Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone (Rome, September 20, 1934), is an Italian actress. In 1962 she won an Academy Award for her leading role in the Italian-German war drama La Ciociara. In addition, she received over 45 other acting awards, including several Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
At the age of fourteen she participated in the beauty contest Miss Italia, which she did not win. She took acting lessons and was selected as an extra in the epic film Quo Vadis. After first taking the stage name Sofia Lazzaro, she changed it to Sophia Loren in 1952. In 1953 she played her first leading role in the movie Aida. She made her breakthrough role in the film L'oro di Napoli by Vittorio De Sica. She then played several films as the co-star of Marcello Mastroianni. In 1957 she made her Hollywood debut with the movie Boy on a dolphin. Legend of the Lost followed with John Wayne and The Pride and the Passion with the big stars Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
In the 1964s she was one of the most popular actresses in the world and continued to make films in America and Europe. Her career peaked in 1 when she received $ 1965 million for her role in The Fall of the Roman Empire. In XNUMX she was again nominated for an Oscar for the film Matrimonio all'italiana, again directed by De Sica.
Some of Lorens best known films during her heyday are El Cid with Charlton Heston, The Millionairess (1960) with Peter Sellers, It Started in Naples (1960) with Clark Gable, Ieri, oggi, domani (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni, Peter Ustinov's Lady L (1965) with Paul Newman, Arabesque with Gregory Peck, and Charlie Chaplin's last film A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) with Marlon Brando. Between 1964 and 1977, she won the Golden Globe Award for World Film Favorite four times. In The Millionairess, the character of Peter Sellers didn't need to know much about Loren, but in real life he fell madly in love with her and even divorced his wife. However, Loren has always denied that there was any kind of relationship between them, there was only a Platonic connection.