Global star of the history of cinema, Sophia Loren (stage name of Sofia Costanza Scicolone) was born in Rome on the 20th of September of 1934 and then later moved to Pozzuoli, near Naples, where she grew up. 

Her career started at a young age thanks to beauty pageants and small roles in films with Alberto Sordi and Totò. Her first leading role is with Vittorio De Sica in his film L’Oro di Napoli. A year later the film Peccato Sia Una Canaglia starts a lifelong artistic partnership with Marcello Mastroianni, alongside whom she will act in 14 more roles. Towards the end of the ‘50s her fame takes her to Hollywood to work with the greatest stars of her time, returning to Italy in 1960 for the film La Ciociara which will grant her an Academy Award for her leading performance at the age of 26, but also a Palme D’Or at Cannes, a BAFTA, a David di Donatello and a Silver Ribbon.

With more than sixty years of global successes between Italy and Hollywood, Sophia Loren’s career hasn’t stopped yet: after a break from the spotlight she has returned to acting for her son Carlo Ponti Jr., winning another David di Donatello and proving herself once again the everlasting symbol of Italian cinema.