Birthday: September 20, 1934
Famous: Quotes By Sophia Loren Actresses
Also Known As: Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, Sofia Lazzaro, Sofia Scicolone
Sun Sign: Virgo
Age: 84 Years
Born In: Rome
Famous As: Film Star
Height: 1.74 M
Spouse/Ex-: Carlo Ponti
Father: Riccardo Scicolone
Mother: Romilda Villani
Siblings: Anna Maria Villani Scicolone, Giuliano Scicolone, Giuseppe Scicolone
Children: Carlo Ponti, Edoardo Ponti
Net Worth: $75 Million As Of Jan 15, 2017
Sofia Villani Scicolone, popularly by her screen name Sophia Loren, is an Italian film star. Counted amongst the most beautiful and talented actresses to have ruled the cinema world, she was a major star from the 1950s to the 1970s. Born to an unwed mother, she had a difficult childhood. Being an illegitimate child meant no father figure and extreme poverty in the first 15 years of her life. Aptly nicknamed 'little stick', she was shy, ugly and lean as a child, and little did she know that one day she would become a sex symbol in the entire US and Europe. Her fortune changed when at the age of 15 she was spotted by a producer, her future husband, in a beauty pageant. From there on she went from being an unknown face to a Hollywood star and in no time garnered a huge following of admirers. Several prestigious awards certify that she was not just a pretty face but a complete and true actress. Unlike several of her contemporaries whose personal lives were marked by controversies, Sophia Loren had a stable marriage with Carlo Ponti, a man 22 years older to her, and did not remarry after his death
Childhood & Early Life
Sophia was born on September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was the first illegitimate child of Riccardo Scicolone and Romilda Villani, the second being her sister Maria.
Romilda was a struggling actress and received no support from Riccardo, and thus the family lived in extreme poverty. They lived with her grandmother in Pozzuoli.
When Sophia was hit by shrapnel during the World War II, the family shifted to Naples only to return after the war.
In order to pay their bills, they opened a pub where her mother would play the piano, Maria sang and Sophia waited on tables.
As a teenager she entered the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant and was one of the finalists. After this she enrolled in acting classes and moved to Rome with her mother.