Sophia Loren

Of all the foreign sex symbols to explode on American screens in the 1950s, Sophia Loren is the most iconic and the most enduring, largely because she is as talented as she is beautiful.

After early films that relied primarily upon her sultry good looks, she had the good fortune to work with director Vittorio De Sica, who helped hone her comic talents in The Gold of Naples (1954) and later demonstrated her dramatic prowess with an Oscar®-winning performance in Two Women (1960). By that point, Loren had also become a box-office hit in American films. Her other great screen partner was Marcello Mastroianni, with whom she teamed for such hits as De Sica’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (1964), with the latter earning her an Oscar nomination.

In 1991, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her an honorary Oscar in recognition of her career achievements. Still one of the world’s most beautiful women, Loren continues film work, recently co-starring as Daniel Day Lewis’ mother in Nine (2009) and acting for her son, director Edoardo Ponti in the short Human Voice (2014).