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« on: January 23, 2023, 11:14:50 AM »

https://nos.nl/artikel/24...lollobrigida-95-overleden


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Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (95) passed away

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida has died at the age of 95. In addition to being an actress, she was also a photographer and sculptor, but was mainly regarded as the first major European sex symbol after the Second World War and was seen as the European counterpart of Marilyn Monroe. She achieved world fame with her sensuality in films and magazines.

La Lollo, as she was called, died this morning at a clinic in Rome. She had been in the hospital for some time.

Lollobrigida mainly starred in Italian comedies in the 1950s, later also in American and French films. The curly lettuce lollo rosso owes its name to its short haircut with tousled curls.

Growing up in a small mountain village in Italy, she started her career as a model and competed in beauty pageants. In 1947 she came third in the Miss Italy pageant and that gave her the fame she needed to progress in the film world.

The first years she acted in Italian films. She made her breakthrough with the romantic comedies Bread, Love and Dreams (1953), Bread, Love and Jealousy (1954) and Woman of Rome (1954).

Her biggest success The World's Most Beautiful Woman (1955) was also shot in Italy. Lollobrigida plays an opera singer in it. In 1956 she was rewarded for this role with a David di Donatello award for best actress. It was the first time that these national Italian film awards were presented.

America also showed interest in the Italian. In 1950, film producer Howard Hughes asked her to come to the US, but Lollobrigida preferred to stay in Europe. She did play roles in American films that are screened in Europe, such as Beat the Devil with Humphrey Bogart in 1953 and Solomon and Sheba in 1959. She received a Golden Globe for her role in the film Come September with Rock Hudson (1961).

She also made films with French director Jean Delannoy and had great success playing Esmeralda in his film adaptation of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956).


In the 1970s she retired from the film world and became a photojournalist. She has photographed Paul Newman, Salvador Dali, Henry Kissinger and the German national football team, among others. She makes headlines when she gets Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to give her an exclusive interview. In 1973 an overview of her work was published in Italia Mia.

In addition to being a photographer, Lollobrigida was also an artist. Her sculpture has been exhibited all over the world.


In the 1980s she resumed her acting work with guest roles in the American series Falcon Crest and The Love Boat. After that she plays in a number of French films, none of which become a great success. She was a frequent guest at film festivals and chaired the jury at the 1986 Berlin Film Festival.

In 1999 she ran for a seat in the European Parliament, but was unsuccessful. In 2013, she sold her jewelery and donated the proceeds to stem cell therapy research.

Last year she was on the list of the left-wing eurosceptic party Italia sovrana e popolare to enter the Italian senate.

In recent years she lived on her estate in Sicily.
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2023, 11:15:41 AM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Lollobrigida
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2023, 07:23:47 PM »

One of the Grand Dame and the OG of movie bombshells is gone, it's sad. RIP.

who is left? Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot...

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