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Sophia Loren breaks off 8 famous looks: From ‘Cleopatra’ to her blonde phase

A version of this story about Sophia Loren and “The Life Ahead” first appeared in the Actors / Directors / Screenwriters issue of TheWrap Award Magazine. Sophia Loren may have spent most of the last decade outside of acting, but that doesn’t mean she planned to take a permanent break from the profession that made her an international star and the first person to ever win an acting Oscar for a performance did not win in English. (It happened in 1961 for “Two Women”.) “No, no, no!” She said quickly when asked if she would have been satisfied in retirement. “It is impossible for me not to do it again. Impossible impossible. I hope I can do this until I die. “At the age of 86, the Italian legend actually does so in“ The Life Ahead ”, the adaptation of a novel by Romain Gary about a former prostitute who cares for children at risk by her son Edoardo Ponti. “She was tough, she was funny, she was also fragile and in a way she reminded me of my mother,” Loren said of the character of Madame Rosa. “And I missed my job reading this beautiful story.” She praised her co-star Ibrahima Gueye, a Senegalese boy with almost no acting experience. “Without knowing what it is to be an actor – what is the scene, what is the camera – he understood everything,” she said. And she complained about the scene where Madame Rosa freezes on a roof in the rain, with Edoardo insisting that she not blink while the cameras rolled even though the water was running on her face. “I went home and was mad at my son,” she said with a laugh. “But it’s nice to be led by my son because he knows me very, very well.” She also said that by the end of filming she became melancholy because “The Life Ahead” brought her back to the career she always thought was her destiny. “I’ve wanted to be an actress since I was born,” she said. “I wanted to work, I wanted to be on screen, I wanted to do wonderful things on my mind. Just listening to me, it was ridiculous at the time, but it was something I had inside of me. “She paused. “I think I’m doing acting forever.” Loren herself wrote these captions for our review of her remarkable career in pictures. “This is a photo taken around the time of ‘The Countess From Hong Kong’, Charlie Chaplin’s last film. I was so nervous to work with him, he’s such a master. But on the first day on the set, I realized he was just as nervous. When you care about something and love it, you get nervous. I am suspicious of people who never get nervous. “” I’m not sure where this picture came from. What I notice is that I smoked. Funny, when I see myself smoking, I don’t recognize myself. I stopped years ago, thank god! ““ This picture is from a film I made in London with Gregory Peck, called ‘Arabesque’. Gregory Peck was so wonderful and people don’t know how funny he was. It was hard to keep your face straight when working together. ““ This is from ‘Two Nights With Cleopatra’, one of my very early films with Alberto Sordi. If you watch the movie now, you’ll find that another actress dubbed my entire role in Italian because they felt like I didn’t sound like Cleopatra enough, whatever that means. When they came from Naples they may have felt that my accent wasn’t chic enough for their idea of ​​Cleopatra. ““ This photo was taken in our house in Marino outside Rome. It holds a special place in my heart as it was the very first house my husband (Carlo Ponti) turned into a family home. ““ I was very young here. I look so tense. One of my first times in Venice. This was a photo shoot for an Italian magazine. I still pretend to be blonde. I’m still trying to adapt … “” I worked with John Wayne on ‘Legend of the Lost’. One of my first English speaking roles. My English wasn’t great, the crew made fun of me sometimes, but John Wayne always stood up for me. ““ This photo is from a film called ‘Madame Sans-Gêne’. Unfortunately, the picture is much more famous than the film. What a shame I liked the movie. “Read more from the Actors / Directors / Screenwriters issue here. Vanessa Kirby Read the Original Story Sophia Loren breaks down 8 famous looks: From ‘Cleopatra’ to her blonde phase at TheWrap

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