Sophia Loren

Date of Birth: 20/09/1934
City: Rome
Country: Italy
Occupation: Actress

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Career: Sophia became an international film star when she signed a five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. In 1962 she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Two Women, making her the first actress to win the award for a non-English-speaking performance. Her other films include Houseboat, El Cid, Grumpier Old Men, Ready to Wear and Nine.

Relationships: She first met Italian film producer Carlo Ponti in 1950 when she was 15 and he was 37. They married on 17 September 1957 but under Italian law he was still married to his first wife as Italy did not recognise divorce at the time. They had their marriage annulled in 1962 to escape bigamy charges, he obtained a divorce in France and he and Sophia remarried on 9 April 1966. They have two sons, Carlo Ponti Jr., born 29 December 1968, and Edoardo Ponti, born 6 January 1973.

FYI: In 1999 Sophia was listed by the American Film Institute on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars as one of 25 female screen legends of all time.