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Sophia Loren's Personal Details

Sophia Loren is an Italian film star known for her charm, elegance and beauty

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 20, 1934
NationalityItalian
FamousFilm Star, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
SpousesCarlo Ponti
SiblingsAnna Maria Villani Scicolone, Giuliano Scicolone, Giuseppe Scicolone
Known asSofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, Sofia Lazzaro, Sofia Scicolone
Childrens Carlo Ponti, Edoardo Ponti
Birth PlaceRome
ReligionCatholicism
Height174cm
GenderFemale
FatherRiccardo Scicolone
MotherRomilda Villani
Net Worth$75 million as of Jan 15,2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inRome
Famous asFilm star

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Who is Sophia Loren?

Sofia Villani Scicolone, popularly by her screen name Sophia Loren, is an Italian film star. Counted amongst the most beautiful and talented actresses to have ruled the cinema world, she was a major star from the 1950s to the 1970s. Born to an unwed mother, she had a difficult childhood. Being an illegitimate child meant no father figure and extreme poverty in the first 15 years of her life. Aptly nicknamed 'little stick', she was shy, ugly and lean as a child, and little did she know that one day she would become a sex symbol in the entire US and Europe. Her fortune changed when at the age of 15 she was spotted by a producer, her future husband, in a beauty pageant. From there on she went from being an unknown face to a Hollywood star and in no time garnered a huge following of admirers. Several prestigious awards certify that she was not just a pretty face but a complete and true actress. Unlike several of her contemporaries whose personal lives were marked by controversies, Sophia Loren had a stable marriage with Carlo Ponti, a man 22 years older to her, and did not remarry after his death

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Childhood & Early Life

Sophia was born on September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was the first illegitimate child of Riccardo Scicolone and Romilda Villani, the second being her sister Maria.

Romilda was a struggling actress and received no support from Riccardo, and thus the family lived in extreme poverty. They lived with her grandmother in Pozzuoli.

When Sophia was hit by shrapnel during the World War II, the family shifted to Naples only to return after the war.

In order to pay their bills, they opened a pub where her mother would play the piano, Maria sang and Sophia waited on tables.

As a teenager she entered the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant and was one of the finalists. After this she enrolled in acting classes and moved to Rome with her mother.

Career

Sophia's first role was in the film 'Quo Vadis' (1951) as an extra. After this, she started modelling for magazines and became quite known in Italy.

For her first starring role in 'Aida' (1953) she received critical acclaim. But her breakthrough movie was 'The Gold in Naples'(1954), directed by Vittorio De Sica.

From 1954 to 1957 she did many movies including 'Too Bad She's Bad' (1954), 'Scandal in Sorrento' (1955), 'Lucky to Be a Woman' (1956), 'Boy on a Dolphin' (1957), 'Legend of the Lost' (1957) and 'The Pride and the Passion'(1957).

The confirmation of her being an international star came when Paramount Pictures signed a five-picture deal with her in 1958. Some of the movies in the deal were 'Desire Under the Elms' (1958), 'Houseboat' (1958) and 'Heller in Pink Tights'(1960).

She acted in Vittorio De Sica's movie 'Two Women' which was released in 1961. The story was about a mother who tries to protect her daughter in war-ravaged Italy. She was to be cast as the daughter, but instead chose the role of the mother. She received a lot of awards for the movie.

She appeared with a lot of prominent actors in many movies in the US and Europe in the 1960s. She was at the peak of her career when she received a million dollars for the 1964 movie 'The Fall of the Roman Empire'.

Some movies that she did in the second half of 1960s are 'Lady L' (1965) with Paul Newman, 'Arabesque'(1966) with Gregory Peck and 'A Countess from Hong Kong' (1967) with Marlon Brando.

She focused on her family in the 1970s and after becoming a mother, she acted less and that too mostly in Italian films. In the year 1974, she acted in 'The Voyage' and 'Brief Encounter'.

The movie 'The Cassandra Crossing' came out in 1976 starring her alongside Richard Harris and Martin Sheen. It was an international hit.

The movie 'A Special Day' was released in 1977. It was directed by Ettore Scola and starred Marcello Mastroianni opposite her. The movie was a box-office hit and was nominated for 11 international awards.

In 1980, A. Hotchner wrote an internationally successful biography on her titled 'Sophia Loren: Her Own Story'. Soon the book's made-for-TV biopic came out, where Sophia portrayed herself and her mother.

In 1981, she launched her own perfume and became the first celebrity to do so. Soon, a brand of eyewear followed.

She starred in Howard Deutch's 'Grumpier Old Men' which was released in 1995 and co-starred Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Ann-Margret. It was a box-office success and personally one of her biggest hits in years.

In 2009, Rob Marshall directed the film version of the Broadway musical 'Nine' with a star-cast that included Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cottillard and Nicole Kidman. The cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Major Work

She gave her finest performance in the film 'Two Women' which is a story about a mother trying her best to protect her daughter in war-torn Italy. The film had a lot of similarities with her own life and her heartrending portrayal of a helpless mother earned her a lot of critical acclaim and respect in the film fraternity.

Awards & Achievements

For the movie 'Two Women', Sophia Loren won a total of 22 international awards including Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award and Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 1991, she received the Academy Honorary Award for her contribution to world cinema and

In 1995 she was honoured with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.

For her contribution to cinema, she was awarded an Honorable Prize at the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, and in 2001 a Special Grand Prix of the Americas Award at the Montrel World Film Festival.

Personal Life & Legacy

Sophia met Carlo Ponti, Sr when she was 15 years old, and he 37. They married on April 9, 1966 and had two sons, Carlo Jr. and Edoardo.

