Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida (born 4 July 1927 in Subiaco, Italy) is an Italian actress, active in films from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. Gina actually earned her fame in Italian cinema (her breakthrough role was in ''Bread, Love and Dreams'' in 1953) before beginning to get roles in American films in the late 1950's.
Mostly retired from filmmaking, but has taken up a second career as an artist and a humanitarian activist. She ran (unsuccessfully) for the European Parliament a decade or so ago. She's been overshadowed by Creator/SophiaLoren in public notice, but still has a considerable following.
!! This actress provides examples of:
* BeautyContest: Gina first came to significant public notice in 1947, when she entered the Miss Italy beauty pageant and won 3rd place. The 1st- and 2nd-place winners were, respectively, Lucia Bose and Gianna Maria Canale, who also became actresses; in fact,the Miss Italy pageants in the late 1940's and early 1950's turned out to be a fertile field for the discovery of stars and starlets for the burgeoning Italian film industry.
* BrainyBrunette: As detailed in the [[RenaissanceMan Renaissance Woman]] entry, Gina is multilingual and highly accomplished in many fields of the fine arts.
* TheEdwardianEra: The setting of her movies ''La Donna 'Piu Bella Del Mondo'' (''Beautiful But Dangerous'') and ''Hotel Paradiso''.
* TheFifties: The period of Gina's greatest success as an actress, though her best-known American films (''Come September'' and ''Strange Bedfellows'') were made in the early 1960s.
* HighClassGloves: In common with many other female celebrities of TheFifties, La Lollo frequently wore long gloves with her formal gowns and dresses in public appearances. Many of her 1950's and early 1960's movies, especially ''La Donna 'Piu Bella Del Mondo'' (''Beautiful But Dangerous''), feature scenes in which she's wearing long gloves.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: A number of her movies, such as ''La Donna Piu' Bella del Mondo'' (''The Most Beautiful Woman in the World'', a biopic of [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] opera diva Lina Cavalieri), have never been officially released in the United States on VHS or DVD.
* MsFanservice: Most of her movies during her time as an international star, especially ''La Donna 'Piu Bella Del Mondo'' (she has a lengthy StockingFiller scene as a music-hall singer early on), ''Anna di Brooklyn'' (''Fast and Sexy'') (the most famous image from the movie shows her in a very skimpy one-piece black lace outfit), and ''Trapeze'' (arguably one of the main purposes of the movie is to show La Lollo in a revealing circus-performer costume).
* OfCorsetsSexy: Her 1950's movie, ''La Donna 'Piu Bella Del Mondo'' (''Beautiful But Dangerous'') shows Gina snugly corseted in several scenes, most strikingly during a [[SwordFight fencing duel]] with a professional rival.
* [[RenaissanceMan Renaissance Woman]]: Gina is a skilled photographer (with several published folios to her credit), sculptor, painter and singer, as well as having engaged in political and humanitarian activism.
* SoapOpera: Toward the end of her active career as an actress, Gina worked for a while on the U.S. nighttime soap ''Series/FalconCrest''.
* ThirdPersonPerson: According to [[https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=336&dat=19580207&id=TBcuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=e0gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7072,1197811&hl=en some sources]], she has a habit of referring to herself in the third person.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Gina turned her brown curls blue for her role as the Blue Fairy in Luigi Comenici's 1972 version of ''Pinocchio''.
** This trope could just as easily be called "You Gotta Have ''Red'' Hair", because for several years in the late 1960's Gina dyed her hair a bright copper (as can be seen, for instance, in her ''giallo'' film ''Death Laid An Egg'').
* ''Film/BeatTheDevil'' (1953)
* ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1956 version)