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Considered a screen goddess during her prime, Italian actress Sophia Loren reigned in the film industry from the 1950s to the late 2000s when her activity slowly began to wane. She has been nominated for Oscars four times, winning once for her role as Cesira in 1960’s Two Women which also earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. Loren is considered a living legend by many standards. Here is a look at her journey to TV fame and wealth.
Sophia Loren Bio (Age)
Sophia Loren was born out of wedlock to Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone on the 20th of September 1934 in the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy. At birth, she was named Sofia Villani Scicolone. Her father who was a construction engineer abandoned her mom leaving her to solely cater for young Sophia. Sophia hated her father all through her early life for abandoning them but forgave him on his deathbed.
Sophia’s mom was an aspiring actress and piano teacher. Post second world war, Sophia at the age of 16 began entering beauty pageant competitions. This path would lead her to start an acting career in 1951, aged 17. Beginning with uncredited extra parts, Loren slowly developed and began landing minor roles.
Her carer took a turn for the better when she encountered filmmaker Carlo Ponti whom she would later marry. Ponti revamped her image including her name, changing it from Sofia Lazzaro to Sophia Loren, taking a cue from the Swedish actress Märta Torén. Sophia Loren then got her first starring role in Aida (1953) which was met with rave reviews.
Loren quickly advanced in her career and by late 50s, she began starring in Hollywood films which helped her reach a wider audience. She got to act with big names like Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and more. Loren’s ravishing beauty helped in steering a lot of direction her way.
She became less active in the 1970s after birthing her kids. Her works from that period included; The Voyage and A Special Day. Sophia’s later works would come to include Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Nine (2009), My House Is Full of Mirrors, based on her sister Maria’s autobiography, and many more.
Sophia Loren has made solid contributions to theater and film and has received many honorary awards including the 1991 lifetime achievement award.
Sophia Loren recorded unprecedented levels of success in her career. In addition to the huge pay roles she was getting which peaked $1 million per film in the mid-60s, Sophia Loren earned from endorsement and business ventures. She was the first female celebrity to launch a perfume line. After her activity on the screen began to wane, Loren shifted her focus towards her business ventures which also included jewelry, cookbooks, and eyewear. Her net worth has been estimated at $75 million.
Sophia Loren has two children from her relationship with her longtime partner, film producer Carlo Ponti to whom she was married for half a century until his death in 2007. Their children are sons; Carlo Ponti Jr., and Edoardo Ponti born on 29th December 1968, and 6th January 1970 respectively. Loren had lost her early pregnancies before birthing both her sons via Caesarean section.
Loren’s children grew up to follow in her entertainment footsteps. Carlo became an orchestral conductor and his works have gained international recognition. Since the year 2000, he has been an associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. Carlo has received several accolades for his contributions towards developing young musical talents through music education. Many of his performances have been broadcast on the US radio. He is married to Andrea Meszaros.
On his mother’s 80th birthday, Carlo commissioned a symphony, Sinfonietta per Sofia (for love and laughter) to be written by Daniel Brewbaker. He conducted the orchestra which was performed in the Nappa Valley in 2014.
Loren’s other son Edoardo Ponti followed in the footsteps of his father to become a film director. He holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree in Film Directing & Production from the USC School of Cinema and Television.
Ponti earned the Masters degree in 1997. He made his directorial and writing debut with the 2002 feature film, Between Strangers which starred his mother Sophia. His other directorial roles have come in works like; romantic comedy Coming & Going, Il Turno di Notte lo fanno le stelle (his first Italian film), The Girl from Nagasaki, and Human Voice (Voce umana). Edoardo is married to actress Sasha Alexander who has Serbian roots. They have two children together.
Height and Body Measurements
Sophia Loren in her prime was hugely genetically blessed. Even deep into her 50s, she maintained a voluptuous body and still turned heads at red carpet events. She stands at about 6 feet tall, a feature that made many actors hesitate to be paired with her as she looked way taller than them, especially after she wore her heels. Her hour-glass body measures 38-25-38 inches.