Sophia Loren

Actress, Model
Italian actress and bonafide screen goddess Sophia Loren made over 100 films in her 50-year career, remaining one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. Much of her success could ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1934 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (86)

Femina 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Human Voice 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine 2009 (Movie)

Mamma (Actor)

Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lives of the Saints 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Between Strangers 2002 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Francesca and Nunziata 2000 (Movie)

Francesca Montorsi (Actor)

Soleil 1999 (Movie)

Mama Titine (Actor)

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

Maria Ragetti (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Isabella de la Fontaine--Widow of Olivier (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1989 (Movie)

Rosa Priore (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich and Famous 1988 World's Best 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Away 1988 (Movie)

Cesira (Actor)

Courage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Aurora 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Angela 1983 (Movie)

Angela Kincaid (Actor)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

Adele Tasca (Actor)

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

Mara (Actor)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain (Actor)

Una Giornata Particolare 1976 (Movie)

Antonietta (Actor)

Brief Encounter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Il Viaggio 1973 (Movie)

Adriana (Actor)

La Pupa del gangster 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Testament 1973 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Man of La Mancha 1972 (Movie)

Dulcinea (Actor)

La Mortadella 1971 (Movie)

Maddalena (Actor)

Bianco, Rosso e... 1970 (Movie)

Sister Germana (Actor)

La Moglie del Prete 1970 (Movie)

Valeria (Actor)

The Sunflower 1970 (Movie)

Giovanna (Actor)

A Countess From Hong Kong 1967 (Movie)

Natascha (Actor)

Arabesque 1966 (Movie)

Yasmin Azir (Actor)

Cinderella - Italian Style 1966 (Movie)

Isabella (Actor)

Lady L 1966 (Movie)

Lady L (Actor)

Judith 1965 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Marriage - Italian Style 1964 (Movie)

Filomena Marturano (Actor)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

Lucilla (Actor)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Five Miles to Midnight 1962 (Movie)

Lisa Macklin (Actor)

Ieri, Oggi, Domani 1962 (Movie)

Adelina/Anna/Mara (Actor)

Madame Sans-Gene 1962 (Movie)

Madame Sans-Gene (Actor)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

Johanna (Actor)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

Chimene (Actor)

Showman 1961 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Millionairess 1961 (Movie)

Epifania Parerga (Actor)

Two Women 1961 (Movie)

Cesira (Actor)

A Breath of Scandal 1960 (Movie)

Princess Olympia (Actor)

Heller in Pink Tights 1960 (Movie)

Angela Rossini (Actor)

It Started in Naples 1960 (Movie)

Lucia Curcio (Actor)

Neapolitan Carousel 1960 (Movie)

Sisina (Actor)

That Kind of Woman 1959 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Desire Under the Elms 1958 (Movie)

Anna Cabot (Actor)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

Cinzia Zaccardi (Actor)

The Black Orchid 1958 (Movie)

Rose Bianco (Actor)

The Key 1958 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Attila 1957 (Movie)

Honoria (Actor)

Boy on a Dolphin 1957 (Movie)

Phaedra (Actor)

La Donna del Fiume 1957 (Movie)

Nives (Actor)

Legend of the Lost 1957 (Movie)

Dita (Actor)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

Juana (Actor)

Bread, Love and... 1956 (Movie)

Donna Sofia (Actor)

The Gold of Naples 1956 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

The Miller's Wife 1956 (Movie)

Carmela (Actor)

The Sign of Venus 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Too Bad She's Bad 1955 (Movie)

Lina (Actor)

Aida 1954 (Movie)

Aida (Actor)

Quo Vadis 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sophia Loren in Rome (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Lobster 2015 (Movie)

("Ti Ein Afto Pou To Lene Agapi") (Song Performer)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

("Bing! Bang! Bong!") (Song Performer)

