Sophia Loren is a legend and her name needs little introduction for most people. For those who are not familiar with the Italian bombshell, then you should know that her story is one which started from humble beings. Here we have rounded up 20 gorgeous and stunning photos of this Italian starlet that made her the legend.
Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War, Sophia has experienced much misery in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn when she entered into a beauty contest where she caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti (her future husband). Under his guidance, Sophia appeared as an extra in ten films before working her way up to supporting roles.
This Rome-born Italian actress was born in 1934. Here father, Riccardo Scicolone, considered himself as a "construction engineer", but in fact , he spent much of his time hanging around the show business, wishing he could have romance relationships with young actresses. Sophia's mother was one of them.
Although Sophia is considered as one of the most beautiful women in history, her nurse remembered her as "the ugliest child I ever saw in my life". At the age of 14, Sophia blossomed, seemingly overnight.
Sophia offered flowers to a child as she was having lunch in Italy in 1961.
Sophia is feeding geese in an Italian fountain.
Loren becomes a sex symbol between the 1960s and 1970s.
As a child, Sophia has never believed that she would turn into a beautiful and voluptuous woman from a frail child. "It became a pleasure just to stroll down the street".
Sophia was peering above the newspaper mischievously when she was captured reading a newspaper.
Her positive nature has won her many admirers.
Though gaining great success in American, Sophia has never forgotten her Italian roots. She visited her homeland regularly.
She looks beautiful in the headscarf.
Carlo Ponti married the starlet in 1957.
The photographer and a fan of Loren's, Alfred Eisenstaedt, took an array of photos of Loren in her villa in 1964.
Eisenstaedt and Loren have built up a close working relationship. More than the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt took countless photos of Loren and most of which has never made into the magazine.
At the age of 81, Sophia Loren retains her youthful age and age-defying physique.
Loren has never neglected her time with her husband and her two children.
Her sons accompanied their mother to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Sophia Loren and Marlin Brando are taking a break when filming the 1967 movie, "The Countess from Hong Kong". Sophia Loren admitted that it was difficult to work with Marlin Brando during they worked together in the movie.
This might be the most famous case of celebrity shade-throwing ever. Sophia Loren is giving a cleavage-baring Hayne Mansfield some serious side-eye during a dinner party in the Italian star's honor.