Sophia Loren: Her Own Story
Sophia Loren's portrayal of not only herself during adulthood but also her mother makes this television biopic quite unusual, since no other major star (with the exception of Audie Murphy) ever has played herself in a dramatization of her own life story. This film covers her life from childhood through international stardom, her marriage to Carlo Ponti following a romantic fling with Cary Grant, and the birth of her first child, and is tied together with actual clips from some of her movies. It also marks the final acting appearance of John Gavin (as Grant) before his appointment by Ronald Reagan as Ambassador to Mexico. Ironically, Theresa Saldana (as Loren's sister, Maria) later nearly lost her life in a mugging/slashing and, during the 1984-85 TV season, she was preparing to play herself in her own television biography.