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Sofia Villani Scicolone (born September 20, 1934 in Rome, Lazio), better known as Sophia Loren, is an Italian actress (although now also a French citizen, living in Geneva), known for both her sultry looks (keeping her figure even in old age), and dramatic talent.

She was the first Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a foreign-language role. She was also very busy, acting in loads of films from the '50s through the '70s, and only slowing down in the '80s (even turning down the role of Alexis Carrington in Dynasty) to raise her kids and focus on other work (both entrepreneurial and humanitarian).

When similarly curvaceous Jayne Mansfield sat down at Sophia Loren's table, Loren gave her a side-eye so famous that there's a whole Wikipedia article about it. She has long been aware of her sexy image, even spoofing it in some of her later roles. In 2006, she was selected as one of the eight people to carry the Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremonies of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino. In 2007, she posed for a calendar in nothing but a swimsuit, and was apparently asked why she didn't pose nude. She said that "When Sophia Loren is naked, that is a lot of nakedness". At the age of 75, she took a spill when walking the red carpet at an event in Hollywood. She wasn't injured, but the fall did flip her skirt, revealing legs that were the envy of women one-third her age.

Fun fact: Her sister married Benito Mussolini's son, and her niece Alessandra Mussolini—who did at one point pose nude, for the Italian edition of Playboy no less—is a member of the European Parliament and was at one point a leading far-right politician in contemporary Italy. This amuses everyone.

Her films include:

Tropes & Trivia in her works:

  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her stage name, suggested by producer (and eventual husband) Carlo Ponti, was inspired by the Swedish actor Märta Torén.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: One notable instance in 1999, not in a film but when she presented Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards. After saying "And the Oscar goes to..." in a slight but manageable Italian accent, as she opened the envelope and saw the name of her fellow countryman and friend Roberto Benigni, she suddenly switched to her thick Southern Italian accent and screamed "ROBBÈRTO!"
  • Stage Names: As noted above, her real name is Sofia Villani Scicolone (pronounced "she-ko-low-nay"). She went as "Sofia Lazzaro" in the early stages of her career before taking on the international-sounding "Sophia Loren".
  • Those Two Actors: She starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in thirteen films.