Sophia Loren

Loren, Sophia (sōfēˈə lôrĕnˈ) [key], 1934–, Italian film actress, b. as Sophia Scicoloni. She grew up in the slums of Naples. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti (later her husband) she gained international fame as a beautiful and accomplished film actress in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in Two Women (1961), and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work. Her movies include The Gold of Naples (1954), The Pride and the Passion (1957), Houseboat (1958), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), Marriage Italian Style (1964), and A Special Day (1977). In the autobiographical television movie Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980), she played herself and her mother.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Sophia Loren from Fact Monster:

  • Sophia Loren - Sophia Loren actress Born: 9/20/1934 Birthplace: Rome, Italy Academy Award-winning film actress ...
  • Sophia Loren - Biography of Sophia Loren, Italian film queen and sex symbol
  • Marcello Mastroianni - Marcello Mastroianni actor Born: 9/28/1924 Birthplace: Fontana Liri, Italy The quintessential ...
  • Carlo Ponti - Carlo Ponti producer Born: 12/11/1912 Birthplace: Magenta, Italy A producer of numerous Italian and ...
  • Marcello Mastroianni - Mastroianni, Marcello Mastroianni, Marcello , 1924–96, Italian movie actor, b. Fontana Liri, ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Film and Television: Biographies