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An Evening with Sophia Loren

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An Evening with Sophia Loren

Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 8pm

Of all the foreign sex symbols to explode on American screen in the 1950s, Sophia Loren is the most iconic and the most enduring, largely because she is as talented as she is beautiful.



She was born Sofia Scicolone in Naples.  A skinny child, she blossomed when she hit puberty and entered a beauty contest at 14.  That caught the attention of producer Carlo Ponti, who would sign her to a contract.  At Ponti’s suggestion, she changed her surname to Loren, which she used for the first time in Woman of the Red Sea (1953).  She began attracting attention in Europe with her starring work in Aida (1953).  And a year later, she had the good fortune to work with director Vittorio De Sica, who helped hone her comic talents in The Gold of Naples (1954).  He would direct her in eight more films.

She also made her first of 10 films with Marcello Mastroianni, Too Bad She’s Bad (1954).  By this point, she was attracting notice in the US, first starring in the location-shot Boy On a Dolphin (1957), which led to a 5 picture deal with Paramount where she starred in such films as Houseboat (1958) with offscreen friend and suitor Cary Grant, and Heller In Pink Tights (1960).

De Sica then gave her a dramatic showcase in Two Women (1960), which brought her a well-deserved Oscar as Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Loren then alternated between American Epics like El Cid (1961) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1954) and European pictures, reuniting with De Sica and Mastroianni for the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and Marriage Italian Style (1964), which brought her a second Oscar nomination.

Although she was increasingly involved in family life with Ponti and their two children, she continued acting. She worked with De Sica again on Sunflower (1970) and his last film, The Voyage (1974), and reteamed with Mastroianni for such films as A Special Day (1977) and Pret-A-Porter (1994), for which she recreated her striptease from Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Loren was as sexy in both as she had been in her first film, forty years earlier.  She had explained her secret in 1990: “I still like me, inside and out.  Not in a vain way – I just feel good in my skin.” More recently, she co-starred as Daniel Day-Lewis’ mother in Nine (2009) and acted for her son, director Edoardo Ponti, in Between Strangers (2002) and the short Human Voice (2014), and in 1991, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized her career achievements with an honorary Oscar.



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