Sophia Loren

Birthday: Sep 20, 1934
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy
The voluptuous Sophia Loren was among the most successful international stars of the postwar era; not only did she rise to fame as a sex symbol, but she also won a measure of critical acclaim rarely afforded most of her foreign-born contemporaries. Born Sofia Scicolone in Rome on September 20, 1934, she and her single mother lived in abject poverty in the war-torn slums of Naples. At the age of 14, she began entering area beauty contests, later becoming a model and appearing in a number of uncredited bit parts in films. After winning a beauty contest in Rome, Loren was signed to a film contract by producer Carlo Ponti, who began grooming her for stardom by recruiting drama coaches and casting her in small movie roles, including an appearance in the 1951 smash Anna, under the name "Sofia Lazzaro." For 1952's La Favorita, her first larger role, Ponti changed her name to Sophia Loren, and with the following year's La Tratta Delle Bianche, she earned third billing after Silvana Pampanini and Eleanora Rossi-Drago.By the mid-'50s, Loren was a star in Italy as well as a major sex symbol, but with the exception of 1955's Attila Flagello di Dio, co-starring Anthony Quinn, few of her pictures were distributed internationally. That changed with Vittorio de Sica's L'Oro di Napoli, which was recut and dubbed for foreign sale, resulting in poor reviews. Loren, however, was singled out for the strength of her performance as a Neapolitan shopkeeper, surprising many critics who had dismissed her as merely another bombshell. As a result, 1955's La Donna del Fiume was distributed in both the U.S. and Britain, as were a number of other subsequent projects. Eventually, Loren emerged as an international star, and Ponti soon declared her ready for Hollywood. She moved tentatively into the English-language market with a pair of films shot in Europe, 1957's Boy on a Dolphin (in which she appeared opposite Alan Ladd) and The Pride and the Passion (starring Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant).In 1957, Loren and Ponti were wed in Mexico. Their marriage was a national scandal in the predominantly Catholic Italy because Ponti had already been married once before. A series of legal complications ensued -- one prominent Italian Catholic magazine even instructed readers to boycott Loren's movies. In the meantime, Ponti orchestrated with Paramount a four-film contract for Loren's services, beginning with 1958's Desire Under the Elms. In Hollywood, her acting skills blossomed, and she won Best Actress honors at the 1959 Venice Film Festival for her work in Martin Ritt's drama The Black Orchid. However, she proved unable to draw audiences, a situation which her next film, George Cukor's idiosyncratic Western Heller in Pink Tights, failed to remedy. The 1960 romantic comedy It Started in Naples (with Clark Gable) was Loren's commercial breakthrough, but Paramount had lost faith in her star power and cut her loose. She next traveled to Britain to film Anthony Asquith's The Millionairess. Upon returning to Italy, Loren reunited with de Sica in 1961's La Ciociara, a wartime drama in which she starred as a widowed mother caught in a love triangle with her teen daughter (Eleanora Brown) and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Climaxed by a brutal rape scene, the film won widespread acclaim, and Loren's gut-wrenching performance earned her an Academy Award, the first foreign-language performer to win the Best Actress prize. She was also so honored at the Cannes Film Festival. She next shot 1961's El Cid in Spain with Charlton Heston, followed by the de Sica episode of the anthology Boccaccio '70. On the strength of her Oscar win, she also returned to English-language fare with 1963's Five Miles to Midnight, followed a year later by The Fall of the Roman Empire. Again her success was minimal, and she went back to the relative comforts of the Italian film industry for Ieri, Oggi, Domani and Matrimonio all'Italiana, both directed by de Sica and both co-starring Marcello Mastroianni. In 1965, P

