Sophia Loren

SOPHIA LOREN: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND “THE LIFE AHEAD”

It’s been ten years, but guess who’s back at work! Sophia Loren is on the streets in Italy filming La Vita Davanti a Se (The Life Ahead) with her son Edoardo Ponti directing. She plays a holocaust survivor who bonds with a 12 year old Sengalese immigrant boy. Sophia, 84, has been working 10 hour days, and admits her son is a “perfectionist” and won’t let her leave until she gets each scene “just right.”

Above left, Edoardo and Sophia on location

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LOOKIN’ GOOD: SOPHIA LOREN IN MOSCOW

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Sophia Loren turned out to be the main attraction at a Moscow art exhibition of Niklas Safronov’s work. Niklas is perhaps the most important Russian artist of the early 21st century. He specializes in portraits of famous personalities –performers, politicians etc- with a twist. Sophia is one of his subjects and one of many celebrities who collect his work. Sophia looks great, but we just don’t like her eye glasses.

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SOPHIA LOREN: AFI TRIBUTE- ITALIAN STYLE

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It’s always nice to see Sophia Loren, 80, out and having a good time. Last night was very special for her – the American Film Institute honored her show business career with a tribute. Her two sons with her late husband Carlo Ponti were there – Carlo Jr, 45, a filmmaker, and Edoardo ,41, an orchestra conductor. Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara were among her admirers in the audience.

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SOPHIA LOREN – STILL A SYMBOL OF GLAMOUR

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Who better to judge a beauty contest than one of the most famous beauties of all time? Sophia Loren gave the audience and the contestants a thrill when she took part in the Czech Miss 2014 beauty contest in Prague. She will crown the winner on Saturday night. She’s still working – the 79 year old actress was directed by her youngest son Edoardo Ponti in a movie called “The Human Voice” last summer.

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SOPHIA LOREN: DOUBLE VISION

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It’s always fun to see Sophia Loren. She’s connected to a number of businesses – and one of them is the glamorous Italian jewelry company Damiani. They have a pricey Sophia Loren collection and she showed up at a recent PR event, looking spiffy – except for those oversize glasses. She has her own eyewear collection to promote also and might be overdoing it a bit by wearing TWO pairs of glasses at the same time.

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SOCCER TRUMPED SOPHIA LOREN AT FILM FESTIVAL IN ITALY

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Italians are so soccer crazy that games interfered with the Taormina Film Festival Awards. When the Italian team made it into the European championship semifinals, the screenings and ceremonies had to be shifted around at the last minute. All eyes were on the games. Guest of Honor Sophia Loren received an award for her amazing 60 year film career and her prize ceremony was reduced in length to only ten minutes – the duration of halftime in the soccer game! She graciously confessed that SHE was as caught up in the game as everyone else.

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BRIGITTE BARDOT IS STILL PLEADING WITH SOPHIA LOREN TO DITCH THE FURS

Brigitte Bardot turned 75 and told London’s Daily Mail that what she REALLY wants for her birthday is for Sophia Loren, also 75, to stop wearing fur. The two actresses were both sexy icons in the swinging sixties. Bardot retired at 39 in 1973 and became a reclusive animal activist, while Loren continued to act and raised a family. In the 90’s Bardot publicly scolded Sophia for posing for fur ads but never got a response.

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MERYL STREEP'S ENCOUNTER WITH SOPHIA LOREN

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Meryl Streep was staying at the Peninsula Hotel with her youngest daughter Louisa, and on Saturday afternoon they were walking to their car out front when Louisa pointed out a ruckus outside. A raucous mob of photographers and fans was surrounding Sophia Loren who was outside the front door. “Mother, who IS that?” she whispered. Meryl turned to her daughter and said “Honey, THAT is a movie star!”

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DANIEL DAY LEWIS IS TAKING SOPHIA LOREN FOR A RIDE

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Sophia Loren, whom we haven’t seen in awhile, and Daniel Day Lewis filmed a scene for the movie “Nine” while driving a cute car on a street in Rome. Daniel plays an Italian film director who’s making a movie and juggling too many women in his life. Sophia plays his gorgeous “Mamma,” but he has quite a harem – including Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Fergie, and Marion Cotillard.

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