Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren 1957.

Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. Among her films at this time were Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play; Houseboat, a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor’s Heller in Pink Tights, in which she appeared as a blonde for the first time.

In 1961, she starred in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women, a stark, gritty story of a mother who is trying to protect her 12-year-old daughter in war-torn Italy. The two end up gang-raped inside a church as they travel back to their home city following cessation of bombings there. (Read more)

My Fair Lady

Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn with director George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady 1964.

The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a momentous hit, setting a record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history.

It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. It has been called “the perfect musical”. (Read more)