Sophia Villani Scicolone or better known by her stage name, Sophia Loren, will always be remembered as one of THE most beautiful women in cinema as well as the epitome of Italian beauty.
Born in Rome, this famous Italian actress and singer first got her start in 1950 at the age of 16 where she starred a number of small roles. However, her talents were not readily recognized as she was often told that she was too odd looking, with a mouth too large and a nose too long to make it as a successful actress.
It wasn’t until a fateful meeting with director Vittorio Di Sica, would her career change. In 1961 Dica cast Loren as Cesira, a mother struggling to provide for her daughter during World War II, in his film Two Women. The film earned Loren an Academy Award for Best Lead Actress and thrust her into the spotlight as an international celebrity. Winning this award also made her the first actress to receive an Oscar for a non-english speaking film.
She then went on to star in a number of critically acclaimed films and earned an additional 5 David Donatello Awards for Best actress for her performances in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style, Sunflower, The Voyage, and Special Day.
However, in the 1970’s when Loren began having a family she elected to pull away from the spotlight to focus on her home life, while taking on roles solely in Italian films. She also branched out into other business ventures and became the first female celebrity to launch her own perfume and not too long afterwards her own eyewear line as well. Then in 1994, Loren published a book called Women and Beauty.
Now Loren, 84 years old spends her days as a resident in Geneva, Switzerland but still remembers her humble Italian roots.