Wednesday, August 14, 2019

45 Beautiful Color Photos of Sophia Loren in the 1950s and 1960s

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy,
on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, 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 much sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best
when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the
finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti,
some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married in 1966 once he finally obtained a
divorce from his first wife. Perhaps he was the only father figure she ever had. Under his
guidance, Sophia was put under contract and appeared as an extra in ten films beginning in
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

By her late teens, Sophia was playing lead roles in many Italian features such as La
favorita (1952) and Aida (1953). In 1957, she embarked on a successful acting career in
the United States, starring in Boy on a Dolphin (1957), Legend of the Lost (1957), and The
Pride and the Passion (1957) that year. She had a short-lived but much-publicized fling
with co-star Cary Grant, who was 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 Houseboat (1958). While under contract to Paramount
Pictures, Sophia starred in Desire Under the Elms (1958), The Key (1958), The Black Orchid
(1958), It Started in Naples (1960), Heller in Pink Tights (1960), A Breath of Scandal
(1960), and The Millionairess (1960) before returning to Italy to star in Two Women
(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, evidencing 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 American films included El
Cid (1961), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Arabesque (1966), Man of La Mancha
(1972), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). She gained a wider respect with her Italian
films, especially Marriage Italian Style (1964) and A Special Day (1977). 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 Jr. (b. 1969) and
Eduardo (b. 1973). Her only acting credits during the decade were five television films,
beginning with Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (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 eye wear. 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." Later that year, she experienced a great loss
when her mother died of cancer. Her return to mainstream films in Ready to Wear (1994)
("Ready to Wear") 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 Grumpier Old Men (1995) in which
she played a sexy divorcée who seduces Walter Matthau. Over the next decade Sophia had
plum roles in a few non-mainstream arthouse films like Soleil (1997), Between Strangers
(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
loss of her spouse, Carlo Ponti, who died at age 94. 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 Los Angeles 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.
Text via IMDb


  1. Sophia Loren is stunningly beautiful in all those photos.

  2. We all just laugh at me. I hate this. Great tit, big ass, big nothing. Can not I be anything else? God, how long can you be sexy?MM.