Sophia Loren / actress, Italy
Sophia Loren born as Sofia Villani Scicolone on 20.09.1934 in Rome. She begins her career as a model and participates in Miss contests. During the Miss Rome contest in 1950, she met her future husband and producer Carlo Ponti.
In the beginning of her film career she plays little supporting roles, as in “Quo vadis! (1951)”.
In Italy, she quickly made her breakthrough with films like “The Gold of Naples (1954)”, “Too bad She’s Bad (1954)” or “Attila (1954)”.
On the advice of Carlo Ponti, she goes to Hollywood in 1957 shooting “The Pride and The Passion”. The final international breakthrough succeeds her on the side of Cary Grant in “Houseboat (1958)”. For the role of Cesira in “Two Women”, directed by Vittorio De Sica she receives the Oscar for Best Actress in 1962. With Marcello Mastroianni she forms the dream couple of the Italian film. To this day, she is regarded as a beauty ideal. In the 1970s and 1980s, she mainly works for television. With Mastroianni, she manages a successful worldwide comeback in 1994 with the film comedy “Prêt-à-Porter” by Robert Altmann.
Today she lives near Lake Geneva and in Rome.