Sophia Loren is an icon in every sense of the word. She is the personification of sexy glamour and timeless beauty. Even now, in her 80s, she still exudes charm and sophistication only Hollywood actresses from her time possess. Her life has spanned decades, allowing her to witness and experience this fast-changing world. Despite that, she remains true to herself and the persona that made the world fall in love with her.
Nicknamed as the “Italian Marilyn Monroe,” Sophia was born as Sofia Scicolone in Rome during the 40s. Her parents were Ricardo Scicolone and Romilda Villani. When she was 14, her life changed when she joined a beauty contest and made it as one of the finalists. This pivotal moment in her life leads her to cross paths with Carlo Ponti, a film producer 22 years her senior. He paved the way for Sophia’s acting career, and also became her husband.
Sophia’s longevity in the film industry is a result of her passion, respect, and commitment to her craft. Starting as an extra in movies, she eventually transformed herself into a superstar – thanks to lots of hard work and maybe a little bit of dumb luck.
In her lifetime, Sophia has starred in over 50 films, including the iconic “Due Notti Con Cleopatra” (1954). Her role as one of the most controversial and seductive women on Earth bolstered her image as an insanely hot and talented actress. Apart from her character Cleopatra, she has played several seductive roles. She’s never allowed age or other limiting circumstances to hinder her from showcasing her acting abilities, her incomparable beauty, and her fabulous body.
Throughout the years, Sophia has had a collection of steamy moments on and offscreen. In one of the scenes from her movie “Marriage Italian Style” (1964), she comes out wearing a harem veil and lace bikini – a slave-girl outfit that does wonders in emphasizing her perfect body. In a time where showing one’s boobs and ass was not yet heavily censored, Sophia must have gifted the world with so much sexiness.
In another movie, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (1963), she gives a particularly steamy performance, stripping down to her underwear in one of the scenes. Here, she shows off a voluptuous figure and stunning face that sets the screen on fire, even in black and white. In her early works as an actress, producers credited Sophia using the name “Sophia Lazzaro,” as many people joked about how her beauty was enough to bring Lazarus back to life.
Beyond her ravishing outer beauty, Sophia is also one of the most outstanding women in the film industry. Through the years, she’s received awards such as a “Lifetime Achievement Oscar” (1991), a “Golden Lion” (1998) from the Venice Film Festival, and the “Praeumium Imperiale For Theater and Film” (2010) awarded by the Japan Art Association.