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
57% Behind the White Glasses Actor $2.7K 2016
No Score Yet Nobody's Died Laughing Actor 2016
No Score Yet Pane, amore e..... (Scandal in Sorrento) Actor 2015
No Score Yet La mortadella (Lady Liberty) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Il segno di Venere (The Sign of Venus) Actor 2013
No Score Yet La fortuna di essere donna (Lucky to Be a Woman) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Aida Aida 2011
No Score Yet Qualcosa di biondo (Encounter) Actor 2011
No Score Yet La mia casa è piena di specchi (My House Is Full of Mirrors) Actor 2011
40% Nine Mamma $19.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Cleopatra Actor 2009
No Score Yet Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Lives of the Saints Actor 2006
No Score Yet Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia (Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers) Actor 2004
42% Lives of the Saints Teresa Innocente 2004
No Score Yet Looking for Sophia Actor 2004
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years Actor 2003
25% Between Strangers Olivia 2002
No Score Yet Francesca e Nunziata (Francesca and Nunziata) Francesca 2001
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial Actor 1999
No Score Yet Soleil Mamma Titine 1997
17% Grumpier Old Men Maria Ragetti 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Isabella de la Fontaine 1994
No Score Yet Sabato, domenica e lunedì (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) Rosa 1990
No Score Yet Michael Jackson - The Legend Continues Actor 1989
No Score Yet Running Away Actor 1989
No Score Yet Bellissimo - A History of the Italian Cinema Actor 1987
No Score Yet Courage Marianna Miraldo 1986
No Score Yet Aurora Aurora 1984
No Score Yet Blood Feud Titina Paterno 1980
No Score Yet Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Sophia Loren 1980
No Score Yet Firepower Adele Tasca 1979
No Score Yet Brass Target Mara 1978
No Score Yet Angela Angela Kincaid 1978
100% Una Giornata Particolare (A Special Day) Antonietta 1977
29% The Cassandra Crossing Jennifer 1977
No Score Yet Brief Encounter Laura Jesson 1974
No Score Yet The Voyage Adriana de Mauro 1974
46% Man of La Mancha Dulcinea/Aldonza 1973
No Score Yet The Priest's Wife Valeria 1971
No Score Yet Sunflower (I girasoli) Giovanna 1970
No Score Yet C'era una volta... (Cinderella: Italian Style) (More Than a Miracle) Isabella Candeloro 1967
60% A Countess from Hong Kong Natascha 1967
64% Arabesque Yasmin Azir 1966
20% Judith Judith 1966
29% Lady L Lady Louise Lendale/Lady L 1965
67% Operation Crossbow Nora 1965
No Score Yet Marriage Italian Style Filumena Marturano 1964
100% The Fall of the Roman Empire Lucilla 1964
86% Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani) Adelina Sbaratti 1963
No Score Yet Showman Actor 1963
17% Le Couteau dans la plaie (Five Miles to Midnight) Lisa Macklin 1962
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona Johanna von Gerlach 1962
75% Boccaccio '70 Zoe 1962
92% El Cid Chimene 1961
No Score Yet Carosello Napoletano Sisina 1961
88% Two Women (La Ciociara) Cesira 1961
No Score Yet A Breath of Scandal Princess Olympia 1960
No Score Yet The Millionairess Epifania Parerga 1960
0% It Started in Naples Lucia Curcio 1960
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Angela Rossini 1960
No Score Yet That Kind of Woman Kay 1959
64% Houseboat Cinzia Zaccardi 1958
No Score Yet The Key Stella 1958
20% The Black Orchid Rose Bianco 1958
No Score Yet Desire Under the Elms Anna Cabot 1958
No Score Yet Legend of the Lost Dita 1957
No Score Yet Boy on a Dolphin Phaedra 1957
25% The Pride and the Passion Juana 1957
No Score Yet What a Woman Actor 1956
No Score Yet Too Bad She's Bad Lina Stroppiani 1955
No Score Yet The Gold of Naples (L'oro di Napoli) (Every Day's a Holiday) Sofia 1955
No Score Yet Woman of the River Nives Mongolini 1955
No Score Yet The Miller's Beautiful Wife (La bella mugnaia) Carmela 1955
No Score Yet Miseria e nobiltà (Poverty and Nobility) Actor 1954
No Score Yet Due notti con Cleopatra (Two Nights with Cleopatra) Cleopatra/Nisca 1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
No Score Yet Aida Actor 1953
No Score Yet La Favorita Actor 1952
88% Quo Vadis? Extra 1951
No Score Yet Anna Actor 1951

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • 2011

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