From her breakthrough role to her rapid rise to superstardom in Old Hollywood, these photos of Italian actress Sophia Loren capture every iconic moment of her illustrious career.
She is one of the last A-listers of the Golden Era of Hollywood still alive — and she shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, she's still working, starring in a film as recently as 2020. She has a sultry yet effortless glamour, but she is down-to-Earth and driven. She is the one and only Sophia Loren.
Her name sparks a vision of Old Hollywood's seductive, feminine, and classic beauty. However, there is much more behind Loren's attractive visage. She has a natural talent for the screen — and all the awards to prove it.
She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Two Women in 1962, according to the official Oscars website. Her win against actresses like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass made history, as it was the first time a performer in a foreign language film had won the category.
No one expected such a level of international fame for an impoverished girl born in Italy during the 1930s. Hers is a rags-to-riches story that shows anything is possible.
A young Sophia Loren in 1953.