However, there was more to Sophia Loren than mere physical assets. In the 50s, the Hollywood sex bomb industry valued well-stacked bodies,, big-breasts, rich lips and bedroom eyes and while Loren had all of these, she also possessed an inbuilt elegance and dignity. She was sexy without being obvious...seductive without being tarty; and on top of everything else, she could act, winning an Academy award in 1962 for her performance in Vittorio De Sica's WWII drama, Two Women.
The Rags to Riches Legend
Film audiences weren't the only ones to be swept away by the charms of Ms Loren and at just fifteen, she captivated influential and married film producer, thirty-seven year old Carlo Ponti, who become her husband one divorce and seven years later. Ponti was instrumental in Loren's career and they remained apparently happily married until Ponti's death in 2007. Loren rejected the idea of remarriage, publicly proclaiming, "it would be impossible to love anyone else".
|Sophia Loren in the 1950s|
|The impossibly shapely Sophia Loren|
Loren's look was richly Italian and passionate. - her excessively shapely curves, devoid of excess fat, meant clothes clung to her like a second skin and the whole effect was intensified by a kind of half sultry/fiery/amused expression and masses of thick dark hair, always stylishly cut.
|Loren knew how to accessorize|
Dorian Leigh - the first supermodel
Diana Doors -the British Marilyn