In director Rob Marshall’s musical Nine, Sophia Loren plays the mother of Daniel Day Lewis’ character Guido Contini. At 75, the legendary Italian actress can still turn heads, just like she did when she appeared in her first movie, Le Sei Mogli di Barbablù, in 1950.
Considered one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses of all time, Sophia’s curvaceous beauty launched her into stardom with films such as The Pride and the Passion co-starring Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. In 1960, Sophia moved beyond her pinup status and earned an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Italian film, Two Women.
Even among the younger talent of Nine, Sophia’s striking looks shine. Her natural beauty has caused much speculation as to whether she’s indulged in plastic surgery. The actress insists she’s 100% percent natural, claiming that with plastic surgery “everyone looks the same.”
As the Globe-nominated film is set to release, Sophia claims that Nine is the best movie she’s ever done. Appearing on the Larry King show with the rest of the Nine cast, Sophia acknowledged that she said “yes” right away to appearing in the movie. She’s also very happy to be involved in a movie based on the life of Fellini, a close friend, who she feels was the best director in the world. Check out a Q&A with Sophia Loren on her career and working on Nine courtesy of the San Fransisco Chronicle.
Nine showcases 1960s European chic, when female stars like Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, and Brigitte Bardot represented a raw, sensuous beauty. To Sophia, the fountain of youth is “your mind, your talents, and the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people in your life.” There’s also the joy of pasta, as Sophia has frequently joked: “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.” Click here to listen to Sophia singing Guarda La Luna (Look at the Moon) from the Nine soundtrack.
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