Gina Lollobrigida

Actor, Model, Photographer
One of several earthy Italian beauties to set the film world on fire during the 1950s and 1960s, Gina Lollobrigida was an actress and director whose skill at both drama and light comedy was often overshadowed by her ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1927 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (40)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Actor for a Day (Actor)

XXL 1997 (Movie)

Gaby Berrebi (Actor)

Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Deceptions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Stelle Emigranti 1982 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Ritratto di Fidel 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Man's River 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

King, Queen, Knave 1971 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Le Filippine 1971 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

That Splendid November 1971 (Movie)

Cettina (Actor)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

Carla Campbell (Actor)

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

Giulia (Actor)

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Hotel Paradiso 1965 (Movie)

Marcelle Cot (Actor)

Le Bambole 1965 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

Toni (Actor)

Woman of Straw 1964 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

Lisa Fellini (Actor)

Go Naked in the World 1961 (Movie)

Giuletta Cameron (Actor)

Where the Hot Winds Blows! 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fast and Sexy 1959 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Carla Versari (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/16/59) 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon and Sheba 1958 (Movie)

Sheba (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1957 (Movie)

Esmeralda (Actor)

Trapeze 1956 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Woman of Rome 1955 (Movie)

Adriana (Actor)

Bread, Love and Jealousy 1954 (Movie)

Frisky (Actor)

Crossed Swords 1954 (Movie)

Fransesca (Actor)

La Donna piu bella del mondo 1954 (Movie)

Lina Cavalieri (Actor)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

Maria Dannreuther (Actor)

Beauties of the Night 1953 (Movie)

Leila (Actor)

Bread, Love and Dreams 1953 (Movie)

Girl--Frisky (Actor)

Fanfan la Tulipe 1953 (Movie)

Adeline (Actor)

Le Grand Jeu 1953 (Movie)

Helena/Sylvia (Actor)

Achtung Banditi! 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (2)

Ritratto di Fidel 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Filippine 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

Ritratto di Fidel 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Filippine 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Ritratto di Fidel 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Filippine 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

One of several earthy Italian beauties to set the film world on fire during the 1950s and 1960s, Gina Lollobrigida was an actress and director whose skill at both drama and light comedy was often overshadowed by her voluptuous figure. Though she never enjoyed the acclaim of contemporaries like Sophia Loren or Anna Magnani, she worked steadily in Hollywood and international features for nearly three decades, appearing opposite Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in the circus-themed "Trapeze" (1956) and Victor Hugo's remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1956). In 1959, she made quite an impression as the sexually-charged queen in the biblical epic "Solomon and Sheba," and earned a Golden Globe for her starring role opposite Rock Hudson in the romantic comedy "Come September" (1961). Lollobrigida went on to enjoy further success with the Italian-made "Venere Imperiale" (1962), "Strange Bedfellows" (1965) and "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" (1968), only to see her career wind down in the early 1970s. Though she earned praise for a 1984 guest spot on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), Lollobrigida focused her attention on other artistic endeavors like photojournalism and sculpting, while also being active in promoting Italian-American heritage and even dabbling in politics with an unsuccessful run for Italian office. Despite a later career of unimpressive films, Lollobrigida remained one of Italy's premiere exports.

Relationships

Giuseppina Lollobrigida

Mother

Giovanni Lollobrigida

Father
factory destroyed during WWII

Javier Rigau y Rafols

Companion
met at a party in Monte Carlo dating since c. 1984 engaged to be married

Drago Skofic

Husband
married 1949, divorced in 1971 Yugoslavian refugee when they met took a series of "sexy" photos of her which were issued free to magazines became her manager

Andrea Skofic

Son
born 1957 married Italian journalist Maria Grazia 1990

EDUCATION

Rome Academy of Fine Arts

won a three-year scholarship

Milestones

1991

Led the New York Columbus Day Parade with grand marshall Joe DiMaggio as Italy's Ambassador of Good Will and spokesperson for the city of Genoa

1956

First Hollywood film, "Trapeze"

1951

Won international attention in Christian-Jaque's "Fanfan-la-Tulipe"

1949

Howard Hughes at RKO saw one of "sexy" photos taken by Lollobrigida's husband; invited her to Hollywood; signed her to seven-year contract but prevented her from filming in Hollywood for years (date approximate)

1946

Spotted by directed Mario Costa who put her into films as an extra in her debut, "Elisir d' Amore"

Sketched G.I.s and posed for Italian comic strips

Worked in Italy and France

Bonus Trivia

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"As an actress she is handicapped by a lack of intensity, lack of presence; the personality is somewhat lack-lustre. She switches from comedy to drama without varying her approach. Her sex-appeal is basically that of an advertisement--hoarding." --David Shipman ("The Great Movie Stars: The International Years," 1972)

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Lollobrigida sculpted the statue of Artemis, goddess of the hunt (which was executed by jeweler Gianmaria Buccellati), as the symbol for the Marseilles' International Festival of Women, celebrating female film directors, producers and actresses.

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"I like to be behind the camera because you can feel life differently when you are not being watched all the time. You can know the world, know the people. You can really grow inside with the experience."--Gina Lollobrigida discussing her photography in the Daily News , October 14, 1991.

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She was honored by a retrospective and an award for outstanding achievement by the Vienna Film Festival (1991)

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