Biography

Italian actress and bonafide screen goddess Sophia Loren made over 100 films in her 50-year career, remaining one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. Much of her success could be found in the films of Italian director Vittorio De Sica, who called her "the essential Italian woman" and who captured her earthy, authentic sensibilities in romantic comedies and gut-wrenching dramas alike. While a cultural institution in her native country, Loren's homeland appeal never fully translated to U.S. audiences, though she earned plenty of fans based on her traffic-stopping physical assets. Hollywood's attempts to insert her into generic "European sex bomb" roles failed to showcase the actress' depth, even if it sometimes captured her acute wit. Throughout her career, Loren worked with some of film's most renowned directors and leading men, but the bulk of her artistic achievements remained in Italian cinema and opposite her frequent lead, Marcello Mastroianni. In addition to her many European accolades, Hollywood recognized her with Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actress win for "Ciociara, La" ("Two Women") (1960) and years later, an honorary Oscar for her many contributions to both American and Italian cinema.

Relationships

Riccardo Scicolone

Father
Refused to marry Loren's mother, leaving her without support

Alessandra Mussolini

Niece
Born c. 1962 appeared on Italian TV and later became a physician in training won a seat in the Italian Parliament running on the neo-Fascist ticket (1992)

Carlo Ponti

Husband
Met in 1950 during a beauty contest in which he was a judge married in Mexico in 1957, but marriage annulled in 1962 due to charges by Italian government that Ponti's divorce from previous wife was not valid legally were married in France in 1966

Carlo Ponti

Son
Born in 1969 father, Carlo Ponti graduated from Pepperdine University (majored in music) in 1991 went on to do graduate work at USC in conducting

Eduardo Ponti

Son
Born c. 1973 father, Carlo Ponti studied at USC majoring in film made first film "Liv" (1998)

Anna Scicolone

Sister
Formerly married to Romano Mussolini, third son of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy in the 1930s and during WWII

Romilda Villani

Mother
Raised Loren and her sister with the help of her mother died May 9, 1991 in Rome at age 81

Milestones

2011

Lent her voice to the Disney/Pixar film "Cars 2"

2009

Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mother in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play, "Nine"

2002

Returned to the Venice Film Festival after years away to support her 29-year-old son, director Edoardo Ponti, whose film "Between Strangers" Loren starred in

1994

Appeared in first American film since 1978, "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"; directed by Robert Altman and re-teamed with Marcello Mastroianni; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress

1994

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1984

Acted opposite her son Eduardo (then age 11, in his acting debut) in the TV-movie, "Aurora"

1980

Played both herself and her mother in an NBC TV-movie biopic, "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story"

1978

Last American-made film for over 15 years, "Brass Target"

1974

American TV acting debut, "Brief Encounter" (NBC); co-starred opposite Richard Burton

1974

Acted in last film directed by Vittorio DeSica, "Il viaggio/The Voyage"

1966

Served as president of Cannes Film Festival Jury

1962

TV debut in America as hostess of own special, "The World of Sophia Loren"

1957

Moved to Hollywood under contract to Paramount; first feature in Hollywood, "The Pride and the Passion"

1955

First film in which she and Marcello Mastroianni played leading roles opposite each other, "Too Bad She's Bad"

1954

First of eight collaborations with director Vittorio DeSica, "Gold of Naples,"; appeared in the segment, "Pizza on Credit"

1953

Signed contract with Carlo Ponti

1952

Changed name to Sophia Loren, which had been thought up by a producer

1950

First film collaboration with Marcello Mastroianni, "Cuori sul mare"

1950

Feature acting debut, "Variety Lights"; played a bit part in the film directed by Federico Fellini

At age 14, entered a beauty contest in Naples and met Carlo Ponti who was a judge

Bonus Trivia

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"He was my school, my teacher, my mentor, my everything. I really owe it all to him. Later you begin to apprehend how you can pick up from other people here and there." - Sophia Loren discussing Vittorio DeSica's influence on her acting career in the New York Post, Oct. 3, 1991

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