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Born Sofia Villani Scicolone on September 20th 1934 in Rome, Sophia Loren is a symbol of Italy in the world and one of the most famous on-screen faces of all time.
She was discovered as a teenager in a beauty pageant. In 1957, she married Italian film producer Carlo Ponti, and in 1958 she signed a five-picture deal with Paramount Pictures, appearing in films alongside stars such as Cary Grant and Anthony Perkins.
She shot to fame in 1962 when she became the first foreign-language actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Italian director Vittorio de Sica’s film Two Women (La Ciociara). Continue reading at The Local.