Born in Rome in 1934, Sophia Loren — the Italian queen — is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her career at age 16.
Critics fall in love with Loren with her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women. Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award in 1962 and made her the first actress to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.
She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress: Two Women; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian Style (for which she was nominated for a second Oscar); Sunflower; The Voyage; and A Special Day.
After starting a family in the early 1970s, Loren chose to make only occasional film appearances. In later years, she has appeared in films such as Grumpier Old Men (1995) and Nine (2009).
In 1995, she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements. In 1999, Loren was named by the American Film Institute as one of the 25 greatest female stars Hollywood, and at age 84, she is the only living actress on the list.