Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren
Quick Facts About Sofia Scicolone
Celebrated Name Sophia Loren
Age 89 years old
Nick Name Sophia
Birth Name Sofia Villani Scicolone
Birth Date 1934-09-20
Gender Female
Profession Actress
Birth Nation Italy
Place of Birth Rome
Nationality Italian
Ethnicity Italian-White
Mother Romilda Villani
Father Riccardo Scicolone
Sister Maria
Religion Catholic
Awards BAFTA Award and more
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Husband Carlo Ponti
Children Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo Ponti
Net Worth $75 Million
Salary Over $10 Million
Source of Wealth Entertainment Industry
Height 5 feet 8.5 inches or 174 cm
Weight 64 KG
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Dark Brown
Body Build/Type Hourglass/voluptuous

Sophia Loren is a celebrated Italian actress. She is best known for her extensive film career. She earned recognition as one of the greatest stars of classical Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute. Starting her journey in entertainment after a beauty pageant and acting lessons, she entered the film world at just sixteen years old in 1950, initially in minor roles. However, a pivotal five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 catapulted her to international stardom. Some of her notable films from that period include "The Pride and the Passion," "Houseboat," and "It Started in Naples." During the 1980s, she chose fewer film roles, focusing on select projects like "Prêt-à-porter" (1994), "Grumpier Old Men" (1995), "Nine" (2009), and "The Life Ahead" (2020). Recently, Sophia Loren has undergone emergency surgery following a fall in her bathroom at her Swiss home.

Sophia Loren Biography

Sophia Loren, a renowned Italian actress and singer, is widely acclaimed for her extensive filmography. Throughout her illustrious career, she has garnered numerous prestigious accolades, including an Oscar, David di Donatello Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Grammy, and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, among others.

Sophia Loren was born on 20th September 1934 in Rome, Italy. Her birth name is Sofia Villani Scicolone. She holds Italian-French nationality and she belongs to the Italian-White ethnicity. She has celebrated her 89th birthday as of 2023. About her family details, she is the daughter of her mother, Romilda Villani, a piano teacher, and actress, and her father, Riccardo Scicolone, a construction engineer of noble descent. She also has a sibling; a sister named Maria. Loren launched her career at age 15 by competing in the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant as Sofia Lazzaro. She reached the final three and was honored with the title "Miss Elegance 1950." In 2010, she was crowned the winner of the 71st Miss Italia Pageant.

Italian Actress, Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren Acting Career

Sofia Loren's career began at Italy's national film school, and she appeared in minor roles in films like "Quo Vadis" at the age of 16. Initially credited as Sofia Lazzaro, her name and image were transformed by Carlo Ponti to become Sophia Loren, leading to her first starring role in "Aida" (1953). She achieved international stardom with a five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958, starring in films like "Desire Under the Elms" and "Two Women" (1960), which earned her an Academy Award and Cannes Film Festival accolades. Loren continued her success through the 1960s, co-starring with prominent actors like Cary Grant and Marcello Mastroianni, and she received four Golden Globe Awards as "World Film Favorite – Female" between 1964 and 1977. In the 1970s, she appeared in Italian and international films, including "The Voyage" and "A Special Day" (1977), winning awards and acclaim. 

In 1980, Loren starred in a TV biopic based on her autobiography, with Ritza Brown and Chiara Ferrari portraying her younger self. She made history in 1981 with her perfume 'Sophia' and an eyewear brand. Despite a 1982 prison sentence for tax evasion, her popularity endured. In the '80s, she focused on motherhood and declined roles like Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty." Loren recorded songs, including an album with Peter Sellers, and inspired "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" by Peter Sarstedt. Her collaboration with Sellers was depicted in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," with Sonia Aquino portraying Loren.

