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.

 

Filmografia  

 

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