17 September 1957 - 1962) (annulled) Trivia As a child, she also had the nickname, "Toothpick". Filed a lawsuit against 76 websites for using "fraudulent photographs" of her on adult sites (17 September 1999). Mother of Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo Ponti She may have been the voluptuous sex goddess as an adult, but until the age of 14, she was a skinny child and considered an ugly duckling, nicknamed 'The Stick'. Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world (1991). She had her marriage annulled to save Carlo Ponti from bigamy charges in Italy. She served 18 days in prison in Italy in 1982 for tax evasion. Born at 2:10pm-CET Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#25) (1995). Derives great pleasure from rolling her bare feet over a wooden rolling pin while watching TV. She didn't get along with Marlon Brando during the shooting of A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), especially after the day they were doing a love scene and he commented, "Did you know you have hairs up your nostrils?". She performed two duets with Peter Sellers which were major hits in the UK pop chart. 'Goodness Gracious Me' was released in 1960 and reached four and 'Bangers and Mash' made it to the top 20 in 1961. Carlo Ponti obtains a Mexican divorce from his first wife and marries Sophia by proxy, while she was in Hollywood, filming Houseboat (1958) - and dating co-star Cary Grant (17 September 1957). While filming Boy on a Dolphin (1957), Sophia was required to walk in a trench in order to give audiences the impression that her diminutive co-star, Alan Ladd, was taller than she. Her sister Anna Maria Scicolone was married to dictator Benito Mussolini's son, Romano. Suffered from stage fright and, therefore, never appeared in a theatrical production. Measurements: 38C-24-38 (self-described - 1955, and from Edith Head- 1957), 36D-24-37 3/4 (at age 50 - 1985) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Had 2 miscarriages prior to her first born son Carlo. Because of these complications, she had to take complete bedrest throughout her first and second successful pregnancies. Her mother won an all-Italy Greta Garbo lookalike contest run by MGM in 1932; but, being only 17 years old, her mother wouldn't allow her to pursue her Hollywood dream. Soon after, she became pregnant with Sofia. Her adopted surname is a slight variation of "Toren" after the Swedish actress Märta Torén. Her mother named her after her paternal grandmother, so when Sofia's father abandoned her, her maternal grandmother began calling her 'Lella'. Won a Grammy award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for her work in "Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus" along with former US President Bill Clinton and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. Was named #21 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends Often called the "Italian Marilyn Monroe". At times, male actors have been hesitant to appear with her, due to the fact that she stands nearly 5' 9" and wears towering heels and tall hair that can make her look over 6 feet tall. Portrays herself and her mother in Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980) (TV) Her "Best Actress" Academy Award was the first Oscar ever given for a performance in a "foreign-language" film. Received a honorary citizenship in her hometown of Pozzouli, Italy on June 22, 2005. President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966. Is portrayed by Sonia Aquino in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) One of eight women, also among them Susan Sarandon and author Isabel Allende, carrying the Olympic flag at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Turin (10 February 2006). She and Marcello Mastroianni made 13 movies together: Bella mugnaia, La (1955), Fatto di sangue fra due uomini per causa di una vedova - si sospettano moventi politici (1978), Fortuna di essere donna, La (1956), Giornata particolare, Una (1977), Girasoli, I (1970), Ieri, oggi, domani (1963), Matrimonio all'italiana (1964), Moglie del prete, La (1971), Peccato che sia una canaglia (1954), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Pupa del gangster, La (1975), Questi fantasmi (1968) and Tempi nostri (1954). Godmother of Drew Barrymore. Being a fan of soccer club S.S.C. Napoli, she told the daily "Gazzetta dello Sport", when the team was just third in Serie B, that she would do a striptease if they achieved promotion to Serie A for the next season. When they managed to achieve promotion, she explained that she had made just a joke (June 2007). Appeared in the 2007 edition of the famous Pirelli Calendar at the age of 72, making her the oldest model in its history. Owns an apartment in the Trump World Tower in New York. Mentioned in Bob Dylan's song "I Shall Be Free". Hating beauty salons, she does her hair and nails herself. Being one of the contestants at the 1950 Miss Italia competition, she earned the 2nd place and was awarded "Miss Eleganza". The Best Actress Oscar she won for Ciociara, La (1960) (Two Women) was stolen by thieves from her Italian villa. AMPAS later replaced it for a small fee. Is one of five performers to win an Oscar playing a character that spoke mostly in a foreign language. The other are Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Roberto Benigni and Benicio Del Toro. Personal Quotes "Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got." "Mistakes are a part of the dues one pays for a full life." "The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty." "Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent." "It's a game I never play." - Sophia Loren on adultery [Explaining why she stopped doing nude scenes] "When Sophia Loren is naked, that is a lot of nakedness." "Cooking is an act of love, a gift, a way of sharing with others the little secrets -- 'piccoli segreti' -- that are simmering on the burners." "A woman's dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view." "A mother has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough. [on Tyrone Power] Tyrone Power was my ideal man. [on Marcello Mastroianni] Marcello is a man who thinks like a man, talks like a man -- is a man! He has so much magnetism, he brings out the very soul in a woman. [on Gregory Peck] One of the most charming men I've ever met. [on Cary Grant] I learned many things working with Cary Grant. He has such tremendous concentration. Many actors do not have the courage to stand still. Cary Grant knows how to concentrate, how to look directly at you, but always with great relaxation. [on actress Gina Lollobrigida] Gina's personality is limited. She is good playing a peasant but is incapable of playing a lady. That said, I don't think she's positively mad about me. Because I'm bigger than she? It's possible. Who knows? Salary Man of La Mancha (1972) $750,000 The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) $1,000,000 El Cid (1961) $750,000 Where Are They Now (1998) Release of her cookbook, "Sophia Loren's Recipes and Memories". (1972) Release of her cookbook, "In the Kitchen with Love".

