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Producer, Carlo Ponti, was born Carlo Fortunaro Pietro Ponti on Dec 11, 1912 in Magenta, Italy. Ponti died at the age of 94 on Jan 10, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland and was laid to rest in Cimitero di Magenta Cemetery in Lombardia, Lombardia, Italy.



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By C. S. Williams on Dec 11, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

From b-movies to social-dramas, actioners and comedies produced in excess of 150 movies, (more than 20 films with Dino De Laurentiis, as Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica) over the course of his 6-decade career; some not so good, but some were just??absolutely??brilliant! Executive Pr... Read full article

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Studied law at the University of Milan.

The controversy surrounding his first marriage to Sophia Loren, was that he was still legally married to his first wife Giuliana Fiastri at that time in the eyes of Cathoilc Italy, even though they had already divorced by 1957. In order to marry Loren he obtained a divorce in Mexico where they also got married by proxy, but this was not recognized back in Italy where Ponti was condemned and told he would be charged with bigamy should he return. Thus Ponti and Loren lived in exile in the States for a while until matters could be resolved. In the end the solution was for all three: Ponti, Loren and his ex-wife Fiastri to adopt French citizenship so that he and Fiastri could be legally divorced, and he and Loren could be legally married.

After he had divorced from Giuliana Fiastri in Mexico, he married Sophia Loren in 1957. As the divorce was not legalized in Italy, he was accused of bigamy and his marriage to Loren was annulled in 1962. Thus, the couple and Ponti's first wife acquired French citizenship, so that he and Loren could marry again in 1966.

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