Date of Birth: 09/20/1934
Place of birth: Rome
Author: Andrew Puminov
Sophia Loren was born on September 20, 1934 in Rome, under the name Sofia Shikolone. Her father was an actor mobile theater, and her mother failed actress. Sofia and her younger sister were born out of wedlock, and soon his father abandoned the family altogether. Having no means of subsistence, a mother with her two daughters moved to the fishing village of Pozzuoli near Naples. Here he spent his childhood and a future star.
The family lived in abject poverty, surviving on odd jobs mother. Girls are often hungry and slept on the same mattress, and about any toys there was no question. One day, gather up the money, the mother took Sofia to the theater. She so enjoyed the show, she vowed to become a famous actress.
Then it was almost an impossible dream. Who will take in a movie skinny clumsy girl that everyone in the neighborhood called `Zherdochka`? Gradually, however, the body of Sophia began to acquire feminine form. Soon it turned into a real beauty, precocious. The mother started sending her photo on the beauty contests, and one day a young Sofia invited to contest in Naples.
Beauty Sofia impressed the jury, and they awarded her second place. She received a tablecloth with napkins, a few rolls of wallpaper, $ 35 and a train ticket to Rome. In 1950, a beauty contest `Miss Sofia Italiya` sixteen she won the title of` Miss Elegantnost`. But that was not the point. There she met with the influential producer Carlo Ponti.
Carlo quickly saw a future star in Sofia and invited to audition. According to him, he had a flair for talent, and Sophia seemed emuvesma unusual girl. In samples producer Sophia said that she needed to shorten the nose and lose weight, to which she replied with a categorical refusal. The obstinate character of the young Neapolitan like Ponti, and he decided to help her.
First, Carlo saw Sofia only as a sex bomb. To earn money for the family, she had to play in the films of an erotic nature. Despite the fact that in the future to avoid scandal Ponti bought all early movies with Lauren, the actress never shy that starred in `klubnichke`.
However, Sofia ensure that it was shot in a serious film. She even called `Miss Priemnaya` for what she would sit all day in Ponti Bureau in anticipation of any role. And Lauren was lucky enough to meet with the director Vittorio De Sica. He offered her a role in his film `Neapolya` Gold (1954), which became for the young actress first great success.
Sophia`s film career began with a successful choice of nickname. Ponty believed surname Shikolone vulgar and not suitable for a movie. He thought a long time, until I came across a poster with actress Marta Toren. Replacing a single letter, the producer came up with the name of Lauren, and for greater sophistication changed his name in the French manner - Sophie.
After the painting `Gold Neapolya` critics started talking seriously about the birth of a new star. Carlo won for Sophie contract under which De Sica undertook to shoot with the actress in one film a year. Their fruitful collaboration that lasted 20 years, Loren fame throughout Italy. About her began to speak, as an Italian miracle, it started to copy, she began to imitate.
Critics praised the game actress in films `Boccaccio, 70` (1962),` Aloof Altony` (1962), `Yesterday, Today, zavtra` (1963),` Marriage is italyanski` (1964), `Podsolnuhi` (1969 ). The peak of Sophia Loren film career was the film `Chochara` (1960). The movie made such an impression on the members of the Academy Award, the first time that they have changed the tradition and awarded `Oscar` actress who is not an American film. In addition, Lauren received the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
In 1957, Sophia Loren was invited to Hollywood, where she signed a contract with such influential companies as `Paramount Pictures` and` MGM`. One of her first jobs was the picture of Hollywood `Pride and strast` (1957), in which she co-starred with Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. Also, Lauren was able to work with Anthony Perkins in the film `Love under vyazami` (1958), Clark Gable in the film `It started in Neapole` (1960) Marlon Brando in` Countess of Gonkonga` (1966), Paul Newman in `Lady Liberty `(1972).
The appearance of the screen with the most famous actors in Hollywood provided Sophie`s incredible popularity in the United States.
Life Sophia Loren, too, has changed overnight. At the first meeting with Carlo Ponti actress realized that this man of her dreams. He was an experienced, intelligent, with an iron will and strong character. It is not bothered that he was older than 22 years. The only barrier between them was marriage Carlo.
They say the heart of the successful producer Sophie won the amazing Italian pasta. Living in poverty forced her to master culinary craftsmanship. Ponti was delighted with the Neapolitan cuisine, its exotic beauty and uncompromising nature. He fell in love with Loren as a boy, but get a divorce for Catholics was not an easy task. And then, as luck would have it, he had a rival ...
In Hollywood, Sophie met the actor Cary Grant. He could not resist the unusual beauty of the Italian and started to take care of it. Every day, Grant sent the actress luxury bouquets. Before Ponti heard rumors about Carey`s novel and Sophie, and he hurried to the divorce. Finally, the Vatican approved a divorce, and in April 1966, Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren were married. They raised two sons, Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo.
Instead of a conclusion
Sophia Loren once said that everything that is, it must spaghetti. Wit this amazing women can only envy. In 1991, the actress received the honorary `Oscar`, and a few years later - an honorary Golden medved` `and` Golden lev` for his contribution to world cinema. These awards as it suggests that the best years behind Sophia Loren, and her career is coming to an end. However, despite this, the actress continues to act in films, though not as often as before. In 2010, she played in the film Romilda `My house is full of zerkal`, and a year later appeared in the film `Cars 2` (2011).
The real sensation was the participation of Sophia Loren in an erotic photo shoot for the famous calendar `Pirelli`. Semidesyatidvuhletnyaya actress surprised everyone with its delicious forms, proving that it is able to give odds to any young beauty. It still remains one of the most beautiful and desired women in Italy.