In 1991, Sophia Loren was honored with an Academy Honorary Award for her outstanding contributions to world cinema, followed by the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1995 for her remarkable impact on the entertainment industry. During this period, she also presented Federico Fellini with an honorary Oscar and revealed his plans to direct her in a film before his passing. Throughout the '90s and 2000s, Loren diversified her ventures, including cookbooks, eyewear, jewelry, and perfume. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" (1994). Additionally, she received accolades such as a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, an Honorable Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival, and recognition from the American Film Institute as one of the greatest female stars of Golden Age Hollywood. 

In 2009, after a hiatus, Loren returned to the big screen in Rob Marshall's "Nine" and earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She continued her acting career with projects like "La Mia Casa È Piena di Specchi" (2010) and a short-film adaptation of "The Human Voice" (2013), directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. Her comeback extended to feature-length films with "The Life Ahead" (2020), earning her acclaim and awards. In 2017, Loren received a star on the Almeria Walk of Fame in Spain for her work on "Bianco, rosso e..."

Awards and Achievements


  • Venice Film Festival - Volpi Cup for Best Actress (The Black Orchid)


  • Academy Awards - Best Actress (Two Women)
  • BAFTA Awards - Best Film Foreign Actress (Two Women)
  • Bambi Awards - Best International Actress (Two Women)
  • Cannes Film Festival - Best Female Interpretation (Two Women)
  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Two Women)
  • Silver Ribbon Awards - Best Leading Actress (Two Women)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Two Women)
  • Sant Jordi Awards - Best Performance in a Foreign Film (Two Women)


  • TCL Theatre Prints Ceremony - Footprints and Handprints Ceremony (Honored)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
  • Moscow Film Festival - Best Actress Award (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
  • Golden Laurel Awards - Best Actress (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marriage Italian Style)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sunflower)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Voyage)
  • San Sebastián Film Festival - Award for Best Actress (The Voyage)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (A Special Day)
  • Italian Golden Globe Awards - Best Lead Actress (A Special Day)
  • Silver Ribbon Awards - Best Leading Actress (A Special Day)


  • Grammy Awards - Best Spoken Word Album for Children (Wolf Tracks and Peter and the Wolf)


  • David di Donatello Awards - Special David Award (La Voce Umana)


  • AARP Movies for Grownups Awards - Best Actress (The Life Ahead)
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards - Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award (The Life Ahead)
  • KCET Cinema Series - Lumière Award (The Life Ahead)
  • Capri Hollywood Film Festival - Best Actress (The Life Ahead)
  • CinEuphoria Awards - Best Actress (The Life Ahead)
  • David di Donatello Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Life Ahead)

Who is Sophia Loren Husband, Carlo Ponti?

Sophia Loren, a woman who experienced the joys and sorrows of marriage and widowhood, was united with her husband Carlo Ponti, a renowned Italian film producer with an impressive portfolio of over 140 productions. Their love story began in 1950 when Sophia, at the age of 16, crossed paths with the 37-year-old Carlo. At the time, Carlo was still technically married to his first wife, Giuliana, from whom he had been separated for a long period. Sophia and Carlo's union initially took place in Mexico on September 17, 1957, although not without legal complications due to Carlo's marital status. To avoid bigamy charges, their marriage was annulled in 1962, but they continued to share their lives together. Eventually, they both became French citizens, and Carlo secured a divorce in France, allowing him to marry Sophia legally on April 9, 1966. 

Sophia Loren and her late husband, Carlo Ponti

The couple was blessed with two children, Carlo Ponti Jr., born on December 29, 1968, and Edoardo Ponti, born on January 6, 1973. Sophia now enjoys the role of a proud grandmother to four grandchildren. Sadly, Carlo Ponti passed away on January 10, 2007, due to pulmonary complications. Since late 2006, Sophia's primary residence has been in Geneva, Switzerland, although she also owns properties in Naples and Rome. In the past, she maintained a holiday home in the coastal town of Castiglione Della Pescaia, Tuscany. Today, she finds happiness in the company of her children, cherishing her present life.

