Sophia Loren – A Legend of the Lost

Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.

Sophia Loren 2 Sophia Villiani Scicolone was born September 20th, 1934, in Rome and grew up in the small town of Pozzuoli near Naples, to unwed parents, just prior to the outbreak of WW2. Rising from severe poverty and anonymity in a divided Europe to become one of the “World Cinema’s” greatest treasures for which she received an honorary Oscar in 1991.

Sophia Loren 3I first became aware of Sophia when I saw one of the lesser known English speaking films she is not remembered for, Legend Of The Lost (1957), playing Dita, a loose women, struggling to survive, living in Timbuctoo, who proceeds to find redemption in Africa, opposite John Wayne and Rossano Brazzi.

The haunting score, African desert setting, the restoration of confidence and self respect, represented to me, the story of her remarkable life, as a survivor in war-torn Europe, suffering from years of malnutrition and emerging as an international star – one of the few foreign actresses adopted by Hollywood as one of their own. Admired for her acting, as well as her beauty, she has been quoted as saying “sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.

Sophia Loren 1She is the first woman to receive an Oscar as best actress for a foreign language performance in 1960 portraying Cesira, a mother trying to protect her teenage daughter from the horrors of a devastated Italy in Victorio De Sica’s searing drama La Ciociara (Two Women).

Linked with many leading men she starred with, her relationship with Cary Grant remains to this day, one of the most celebrated affairs, whose depth still eludes the press. Recently widowed from Carlo Ponti , she retains every bit of the mystique she had in her earlier years. With an attitude toward life that displays a simplicity and recognition that “mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.Sophia Loren 4 I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.

Sophia Loren became Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF in 1993, after the death of her friend Audrey Hepburn, a post that is currently held by Mia Farrow.

Most recently, Sophia, at 72 and now a grandmother , was chosen as a Pirelli calendar star. The oldest women ever bestowed that honor. When asked in a recent Who Magazine interview if she felt she was born sexy, she responded: Sophia Loren - Pirelli CalendarOh, my God! It’s not really up to me to say. When they asked me to do the 2007 Pirelli calendar and I saw the pictures and the reaction of people, I said, ‘ Well, its not bad after all’. So sometimes, I think I am sexy“.

Someone lost to obscurity as a child, who found herself as a woman of substance, and became the legend she is today, lives her life simply with respect, gratitude and grace for the gifts she has been given for what she has earned through-out her life.

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La Ciociara - Sophia Loren

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