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Birth Name

Sofia Constanza Brigida Villani Scicolone

Birth Place

Roma, Italia

Birth Date

9/20/1934
Known For
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Grumpier Old Men

Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti

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The Fall of the Roman Empire

Lucilla

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El Cid

Jimena

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A Special Day

Antonietta Taberi

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Adelina Sbaratti / Anna Molteni / Mara

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The Cassandra Crossing

Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain

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Houseboat

Cinzia Zaccardi

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Two Women

Cesira

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Marriage Italian Style

Filumena Marturano

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Man of La Mancha

Aldonza/Dulcinea

Starring In
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Belmondo L'Incorrigible

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The Life Ahead

Madame Rosa

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Sophia Loren - Porträt einer Diva

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Behind the White Glasses

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Frank Sinatra. Die Stimme Amerikas

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Human Voice

Angela

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Herself (archive footage)

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I am Divine

Kay (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Mademoiselle C

Self

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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Love, Marilyn

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Bert Stern: Original Madman

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

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L'ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo

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Nine

Mamma

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Hollywood on the Tiber

Herself (archive footage)

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La rabbia di Pasolini

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Marcello Mastroianni: Il Fascino Discreto della Normalità

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Between Strangers

Olivia

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film & 'La vita è bella' Film Clip

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Grumpier Old Men

Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti

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Ready to Wear

Isabella de la Fontaine

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Herself (archive footage)

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Anthony Quinn: An Original

Herself (archive footage)

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Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Rosa Priore

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Firepower

Adele Tasca

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Brass Target

Mara

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D'amour et de sang

Titina Paterno

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A Special Day

Antonietta Taberi

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The Cassandra Crossing

Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain

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Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca

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Die Puppe des Gangsters

Pupa

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Verdict

Teresa Leoni

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Brief Encounter

Anna Jesson

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Die Reise nach Palermo

Adriana de Mauro

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Man of La Mancha

Aldonza/Dulcinea

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White Sister

Suor Germana

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Mortadela

Maddalena Ciarrapico

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Sunflower

Giovanna

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A Countess from Hong Kong

Natascha

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More Than a Miracle

Isabella Candeloro

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Ghosts, Italian Style

Maria Gennari

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Arabesque

Yasmin Azir

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Conflict

Judith Auerbach

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Operation Crossbow

Nora Van Ostamgen

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The Love Goddesses

Herself (archive footage)

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Lady L

Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L

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Marriage Italian Style

Filumena Marturano

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The Fall of the Roman Empire

Lucilla

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Adelina Sbaratti / Anna Molteni / Mara

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La Rabbia

Herself (archive footage)

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Five Miles to Midnight

Lisa Macklin

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Boccaccio’70

Zoe (segment "La riffa")

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The Condemned of Altona

Johanna von Gerlach

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El Cid

Jimena

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Madame

Catherine Hubscher, dite "Madame Sans-Gêne"

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Two Women

Cesira

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It Started in Naples

Lucia Curcio

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Heller in Pink Tights

Angela Rossini

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The Millionairess

Epifania Parerga

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A Breath of Scandal

Princess Olympia

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Esa Clase de Mujer

Kay

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Houseboat

Cinzia Zaccardi

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The Black Orchid

Rose Bianco

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Desire Under the Elms

Anna Cabot

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The Key

Stella

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Legend of the Lost

Dita

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Der Knabe auf dem Delphin

Phaedra

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The Pride and the Passion

Juana

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What a Woman!

Antonietta Fallari

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Scandal in Sorrento

Sofia Cocozza - 'a Smargiassa'

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The Sign of Venus

Agnese Tirabassi

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Par-dessus les moulins

Carmela

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L'Oro Di Napoli

Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")

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Miseria e nobiltà

Gemma

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Attila

Honoria

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The River Girl

Nives Mongolini

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Too Bad She's Bad

Lina Stroppiani

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A Day in Court

Anna

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The Anatomy of Love

La bella ragazza (segment "La macchina fotografica")

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Carosello napoletano

Sisina

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Ci troviamo in galleria

Marisa

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Aida

Aida

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La Domenica della Buona Gente

Ines

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Due notti con Cleopatra

Cleopatra / Nisca

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Anna

L'assistente di Vittorio al nightclub (uncredited)

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Le Sei Mogli di Barbablù

Ragazza rapita (as Sofia Lazzaro)

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Totò Tarzan

Una tarzanide

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