Sophia Loren is widely recognized in her home country of Italy as one of the nation’s most acclaimed actresses.
During her career, she’s won five Golden Globe Awards, and she became the first woman to win an Academy Award for a foreign language film. The award was given in 1962 for her role as Cesira in the Italian film Two Women.
In the U.S. she’s known for her roles in Grumpier Old Men and Nine. In Grumpier Old Men she played Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti, who is the love interest of Max (played by Walter Matthau). In the 2009 movie Nine, Loren played the part of Mamma Contini. The movie also features Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson.
In an effort to celebrate the birthday of the Italian-born movie star, I present these five fast Sophia Loren facts. Love Loren? Feel free to share facts of your own in the comments!
- Sophia Loren was married twice, each time to the same man: Carlo Ponti. The couple first married in 1957, but because the Italian government didn’t recognize divorce, Ponti was still legally married to his first wife. Ponti and Loren had their marriage annulled in 1962 to avoid bigamy charges.
- Carlo Ponti eventually divorced his first wife in France in 1966, and he and Sophia Loren became French citizens before remarrying in 1966. The couple first met when she was 15 and he was 37. Loren has said she will never remarry because she could never love anyone the way she loved Ponti.
- Loren hit international fame in 1958 after a five-movie contract with Paramount Pictures. Her first ever film came in 1950 after taking acting classes.
- During World War II, Loren lived hear a harbor and munitions plant that was frequently targeted by the Allies. One day, Loren was running for cover and was hit by shrapnel in the chin during a raid.
- Today, Loren lived in Geneva, Switzerland, where she moved in 2006. She also has property in Naples and Rome.