Italian movie legend Gina Lollobrigida, who rose to worldwide stardom within the Nineteen Fifties and was known as “probably the most stunning girl on this planet” after the title of one in every of her movies, died in Rome on Monday, her agent stated. She was 95.
The agent, Paola Comin, didn’t present particulars. Lollobrigida underwent surgical procedure in September to restore a damaged femur in a fall. She returned residence and stated she shortly resumed strolling.
Minister of Tradition Gennaro Sangiuliano wrote on Twitter: “Farewell to the diva of the silver display, protagonist of greater than half a century of Italian cinematographic historical past. Her allure will stay everlasting.”
A cartoon portrait of the diva graced a 1954 cowl of Time journal, which in contrast her to a “goddess” in an article about Italian filmmaking. Greater than half a century later, Lollobrigida nonetheless turned heads along with her brown hair, curls and statuesque determine, and most popular to be known as an actress reasonably than the gender-neutral time period actor.
“Lollo,” as she was affectionately known as by Italians, started making movies in Italy shortly after the top of World Warfare II, because the nation started to advertise on the large display a stereotypical idea of Mediterranean magnificence corresponding to buxes and brunettes.
Along with “The Most Lovely Lady within the World” in 1955, profession highlights included the Golden Globe winner “Come September,” with Rock Hudson; “Trapeze;” “Beat the Satan,” a 1953 John Huston movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones; and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” which gained Italy’s Lollobrigida David di Donatello Finest Actress award in 1969.
In Italy, she labored with a number of the nation’s main administrators after the struggle, together with Mario Monicelli, Luigi Comencini, Pietro Germi and Vittorio De Sica.
Two of her hottest movies at residence had been Comencini’s Pane Amore e Fantasia (Bread, Love and Desires) in 1953, and the sequel a 12 months later, Pane Amore e Gelosia (Bread, Love and jealousy”). Her male counterpart was Vittorio Gassman, one in every of Italy’s main display males.
Lollobrigida was additionally an completed sculptor, painter, and photographer, and ultimately deserted movie for different arts. Together with her digicam, she roamed the world from the Soviet Union on the time to Australia. In 1974, Fidel Castro hosted her in Cuba for 12 days whereas she labored on a photograph report.
Lollobrigida was born on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, a picturesque hill city close to Rome, the place her father was a furnishings maker. She started her profession in magnificence pageants, posing for journal covers and making temporary appearances in small movies. Producer Mario Costa took it from the streets of Rome to look on the large display.
Eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes ultimately introduced Lollobrigida to the US, the place she carried out with a few of Hollywood’s main males of the Nineteen Fifties and 60s, together with Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner.
Hughes did it with marriage proposals, the BBC reported.
After a lifetime of being patronized by Hughes and lots of main males in Hollywood, Rock Hudson’s failure to make the swap got here as a shock, the BBC reported.
“I knew straight away that Rock Hudson was homosexual when he did not fall in love with me,” she informed a reporter.
Through the years, her co-stars additionally included Europe’s most daring male stars of the period, amongst them Louis Jourdan, Fernando Rey, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Alec Guinness.
Whereas Lollobrigida performed a number of dramatic roles, her intercourse image picture outlined her profession, and her hottest characters had been in gentle comedies such because the Bread, Love trilogy.
With lush eyelashes and thick, brown curls overlaying her face, Lollobrigida began a hair craze within the Nineteen Fifties referred to as the “poodle minimize”. Gossip columnists commented on alleged rivalries between her and Sophia Loren, one other Italian movie star celebrated for her magnificence.
In center age, Lollobrigida’s romance with a person 34 years her junior, Javier Rigau, from Barcelona, Spain, stored the gossip pages buzzing for years.
“I’ve all the time had a weak point for younger males, as a result of they’re beneficiant and don’t have any complexes,” the actress informed Spain’s Hola journal. After greater than 20 years of relationship, in 2006, the then 79-year-old Lollobrigida introduced that she would marry Rigau, however the marriage ceremony by no means came about.
Her first marriage, to Milko Skofic, a health care provider born in Yugoslavia, resulted in divorce in 1971.
Later, Lollobrigida landed a number of elements in American TV collection – together with “Falcon’s Crest” and “Love Boat” – however then reinvented herself as an artist, the BBC reported.
Within the final years of her life, Lollobrigida’s title appeared extra usually in journalistic articles overlaying the courts of Rome, reasonably than on the glamor stage, as authorized battles raged over whether or not she had the psychological capability to take care of the funds of her.
On her web site, Lollobrigida recalled how her household misplaced their residence throughout World Warfare II bombings and went to reside in Rome. She studied sculpture and portray at a highschool devoted to the humanities, whereas her two sisters labored as theater managers to permit her to proceed her research.