Sofia Villani Scicolone in art Sophia Loren

(Rome, 20 September 1934)


Daughter of Romilda Villani, piano teacher and real estate businessman Riccardo Scicolone (son of the Marquis of Agrigento Scicolone Murillo), Romilda had won in 1932 a contest to go to Hollywood as impersonator of Greta Garbo, but because of the strong opposition his parents gave up, little girl who called fatherhood Riccardo Scicolone recognized as her mother, Sofia, of Venetian origin; However, he always refused to marry Romilda that, for the resulting economic hardships, she moved with her little Sofia from Rome in Pozzuoli at his family. Here Sophia spent her childhood and early teens, during the second world war, in precarious economic conditions, while Sofia ran in the bomb shelter, was hit by shrapnel that wounded him in the Chin. After this incident, the family moved to Naples, where he was hosted by relatives.After the war, Sophia and her family returned to Pozzuoli. Grandmother Luisa opened in the lounge one floor – bar, selling homemade cherry liquor, Romilda played the piano, sang and his sister Maria Sofia minded at the tables and washing dishes.

In 15 years Sofia won her first beauty contest and with that money returned to Rome with his mother in search of success but both were betrayed by his father, who did not accept her daughter's career in the entertainment industry, for an alleged activities of prostitution in the Roman House; It all ended with a clarification in the face of law enforcement. In the capital Sofia takes part in various beauty pageants including Miss Italy 1950 's that awarded as Miss elegance. Also posed for several soap operas and participates in several films as an extra, in a single year were about fifteen movies in which was signed. In 1951, Sofia meets the producer Carlo Ponti, he spotted her in a beauty contest, where she had been staying and the day after he received in his Office for an interview. Carlo Ponti was impressed by his potential and offered her a seven-year contract, launching pad of its success. He was the producer Goffredo Lombardo to give her last name Loren, inspired by the Swedish actress Märta Torèn. One of the first major roles with the name Sophia Loren was alongside Alberto Sordi in the film Two nights with Cleopatra, by Mario Mattoli in 1953, the following year will shoot two more films in supporting roles as Neapolitan carousel, by Ettore Giannini Un Giorno in pretura, in the episode Don MicheleAnna and the pool table with Walter Chiari of Steno, Tempi nostri, by Alessandro Blasetti with toto. Important of all was the role of tomato in the movie the gold of Naples that Vittorio De Sica le wanted to entrust only after a brief interview. In the same year it turns the movie Peccato che sia una canaglia, directed by Alessandro Blasetti, film based on the novel by Alberto Moravia, where he first met his partner for Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia in the film she plays a young thief who tries with its exuberant beauty to frame the honest taxi driver Paul, who will defend by all means both the young Lina that her father, Professor Stroppiani played by Vittorio De Sica. In 1955 Vittorio de Sica, Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren, will be the protagonists of the film La bella mugnaia, Mario Comencini comedy set during the Spanish occupation in southern Italy. In the same year turns the sign of Venus, directed by maestro Dino Risi, where plays the role of Agnes, who because of her beauty, outshines his cousin Cesira, woman of minute appearance, played by Franca Valeri. From 1956 Sophia reads in English in several u.s. productions, accompanied by the biggest stars in Hollywood.

He moved to America where he finds the golden age of American cinema, with actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman.

