Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Carlo Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia by proxy, while she was in Hollywood, filming Houseboat (1958) - and dating co-star Cary Grant (17 September 1957).

Appeared in the 2007 edition of the famous Pirelli Calendar at the age of 72, making her the oldest model in its history.

As a child, she also had the nickname, "Toothpick".

At times, male actors have been hesitant to appear with her, due to the fact that she stands nearly 5' 9" and wears towering heels and tall hair that can make her look over 6 feet tall.

Attended the funeral of her friend and two-time costar Anthony Perkins in September 1992.

Being a fan of soccer club S.S.C. Napoli, she told the daily "Gazzetta dello Sport", when the team was just third in Serie B, that she would do a striptease if they achieved promotion to Serie A for the next season. When they managed to achieve promotion, she explained that she had made just a joke (June 2007).

Being one of the contestants at the 1950 Miss Italia competition, she earned the 2nd place and was awarded "Miss Eleganza".

Born at 2:10pm-CET

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#25) (1995).

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world (1991).

Cited as one of Drew Barrymore's early role models. Loren was a close friend of Drew's godmother, Anna Strasberg (wife of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg.) Anna would bring young Drew - from age 8 until she was 12-to Sophia's ranch outside Los Angeles where Drew would spend summers with Loren's two sons. (Jane magazine interview March 2007).

Derives great pleasure from rolling her bare feet over a wooden rolling pin while watching TV.

Despite their strained relationship, she was present at her father Riccardo's bedside when he died of cancer in 1976, aged 69.

Filed a lawsuit against 76 websites for using "fraudulent photographs" of her on adult sites (17 September 1999).

Godmother of Drew Barrymore.

Had two miscarriages prior to her first-born son Carlo Ponti Jr. Because of these complications, she had to have complete bed rest throughout her first and second successful pregnancies.

Has a sister, Maria Scicolone (born 1938); and two half-brothers, Giuliano (born 1943) and Giuseppe (born 1946).

Has often played the love interest of a significantly older man, such as in The Pride and the Passion (1957) when she was 22 and Cary Grant was 53; and in It Started in Naples (1960) when she was 25 and Clark Gable was 59.

Has three grandchildren: Lucia (b. May 12, 2006) and Leonardo (b. December 20, 2010) by her son Edoardo Ponti and his wife Sasha Alexander; and Vittorio (b. April 3, 2007) by her son Carlo Ponti Jr. and his wife Andrea.

Hating beauty salons, she does her hair and nails herself.