Today is Sophia Loren’s 88th birthday.
The Italian bombshell is one of the great actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age, and sadly, she is one of the few still with us. Loren has long been a favorite of mine, and I think she should be studied and appreciated far more than she is.
The inimitable #SophiaLoren , who once said “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti,” is a beautiful reminder of the glamour and elegance of old Hollywood. In this 1966 clip, she accepts an award from the National Association of Theater Owners. Now go eat some pasta! pic.twitter.com/Crby3jPbPm 
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The Amazing Life & Career of Sophia Loren
Before the current era of lip injections and plastic surgery, Loren was a natural, timeless beauty.
Sophia Loren photographed by Angelo Frontoni, 1961. pic.twitter.com/u6u8ka5Qk9 
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One of her most famous roles was opposite Charleton Heston in the Anthony Mann-directed classic El Cid.
Charlton Heston with the lusciously sublime Sophia Loren in ‘El Cid’.#CharltonHeston  #SophiaLoren  #ElCid  #1960s  pic.twitter.com/8WiEdrr5Cy 
— Golden Age of Hollywood Reigns Supremely (@VintageEraReign) September 13, 2022 
Age was just a number for Loren, and she let her natural beauty shine; even in her 50s, she never hid behind plastic surgery and heavy make-up.
Sophia Loren photographed at the Mayfair Regency Hotel during the New York Film Festival in 1991. pic.twitter.com/sLsVryTkxr 
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She was one of the first women to vocally buck Hollywood beauty trends, and she always had a witty line to do it!
“I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size zero.” Sophia Loren 1965. pic.twitter.com/BvLdExOA7O 
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) September 12, 2022 
Women in this era of Hollywood were afraid to be seen doing anything other than looking beautiful; Sophia Loren had no such problem.
Sophia Loren photographed by Richard C. Miller, 1958 pic.twitter.com/mWKCxXLcx2 
— 𝙉𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙜𝙞𝙖. (@Dear_Lonely1) September 14, 2022 
In an era of slight blondes, she always stood out.
The #ICFF  wishes a very happy birthday to the legendary Sophia Loren, who turns 85 years old young today! The iconic beauty brought mediterranean charisma from #Napoli  all the way to #Hollywood  pic.twitter.com/gTzH1Jpoqb 
— ICFF Canada (@ICFFCanada) September 20, 2019 
Brains, Beauty, And Talent
All of this and brains too! She is a phenomenal actress, winning the Best Actress Oscar for the 1961 film, Two Women. At the time, she made history for being the first person to win an Oscar for a Non-English performance.
“I said I will never be able to do it. I am 25 yrs old… I am not a mother. [De Sica] said just believe me. He sent me a telegram saying ‘I am going to do this film and I want to do it with you b/c I believe in you. That is the miracle of movies.” ―Sophia Loren, TWO WOMEN (’60) pic.twitter.com/DZRAePAIUp 
— Dominique Revue (@DominiqueRevue) March 17, 2022 
Loren is an icon in her hometown of Napoli.
by Lediesis#Napoli #streetart #sophialoren  pic.twitter.com/LMtV59Yfck 
— Fabio Pariante (@FabioPariante) August 26, 2021 
Happy birthday, Sophia Loren!
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