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Born out of wedlock in fascist Italy, Sofia Scicolone seemed destined for a life of shame, poverty, and suffering. That she survived the bombings, food shortages, and epidemics of World War II was a miracle in itself. But she went on to astound the world as Sophia Loren, one of the most beautiful and talented superstars of this century. She costarred with Cary Grant and Fr Born out of wedlock in fascist Italy, Sofia Scicolone seemed destined for a life of shame, poverty, and suffering. That she survived the bombings, food shortages, and epidemics of World War II was a miracle in itself. But she went on to astound the world as Sophia Loren, one of the most beautiful and talented superstars of this century. She costarred with Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in her very first international film, and went on to work opposite many of their peers, including Clark Gable, John Wayne, Alan Ladd, William Holden, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, David Niven, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Peter Finch, Omar Sharif, and Richard Burton. Sophia Loren reveals the truth behind the legend who was once described as Italy's most perfect - and enigmatic - work of art since the Mona Lisa. The story of her rise from homely and skinny toothpick to awesome love goddess begins with Sophia's frustrated mother, a Greta Garbo lookalike who transferred her own dreams of stardom to her daughter. Following a chance meeting with producer Carlo Ponti, Sophia became his "protegee, " acting in some of his films and becoming the married Ponti's mistress. Sophia and Ponti have been together ever since. For nearly two decades they were treated like criminals in Italy, where, until 1970, citizens were denied the right to divorce without approval from the Vatican. Facing criminal prosecution, Sophia and Ponti became exiles. The story of how they were eventually able to return to Italy, only to be later prosecuted for alleged tax evasion, is just part of author Warren G. Harris's intimate portrait of one of the celebrity world's most remarkable - and secretive - marriages.Also covered in depth are Sophia's remarkable personal relationships with Cary Grant, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, and others who fell under her spell. The Pontis are one of the wealthiest couples in Europe. Their magnificent villa near Rome once contained a collection of paintin


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Born out of wedlock in fascist Italy, Sofia Scicolone seemed destined for a life of shame, poverty, and suffering. That she survived the bombings, food shortages, and epidemics of World War II was a miracle in itself. But she went on to astound the world as Sophia Loren, one of the most beautiful and talented superstars of this century. She costarred with Cary Grant and Fr Born out of wedlock in fascist Italy, Sofia Scicolone seemed destined for a life of shame, poverty, and suffering. That she survived the bombings, food shortages, and epidemics of World War II was a miracle in itself. But she went on to astound the world as Sophia Loren, one of the most beautiful and talented superstars of this century. She costarred with Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in her very first international film, and went on to work opposite many of their peers, including Clark Gable, John Wayne, Alan Ladd, William Holden, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, David Niven, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Peter Finch, Omar Sharif, and Richard Burton. Sophia Loren reveals the truth behind the legend who was once described as Italy's most perfect - and enigmatic - work of art since the Mona Lisa. The story of her rise from homely and skinny toothpick to awesome love goddess begins with Sophia's frustrated mother, a Greta Garbo lookalike who transferred her own dreams of stardom to her daughter. Following a chance meeting with producer Carlo Ponti, Sophia became his "protegee, " acting in some of his films and becoming the married Ponti's mistress. Sophia and Ponti have been together ever since. For nearly two decades they were treated like criminals in Italy, where, until 1970, citizens were denied the right to divorce without approval from the Vatican. Facing criminal prosecution, Sophia and Ponti became exiles. The story of how they were eventually able to return to Italy, only to be later prosecuted for alleged tax evasion, is just part of author Warren G. Harris's intimate portrait of one of the celebrity world's most remarkable - and secretive - marriages.Also covered in depth are Sophia's remarkable personal relationships with Cary Grant, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, and others who fell under her spell. The Pontis are one of the wealthiest couples in Europe. Their magnificent villa near Rome once contained a collection of paintin

30 review for Sophia Loren: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. I didn't know much about her or seen her films but she was such a public figure, I was curious. Her life really is an inspiration, nothing really came easy for her, she worked hard and I am inspired by her! I highly recommend this! One of the best biographies I have ever read. I didn't know much about her or seen her films but she was such a public figure, I was curious. Her life really is an inspiration, nothing really came easy for her, she worked hard and I am inspired by her! I highly recommend this!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Makeba

    There's always something to learn from biographies, and this version of Sophia Loren's was no exception. Pretty girls all around the world who use what they have to get what they want can benefit from reading Loren's story. Now that the positive qualifiers are out of the way, it took me awhile to warm up to the writing style (think Star magazine meets the 400+ page bio franchise-- abrasive, boring, noncommittal and absurd at times, but you hang in there because you're not a quitter) and adjust t There's always something to learn from biographies, and this version of Sophia Loren's was no exception. Pretty girls all around the world who use what they have to get what they want can benefit from reading Loren's story. Now that the positive qualifiers are out of the way, it took me awhile to warm up to the writing style (think Star magazine meets the 400+ page bio franchise-- abrasive, boring, noncommittal and absurd at times, but you hang in there because you're not a quitter) and adjust to random pages being removed from the book because Sophia's assets are displayed on the following page (thank you Harold Washington Public Library). The author provided a wealth of information on the social and political climates in Italy and the States, especially during the 1920-50s, which was really helpful to someone who likes history, but rarely reads about it. However, it lacked the "juice" that only someone with inside information could provide. 2.5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    This biography is well-written and researched. It is an emotional ride through a woman who rose from poverty to world stardom. It lays out all the stories about her childhood, career, loves and films. Included are many tales of love, heartache and success. Mr. Harris writes with passion and admiration of Ms. Loren. I recommend this biography to any fan of Sophia Loren and movie fans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Nice biography about one of my all time favorite actress.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Kyle Jure

    I haven't watched a movie with Sophia Loren in it (in memory anyways) so this was a curious read that I picked up mostly because I thought I read a Warren G. Harris book before (I hadn't). The writing was mostly boring and sometimes verged on annoying (seriously, how many times can one publish the word "sexpot"?) but is saved by how interesting Loren's life actually is. A (piss) poor girl from World War 2 Italy in to one of the most popular actresses in cinema. Her and Ponti's battle with the Va I haven't watched a movie with Sophia Loren in it (in memory anyways) so this was a curious read that I picked up mostly because I thought I read a Warren G. Harris book before (I hadn't). The writing was mostly boring and sometimes verged on annoying (seriously, how many times can one publish the word "sexpot"?) but is saved by how interesting Loren's life actually is. A (piss) poor girl from World War 2 Italy in to one of the most popular actresses in cinema. Her and Ponti's battle with the Vatican over the legality of their marriage in Mexico is also a very interesting part. One of biggest gripes with the book, was what sometimes just looked like lazy research and journalism. Most of the book is full of rumours that come from "insiders" and are never proven nor the opposite. It seems (their names not on the acknowledgements) that Harris did not even interview the Loren or Ponti and their kids (obviously his request(s) could of been denied) .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book is essentially a litany of Ms. Loren's film career. While I found it somewhat interesting (I never knew there were so many movies!) I am much more interested in her as an individual than as simply an actress. This book is essentially a litany of Ms. Loren's film career. While I found it somewhat interesting (I never knew there were so many movies!) I am much more interested in her as an individual than as simply an actress.

  7. 5 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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