Academy Award-Winning Actress
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Sophia Loren – initially credited as “Sofia Lazzaro” because it was said her beauty could raise Lazzarus from the dead – became from the illegitimate daughter of a frustrated actress one of the most iconic movie stars of the 20th century.
After starring in a number of Italian feature films, Sophia stumbled onto the Hollywood scene in the mid ’50s, starring in such movies as Desire Under the Elms, That Kind of Woman, Houseboat opposite Cary Grant, and The Black Orchid, for which she received a Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
She went back to Italy in 1960, to take role in Two Women, a period piece about a woman and her daughter living in war-torn Italy. Originally cast in the role of the daughter, Loren fought against being typecast and was recast as the mother, demonstrating a range that transcended her Hollywood pin-up status. Her memorable performance won her international fame and she was awarded an Academy Award for best actress.
In her long career, Sophia Loren has worked with some of the industry’s most celebrated directors, including Anatole Litvak, Michael Curtiz, and Charlie Chaplin, and opposite such leading men as Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, and Charlton Heston. Her credits included Arabesque, The Cassandra Crossing, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Man of La Mancha, Marriage Italian Style, A Special Day, and Grumpier Old Men, her biggest US hit. She recently appeared in the musical Nine, alongside a host of stars including Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Dame Judi Dench.
A 1991 Honorary Academy Award recipient for her body of work, Sophia Loren has been called “one of world cinema’s greatest treasures”. She shares fascinating stories from her life and successful career in keynotes that transport audiences back to Hollywood’s Golden Age.