A genuine American success is also Black Orchid, 1958, directed by Martin Ritt, one of his best American movies, which get many cheers in Italy, making her win her first David di Donatello and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival. It is directed by Delbert Mann in the dramatic movie desire under the ELMS, Loren plays the role of Italy's Anna Cabot. Loren will be divided between Italy and Hollywood, playing numerous successful films with the biggest stars in the world, conducted by directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Mario Monicelli, Ettore Scola, Dino Risi, Charlie Chaplin, Sidney Lumet. His consecration as an actress with the filmLa Ciociara, directed by Vittorio De Sica and produced by her husband Carlo Ponti. The part of Cesira was, at first, to Anna Magnani, while Loren would have to interpret his daughter Rosetta and the Director of the film initially had been assigned to George Cukor. Two women set in the years of World War II, is based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. At the time, Sophia Loren had only 25 years, when Vittorio De Sica offered him the role of Delia. A simple character and populate but a large dramatic grain, which she managed to emerge with extraordinary ease and naturalness. After two women, Sophia flies to Spain to film the Colossal El Cid, where she plays the beautiful Jimena, betrothed to the legendary leader El Cid, starring Charlton Heston, the film follows the raffle where he plays the role of a busty Zoe, directed by Vittorio De Sica, in Boccaccio 70In the years immediately following will star with Peter Sellers, in The Millionairess, with Clark Gable, in The Bay of Naples, with Paul Newman, in Lady L and with Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin A Countess from Hong KongThe latest film, starring the famous couple Mastroianni-Loren, directed by Vittorio De Sica, sunflowers.A passionate love story between Giovanna and Antonio, which makes them happy and in love in the first part until the war will divide them forever. Another intense and dramatic role in which, this time, lends his energy into finding her husband up in Russia, where he was reported missing. The professional success you add the joy of motherhood, they had two sons, Charles Jr. and Edward. From 1960 to 1977 she lived with her husband in San Marino in the eighteenth-century villa Villa Sara, former residence of the Marquis G, with 50 rooms, guest quarters, pinacoteca, hunting, cinema, private chapel, art gallery, horse-riding, aviary, pool, and a park20 acres, villa bought and restored by bridges in the 1950s. The villa after years of neglect, has been sold to the trader Antonio Angelucci. In 1977 the Loren because of financial problems of her husband, she moved with her family to California. In 2007 the couple sold the villa in California and moved to Geneva.




1950 / Cuori sul mare, regia di Giorgio Bianchi, come Sofia Scicolone


1950/ Totòtarzan, regia di Mario Mattoli, come Sofia Lazzaro


1950/ Le sei mogli di Barbablù, regia di Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, come Sofia Lazzaro


1950/ Luci del varietà, regia di Federico Fellini e Alberto Lattuada, come Sofia Lazzaro


1951/ Lebbra bianca, regia di Enzo Trapani, come Sofia Scicolone


1951/ Io sono Capataz, regia di Giorgio Simonelli


1951/ Milano miliardaria, regia di Vittorio Metz, Marcello Marchesi e Marino Girolami, come Sofia Lazzaro


1951/ Quo Vadis, regia di Mervyn Le Roy, non accreditata


1951/ Il padrone del vapore, regia di Mario Mattoli, come Sophia Lazzaro


1951/ Il mago per forza, regia di Vittorio Metz, Marcello Marchesi, come Sofia Lazzaro