In 1999, she filed lawsuits against 76 adult websites for uploading altered nude photos of her.

She along with Penelope Cruz and Hillary Swank posed scantily dressed for the 2007 Pirelli Calender.

Net Worth

Sophia Loren's estimated net worth is $75 million.

Trivia

According to this beautiful actress, “Sex-appeal is 50 percent what you've got and 50 percent what people think you've got."

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Sophia Loren awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1962Best Actress in a Leading RoleLa ciociara (1960)

Golden Globe Awards

1977World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1969World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1965World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1964World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner

BAFTA Awards

1962Best Foreign ActressLa ciociara (1960)

Grammy Awards

2004Best Spoken Word Album for ChildrenWinner

Sophia Loren biography timelines

  • // 20th Sep 1934
    Sophia was born on September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was the first illegitimate child of Riccardo Scicolone and Romilda Villani, the second being her sister Maria.
  • // 1950
    As a teenager she entered the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant and was one of the finalists. After this she enrolled in acting classes and moved to Rome with her mother.
  • // 1951
    Sophia's first role was in the film 'Quo Vadis' (1951) as an extra. After this, she started modelling for magazines and became quite known in Italy.
  • // 1953 To 1954
    For her first starring role in 'Aida' (1953) she received critical acclaim. But her breakthrough movie was 'The Gold in Naples'(1954), directed by Vittorio De Sica.
  • // 1954 To 1957
    From 1954 to 1957 she did many movies including 'Too Bad She's Bad' (1954), 'Scandal in Sorrento' (1955), 'Lucky to Be a Woman' (1956), 'Boy on a Dolphin' (1957), 'Legend of the Lost' (1957) and 'The Pride and the Passion'(1957).
  • // 1958 To 1960
    The confirmation of her being an international star came when Paramount Pictures signed a five-picture deal with her in 1958. Some of the movies in the deal were 'Desire Under the Elms' (1958), 'Houseboat' (1958) and 'Heller in Pink Tights'(1960).
  • // 1961
    She acted in Vittorio De Sica's movie 'Two Women' which was released in 1961. The story was about a mother who tries to protect her daughter in war-ravaged Italy. She was to be cast as the daughter, but instead chose the role of the mother. She received a lot of awards for the movie.
  • // 1964
    She appeared with a lot of prominent actors in many movies in the US and Europe in the 1960s. She was at the peak of her career when she received a million dollars for the 1964 movie 'The Fall of the Roman Empire'.
  • // 1965 To 1967
    Some movies that she did in the second half of 1960s are 'Lady L' (1965) with Paul Newman, 'Arabesque'(1966) with Gregory Peck and 'A Countess from Hong Kong' (1967) with Marlon Brando.
  • // 9th Apr 1966
    Sophia met Carlo Ponti, Sr when she was 15 years old, and he 37. They married on April 9, 1966 and had two sons, Carlo Jr. and Edoardo.
  • // 1974
    She focused on her family in the 1970s and after becoming a mother, she acted less and that too mostly in Italian films. In the year 1974, she acted in 'The Voyage' and 'Brief Encounter'.
  • // 1976
    The movie 'The Cassandra Crossing' came out in 1976 starring her alongside Richard Harris and Martin Sheen. It was an international hit.
  • // 1977
    The movie 'A Special Day' was released in 1977. It was directed by Ettore Scola and starred Marcello Mastroianni opposite her. The movie was a box-office hit and was nominated for 11 international awards.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, A. Hotchner wrote an internationally successful biography on her titled 'Sophia Loren: Her Own Story'. Soon the book's made-for-TV biopic came out, where Sophia portrayed herself and her mother.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, she launched her own perfume and became the first celebrity to do so. Soon, a brand of eyewear followed.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, she received the Academy Honorary Award for her contribution to world cinema and
  • // 1995
    She starred in Howard Deutch's 'Grumpier Old Men' which was released in 1995 and co-starred Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Ann-Margret. It was a box-office success and personally one of her biggest hits in years.
  • // 1995
    In 1995 she was honoured with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
  • // 1997 To 2001
    For her contribution to cinema, she was awarded an Honorable Prize at the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, and in 2001 a Special Grand Prix of the Americas Award at the Montrel World Film Festival.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, she filed lawsuits against 76 adult websites for uploading altered nude photos of her.
  • // 2007
    She along with Penelope Cruz and Hillary Swank posed scantily dressed for the 2007 Pirelli Calender.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, Rob Marshall directed the film version of the Broadway musical 'Nine' with a star-cast that included Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cottillard and Nicole Kidman. The cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Sophia Loren's FAQ

  • What is Sophia Loren birthday?

    Sophia Loren was born at 1934-09-20

  • Where is Sophia Loren's birth place?

    Sophia Loren was born in Rome

  • What is Sophia Loren nationalities?

    Sophia Loren's nationalities is Italian

  • Who is Sophia Loren spouses?

    Sophia Loren's spouses is Carlo Ponti

  • Who is Sophia Loren siblings?

    Sophia Loren's siblings is Anna Maria Villani Scicolone, Giuliano Scicolone, Giuseppe Scicolone

  • Who is Sophia Loren childrens?

    Sophia Loren's childrens is Carlo Ponti, Edoardo Ponti

  • What is Sophia Loren's religion?

    Sophia Loren's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Sophia Loren?

    Sophia Loren's height is 174

  • Who is Sophia Loren's father?

    Sophia Loren's father is Riccardo Scicolone

  • Who is Sophia Loren's mother?

    Sophia Loren's mother is Romilda Villani

  • What is Sophia Loren's sun sign?

    Sophia Loren is Virgo

  • How famous is Sophia Loren?

    Sophia Loren is famouse as Film star