SOPHIA LORENSofia Scicolone, stage name of Lazarus, had already released many roles from pop and intense activity in the world of soap operas when to Africa under the sea (John Roccardi, 1953), was forced to choose another pseudonym. The name was proposed to spruce up with a complicated ‘ph’, and the name was derived from that of the beautiful Swedish actress Marta Toren. Born in Rome on September 20, 1934, spent his childhood and youth in Pozzuoli, the birthplace of his mother, Romilda, who as a teenager won a competition organized by Metro Goldwyn Mayer as the best impersonator of Greta Garbo. She also participates soon to all kinds of beauty contests. In Naples, was elected ‘Princess of the Sea’, while in 1951 in Salsomaggiore wins the title of ‘Miss Elegance’. Not yet twenty signing a seven-year contract with Carlo Ponti, going aa scale success with its exuberant physical gifts and his verve as true Neapolitan (The Gold of Naples, Vittorio De Sica, 1954). At the same time show that you are at ease, even on the streets of Rome (Pity She’s a rogue, Alessandro Blasetti, 1954). Maybe because he finds himself close to Vittorio De Sica and Marcello Mastroianni, two men, two artists, who have an important role in his life, not just art. Considered the heir of Silvana Mangano and the direct rival of Gina Lollobrigida in the second half of the 50s to conquer Hollywood and the plaid coat Agnesina that crazy photographer Peppino De Filippo (The sign of Venus, Dino Risi , 1955) goes to the sumptuous costumes Pride and the Passion (Stanley Kramer, 1957), alongside British officer Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant, caught in the middle of the Napoleonic era. After their charms more mature and popular Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, John Wayne, William Holden and Anthony Quinn, his partner in Black Orchid (Martin Ritt, 1958), the film for which he won the award for best actress at the Show Venice. With Vittorio De Sica won the Oscar (Two Women, 1960) for her role as Cesira that was initially offered to Anna Magnani.Nonostante his young age (when running the film is twenty-five) is particularly convincing and earn the unconditional sympathy of an audience accustomed to follow the glossies his tormented love affair with Carlo Ponti, at the time married to another woman. Immediately after suffering love for Charlton Heston El Cid (Anthony Mann, 1961), and then hurts (not just for love) with Marcello Mastroianni stopped a striptease in honor of a foil (Yesterday, today, tomorrow, Vittorio De Sica, 1963). In 1966, he and Mrs. Bridges, after so many expectations disappointed, in December 1968, the marriage is finally gladdened by the birth of a first child, Charles Jr., shortly followed by Edward, born in 1973, with whom he will turn Something blond (Maurizio Ponzi, 1984). maturity in just the roles of the mother will be especially congenial, like the one that plays in the film by Roger Hanin, Soleil (1997). Although in the course of his career he starred opposite Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Richard Burton, Omar Sharif, even Marlon Brando as illegal aboard a luxury liner (A Countess from Hong Kong, Charlie Chaplin, 1967), only by Mastroianni seems willing to do anything. Cross Europe to Russia to embrace him as a husband believed killed in the war (The sunflowers, Vittorio De Sica, 1970), he asks for a little ‘love when a homosexual is persecuted by the fascist regime (A Special Day, Ettore Scola, 1977). For he goes on to challenge his sixty proposing that famous striptease that this time is not interrupted by a foil but the sudden sleep of quell’invecchiato playmate (Prêt-a-porter, Robert Altman, 1994). Also in 1994, he is given the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and in 1997 the Italian Head of State appoints the ‘Knight of the Republic’, after which just upset the lives of two very nice grumpy, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, in That’s amore – Grumpier Old Men (Howard Deutch, 1996).
Even Venice, in 1998, the awards with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. A recognition that can not directly receive, because of a sudden illness, and that is solemnly delivered into the hands of Carlo Ponti and his sons. On the threshold of the 70th anniversary Loren arrives in Laguna, this time in the role of patron of the closing night of the festival. In the winter we will see in the movie Wertmuller red peppers and fish in the face.