1951/ Anna, regia di Alberto Lattuada, come Sofia Lazzaro


1952/ E’ arrivato l’Accordatore, regia di Duilio Coletti, come Sofia Lazzaro


1952/ Il sogno di Zorro, regia di Mario Soldati, come Sofia Lazzaro


1952/ La favorita, regia di Cesare Barlacchi, come Sofia Lazzaro


1952/ The prostitution ring, directed by Luigi Comencini, as Sofia Lazzaro


1953/ Africa under the sea, directed by Giovanni Roccardi-


1953/Aida, directed by Clemente Fracassi


1953/ Ci troviamo in galleria, directed by Mauro Bolognini


1953/La domenica della buona gente, directed by Anton Giulio Majano


1953/ Un giorno in pretura, directed by Steno


1954/ Carosello napoletanoby Ettore Giannini


1954/ Il paese dei campanelli, directed by Jean Boyer


1954/ Two nights with Cleopatra, directed by Mario Mattoli


1954/ Tempi nostri, Zibaldone n. 2, directed by Alessandro Blasetti


1954/ poverty and nobility, directed by Mario Mattoli


1954/ Pellegrini d'amore, directed by Andrea Forzano


1954/ Attila, directed by Pietro Francisci


1954/l'oro di Napoli, by Vittorio De Sica


1954/ Peccato che sia una canaglia, directed by Alessandro Blasetti


1954/ La donna del fiume, directed by Mario Soldati


1955/ Il segno di Venere, directed by Dino Risi


1955/ La bella mugnaia, by Mario Camerini


1955/ Pane amore e ... directed by Dino Risi


1955/ La fortuna di essere donna, directed by Alessandro Blasetti


1957/ the boy on the Dolphin, directed by Jean Negulesco


1951/pride and passion, directed by Stanley Kramer


1957/ Timbuktu, directed by Henry Hathaway


1958/ desire under the ELMS, directed by Delbert Mann


1958/ key, directed by Carol Reed


1958/ Black Orchid, directed by Martin Ritt


1958/ Un marito per Cinzia, directed by Melville Shavelson


1959/ that kind of woman, directed by Sidney Lumet


1960/ Heller in pink tights, directed by George Cukor


1960/ Olympia, directed by Michael Curtiz


1960/La baia di Napoli, by Melville Shavelson


1960/ La miliardaria, by Anthony Asquith


1960/ La ciociara, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1961/ El Cid, regia di Anthony Mann


1961/ Madame Sans- Gène, regia di Christian – Jaque


1962/ Boccaccio ’70, episodio La riffa, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1962/ Il coltello nella piaga, regia di Anatole Litvak


1962/ I sequestrati di Altona, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1963/ Ieri, oggi, domani, regia, di Vittorio De Sica


1964/ Matrimonio, all’italiana, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1964/ La caduta dell’impero Romano, regia di Anthony Mann


1965/ Operazione Crossbow, regia di Michael Anderson


1965/ Lady L.,regia di Peter Ustinov


1966/ Judith, regia di Daniel Mann


1966/Arabesque, regia di Stanley Donen


1967/ La contessa di Hong Kong, regia di Charlie Chaplin


1967/ C’era una volta, regia di Francesco Rosi


1967/ Questi Fantasmi, regia di Renato Castellani


1970/ I girasoli, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1970/ La moglie del prete, regia Dino Risi


1971La mortadella, regia di Mario Monicelli


1972/ Bianco,rosso, e…., regia di Alberto Lattuada


1972/ L’uomo della Mancha, regia di Arthur Hiller


1974/ Il viaggio, regia di Vittorio De Sica


1974/ Breve incontro, regia di Alan Bridges


1974/ L’accusa è: violenza carnale e omicidio, regia di Andrè Cayatte


1975/ La pupa del gangster, regia di Giorgio Capitani


1976/ Cassandra Crossing, regia di George Pan Cosmatos


1977/ Una giornata particolare, regia di Ettore Scola


1978/ Angela, regia di Boris Sagal


1978/ Fatto di sangue fra due uomini per causa di una vedova. Si sospettano movimenti politici, regia di Lina Wertmǜller


1978/ Obiettivo Brass, regia di John Hough


1979/ Bocca di fuoco, regia di Michael Wiinner


1984/ Qualcosa di biondo, regia di Maurizio Ponzi


1986/ Madre Coraggio, film Tv


1988/ Mamma Lucia, regia di Stuart Cooper


1989/ La ciociara, regia di Dino Risi


1990/ Sabato, domenica, e lunedi, regia di Lina Wertmǜller


1994/ Prèt – à Porter, regia di Robert Altman


1995/ That’s Amore, Due improbabili seduttori, regia di Howard Deutch


1977/ Soleil, regia di Roger Hanin


2001/ Francesca e Nunziata, regia di Lina Wertmǜller


2002/ Cuori estranei, regia di Edoardo Ponti


2004/ La terra del ritorno, regia di Jerry Ciccoritti


2004/ Peperoni ripieni, e pesci in faccia, regia di Lina Wertmǜller


2009/ Nine, directed by Rob Marshall


2010/ My House is full of mirrors, directed by Vittorio Sindoni


2011/ Cars 2, directed by Brad Lewis, animated films


2013/ human voice (medium length film), directed by Edoardo Ponti