Screen Diva

It is hard to believe but Sophia Loren is 84. And she began her film career at just 16!

Shuffle

Jane, with Sophia Loren, Earls Court, 1980 by Smiler (aka: Mark Cawson)

Classic Bottoms

Dahmane Benanteur

 

Helmut Newton – Pirelli Calendar 1986

 

Edward Quinn – Sophia Loren Carlton Hotel, Cannes 1955

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)

Sunday: Baron Von Lind

Baron Von Lind (Jerry Lind).

Lind worked at Paramount Studios where he painted such stars as Yul Brynner, Sophia Loren, Peter O’Toole and Clint Eastwood to name a few.

In 1982, he was approached by the White House to do a painting of then President Ronald Reagan. The painting now hangs in the Reagan Museum in Simi Valley, California. (Read more)

Tuesday: 5 of 6

Sophia Loren and followers photographed by John Phillips.

Friday: 5 of 6

A delightful young Sophia Loren. To see more from this photo shoot go here and here.

Thursday: 2 of 6

Sunday: 2 of 6