Icon and Diva Sophia Loren turns 89 today

One of the most sensual and glamorous actresses from Hollywood’s golden age

Icon and Diva Sophia Loren turns 89 today

Sophia Loren was born Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone on September 20th, 1934 in Rome, Italy, she celebrates her 89th birthday today. Sophia is an acclaimed actress and has been described as the most beautiful woman in the world. What is interesting about Sophia is the way in which her complex past and humble beginnings let her become the woman that she is today. Sophia who was not considered a beautiful baby was in fact a reserved child, who grew up in extreme poverty with her large family in her grandparent’s home. She even shared a bedroom with eight people. Despite her humble beginnings, Sophia began her film career in 1951. She went on to star in many films and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the film “Two Women” in 1961. She later received an Academy Honorary Award in 1991. She was involved in a love triangle with Cary Grant, but, married film producer Carlo Ponti. They were together for 50 years, until his death in 2007. According to Loren, the secret to their happy relationship was maintaining a low profile, despite their celebrity status. As she said, “Show business is what we do, not what we are.”

By Ken Warren, 2018

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