The eternally glamorous Sophia Loren has endured as one of the great international movie stars of her generation.
After her start in a series of 1950s Italian films, she burst onto American screens playing opposite such leading men as Cary Grant, John Wayne and Anthony Quinn. Loren returned to Italy to star in the powerful 1961 mother-daughter drama “Two Women,” earning her the first major Academy Award (lead actress) ever given to a non-English language performance.
The earthy, voluptuous sex symbol acted regularly throughout the 1960s and ’70s against such top male stars as Paul Newman (“Lady L”), Gregory Peck (“Arabesque”), Marlon Brando (“A Countess From Hong Kong”) and Richard Burton (“The Voyage”) while also continuing collaborations with actor Marcello Mastroianni and director Vittorio DeSica.
Over the years, Loren has appeared in fewer movies, most notably Robert Altman’s "Ready to Wear," “Grumpier Old Men” and the recent feature adaptation of the musical “Nine.”
The actress enjoyed a lengthy marriage to Italian film producer Carlo Ponti, from 1966 until his death in 2007. Though they originally married in 1957, it was annulled in 1962 as Ponti was still legally married, according to Italian law, to another woman. The couple had two sons, Carlo Jr. and Edoardo.
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