Sophia Loren Net Worth In 2023

Sophia Loren is a highly accomplished actress with a substantial net worth of $75 million as of 2023. She earns an impressive annual salary exceeding $10 million. Her illustrious career spans numerous movies and TV shows. In addition to her acting career, she made history by becoming the first female celebrity to introduce her own fragrance, 'Sophia', and subsequently ventured into the eyewear business. Loren's influence extended to the fashion world, where she appeared in the GCDS ‘Dinner’s Ready’ Fall 2019 Fashion Ad Campaign. Her earnings have afforded her a luxurious lifestyle. 

Sophia Loren Height: How tall is she?

Sophia Loren is a stunning actress, standing at a height of 5 feet 8.5 inches or 174 cm, and maintaining a balanced weight of 64 kg or 141 lbs. Her body is characterized as voluptuous, and she possesses captivating green eyes and dark brown hair. Among her distinctive features are her beautiful eyes, an hourglass physique, a seductive deep voice, and occasionally wearing a pair of reading glasses. Loren's healthy body and charismatic personality have drawn a large following of admirers.

Sophia Loren had surgery after a fall

Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren recently experienced a bathroom fall at her Swiss residence, resulting in multiple "serious fractures" in her hip and femur. Her agent, Andrea Giusti, informed the PA news agency about the incident and noted that both of Loren's sons, Carlo and Edoardo Ponti, were present at her side during this challenging time. Fortunately, the emergency surgery was successful, as mentioned by Giusti, who added that the recovery process now requires some patience. A spokesperson also conveyed to Reuters that the surgery went smoothly, and all that's left is for Loren to rest and recuperate.

Facts About Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren was discovered at a beauty pageant

Sophia Loren's journey in the entertainment world began when she was discovered at the age of 15 during the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant. Under the name Sofia Lazzaro, she participated as Candidate No.2, representing the Lazio region along with three other contestants. Her remarkable presence and beauty led her to become one of the final three contestants, ultimately winning the title of Miss Elegance in 1950.

Loren made her film debut at age 16

Sophia Loren embarked on her film career at the age of 16, with her debut appearance in the 1951 film "Quo Vadis," directed by Mervyn Le Roy. In this film, she played a small, uncredited role. Shortly thereafter, in the same year, she appeared in the film "Era lui… sì! sì!" under the credited name Sofia Lazzaro, portraying an odalisque in the story. An odalisque refers to a harem concubine or a genre of art that often features women depicted as partially or entirely nude. These were Sophia's initial forays into the world of cinema, leaving it up to interpretation whether her uncredited or credited role qualifies as her true film debut.  

She sued 76 adult websites in 1999

In late 1999, Sophia Loren initiated a legal battle by filing a lawsuit against 76 internet companies. The lawsuit alleged that these companies were unlawfully using her name and likeness to lure internet users to pornographic websites. This legal action was filed in an Indiana court, with Loren and her legal team citing various emotional and psychological distresses, including shame, humiliation, embarrassment, shock, depression, and distress as the basis for the suit. While the lawsuit did not specify a particular monetary damage amount, it did seek remedies such as damages and a motion for a permanent injunction among other legal actions.

She is a fan of the football club S.S.C. Napoli

Sophia Loren is a devoted supporter of the football club S.S.C. Napoli. In May 2007, even at the age of 72, she publicly declared her loyalty to the team. At that time, when Napoli was ranked third in Serie B, Loren humorously promised to perform a striptease if the team managed to secure victory.

She met with her father only three times

Sophia Loren had limited contact with her father, meeting him only on three occasions throughout her life. These encounters occurred when she was five years old, again at the age of seventeen, and lastly in 1976 on his deathbed. Loren revealed that she forgave him, but the memory of his abandonment of her mother was something she could never forget. Her father's refusal to marry her mother resulted in her mother facing financial difficulties and raising Sophia Loren on her own.