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Forever Sophia

The last Diva: the Queen of Italian Cinema turns 80

by Luca Manzoni
September 26th, 2014

The greatest actress of Italian cinema turns eighty. Sophia Loren is for sure the last Diva of our times, her beauty went through years remaining always the same, and she kept the Italian flag flying all over the world more than anyone else. Two Academy Awards won, for “Two Women” by Vittorio De Sica in 1962 and the Academy Honorary Award in 1991, and a filmography that made the history of Italian and international history of cinematography.

Born on September 20th 1934 in Pozzuoli, city of which she is still very attached, her career started in Rome when she was 15, after becoming Miss Eleganza in 1950 in Miss Italia beauty pageant. Since then her star started to shine. She met the film producer Carlo Ponti, then husband and father of her sons, Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica and Dino Risi who brought her towards a professional success unique in Italy. Among the few Italian actresses universally recognized abroad, in her long career Sophia Loren won also a Golden Globe Award, a Golden Lion, the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, six David di Donatello, two Nastro d’Argento awards and the Coppa Volpi.

Loved and courted by fashion, portrayed by the greatest photographers of XX century, in 2007 she was able to amaze again by participating to Calendario Pirelli, proving once again beauty has no age.

Happy birthday Sophia!

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