orig. Sofia Villani Scicolone
Sophia Loren in Boccaccio '70 (1962).
(born Sept. 20, 1934, Rome, Italy) Italian film actress. After a poverty-stricken childhood in war-torn Naples, she became a model and movie extra in Rome. Coached by the producer Carlo Ponti (later her husband), she acted in Italian movies from 1950, including The Gold of Naples
(1954). Her later films, in which she became noted for her statuesque beauty and earthy femininity, include The Black Orchid
(1959), El Cid
(1961), Two Women
(1961, Academy Award), Boccaccio '70
(1962), Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
(1964), Marriage Italian Style
(1964), and A Special Day
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