Posts Tagged ‘Sophia Loren’

Baby, take off your coat…real slow
Baby, take off your shoes…here, I’ll take your shoes
Baby, take off your dress
Yes, yes, yes
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on

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The French sex symbol announced her retirement just before she turned 40 and devoted her life to animal welfare; the sultry Italian star posed for a Pirelli calendar only three years ago and is still making movies. Elizabeth Day says they both deserve respect

Loren posting for the Pirelli calendar and Bardot on the way to meet Sarkozy

When Sophia Loren turned 72 three years ago, she celebrated by posing semi-naked for a Pirelli calendar alongside a handful of women less than half her age. Wearing a silk negligée, she draped herself languorously under a bed sheet with her head tilted sensually upwards in a suggestion of ecstatic abandon. A Vatican aide was moved to comment that, if the Pope ever changed his stance on human cloning, it would be because of Loren.

In the same year, Brigitte Bardot was photographed on her way to a meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy, then French interior minister, to discuss cruelty against Canadian seals. Bardot was dressed in black and limping on crutches because of a nagging hip complaint. According to one mid-market tabloid, her appearance was marked by "sagging jowls covered in heavy make-up and a wiry, unkempt patch of greying hair".

The comparison might seem ungracious, but Bardot has the misfortune of being almost exactly the same age as her fellow actress: this month they will both turn 75 within days of each other. These two cinematic legends of the 1960s have chosen to age in very different ways, provoking very different public reactions. Their forthcoming birthdays prompt the inevitable question: how should an icon best grow old?

My thoughts on Loren young or old is well known on this blog 😉 and so are my thoughts on the young Bardot. And Bardot has my respect for her work for animal rights, but she has also grown into a hard headed fascist and that deserves no one’s respect – Ted

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Long before little Ted had detected why there was a difference between boys and girls and what that difference could lead to he liked to look at pictures in magazines. Norwegian magazines back in the fifties were very full of mono-chrome pictures of film stars, Italian ones in particular and among them was of course Sophia Loren. Those pictures evoke feelings in little Ted he didn’t understand but still liked very much.

Every time I see one of those old black & white photos of Sophia I’m momentarily brought back to the fifties and can’t help a little smile playing over my lips. Memories are strange and wondrous things.

Here’s about 50 of those old black & whites – Ted

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Above is a National Enquirer published in 1965 with Italian actress and sex symbol Sophia Loren on the cover and her husband, film producer Carlo Ponti, in the upper left inset. Ponti claims he married the perfect female animal, which is interesting considering the marriage was not recognized in his home country. The problem was Ponti had married Giuliana Fiastri back in 1946, and divorce was illegal in Italy. Undeterred, he and Loren were married by proxy in Mexico in 1957 (i.e., two lawyers stood in for the couple, who were still back in Italy). When Pope John XXIII found out, he threatened Ponti and Loren with excommunication, eternal damnation, and so forth. This drama actually played out across the reigns of two Popes, because John XXIII exited from the scene via stomach cancer in 1963, giving way to Paul VI, who reiterated the whole excommunication/flaming pit/blood rain thing. In the end, Ponti and Loren became French citizens and—voilà—married in France. It was quite a lot of trouble to go through for a spouse, so you’d expect nothing less than for Ponti to call Loren a perfect female.

But was she the perfect female? Well, we only have visual evidence and judging by that I’d say he was right – Ted

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Sophia Loren is one of my absolutely favourite among the classic European actresses and I guess that enjoying her matchless beauty is the reason that I had seen this photo on the net several times before I realized that the unimportant guy in the background is actually standing there pissing into the water – Ted

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clca_029Claudia Cardinale  is an Italian Tunisian actress, and has appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of Cardinale’s films have been either Italian or French. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1960s.Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, an Italian Tunisian neighbourhood of Tunis. Her mother, Yolande Greco, was born in Tunisia to Italian emigrants from Trapani, Italy. Her father was an Italian railway worker, born in Gela, Italy. Like many Italian Tunisians, her native languages were Tunisian Arabic, French, and the Sicilian language of her parents. She developed her skill in speaking Italian as a teenager, as she pursued her acting career.

    Here’s a Claudia Cardinale Picasa gallery for you.   215 sorted images all told.

solo_023Loren was born in the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, daughter of Romilda Villani (1914–1991) and Riccardo Scicolone, a construction engineer. Scicolone refused to marry Villani, leaving her, a piano teacher and aspiring actress, without support. Loren’s parents had another child together, her sister Anna Maria Villani Scicolone, in 1938. Loren has two younger paternal half-brothers, Giuliano and Giuseppe. Romilda, Loren, and Maria lived with Loren’s grandmother in Pozzuoli, near Naples, to survive.

During World War II, the harbour and munitions plant in Pozzuoli was a frequent bombing target of the Allies. During one raid, as Loren ran to the shelter, she was struck by shrapnel and wounded in the chin. After that, the family moved to Naples, where they were taken in by distant relatives.

After the war, Loren and her family returned to Pozzuoli. Grandmother Luisa opened a pub in their living room, selling homemade cherry liquor. Villani played the piano, Maria sang and Loren waited on tables and washed dishes. The place was very popular with the American GIs stationed nearby.

When she was 14 years old, Loren entered a beauty contest in Naples and, while not winning, was selected as one of the finalists. Later she enrolled in acting class and was selected as an extra in Mervyn LeRoy’s 1951 film Quo Vadis, launching her career as a motion picture actress. She eventually for 1952’s La Favorita, her first larger role, Ponti changed her name to Sophia Loren.

  Here’s a Sophia Loren Picasa gallery for you.  348 sorted images all told.
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The Divine Sophia


Few if any can project pure sex appeal like Sophia Loren, and on photo-shoots she knows exactly what angle, what pose and what look on her face  that will make the photos express this at it’s most tantalising. On top of this she is shaped like a woman should be. This is why women like Sophia and her contemporaries will always blow any present day anorectic super model, movie star or self promoted celebrities right out of the water –Ted

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01727_joanIn 1981, Collins was offered a role in the second season of the then struggling new prime time soap opera Dynasty (1981–1989) playing Alexis, the vengeful ex-wife of tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe). Her performance is generally credited as one factor in the fledgling show’s subsequent rise in the Nielsen ratings to a hit rivaling Dallas.

In 1985, Dynasty was the #1 show in the US. For her portrayal of Alexis, Collins was nominated six times for a Golden Globe Award (every year from 1982 to 1987), winning once in 1983. Upon accepting the award, Collins thanked Sophia Loren for turning down the part of Alexis. Also around this time, aged 49, she also appeared in a twelve page photo layout for Playboy magazine shot by George Hurrell.

Dynasty was the first prime time soap opera to hit my home country Norway, and it was a huge success, the taxi companies complained that the streets were empty, no fares to get anywhere.

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A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.

You have to be born a sex symbol. You don’t become one. If you’re born with it, you’ll have it even when you’re 100 years old.

I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn’t and it really doesn’t have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips.

Quotes from the sensual
Sophia Loren

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