|Sofia Villani Scicolone Dame Grand Cross OMRI
|20 September 1934
Carlo Ponti Sr.
(m. 1957; ann. 1962)
(m. 1966; died 2007)
|1950 till date
Sofia Villani Scicolone is an Italian film star and singer. Popularly known by her performance name Sophia Loren, she is one of the most talented and beautiful actresses to have ruled the cinema world, being a major star from the 1950s to 1970s.
Born to an unwed mother, Sophia had a difficult childhood as being an illegitimate child without a father figure meant a lot of problems, especially when accompanied by extreme poverty. Nicknamed “Little Stick”, she was a lean, shy and ugly child, who never imagined that one day in life she would go on to become a sex symbol in the whole US and Europe.
Her fortune changed for good when she was spotted by a producer at the age of 15, in a beauty pageant. From there, she went from being a nobody to a Hollywood star and in no time amassed a huge following of admirers. Read on to discover Sophia Loren net worth and complete biography, along with her career highlights and personal life.
Sophia Loren’s Early Life
Sophia was born in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. She and her sister Maria were illegitimate children of Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Her mother, Romilda, was a struggling actress and never received any support from Riccardo who hardly cared about his children. This made the family live in extreme poverty. They stayed with her grandmother that lived in Pozzuoli.
When shrapnel hit Sophia during the Second World War, her family moved to Naples and came back after the war. To pay their bills, they opened a small pub where Sophia waited on tables, Maria sang, and their mother played the piano.
As a teenager in 1950, Sophia entered the Miss Italia beauty pageant and was one of the finalists, after which she moved to Rome with her mother where she enrolled in acting classes.
Sophia Loren’s Career
Sophia Loren’s career started at age 14 when she made an entry into the 1950 Miss Italia competition. Although she did not win the pageant, she was nominated in the form of a finalist. After this aspect of her life, she joined acting classes and appeared in the film “Quo Vadis” as an unaccredited extra member.
Throughout the early phase of her career in that decade, the actress performed in many parts and acted in minor roles until her five-picture-based deal with Paramount in 1956 launched her global career.
She went on the way in her professional career as an actress, acting in films and becoming a much-revered film star. She also had her chance as a singer when she released several singles throughout her career.
Sophia Loren is famous as the record holder of winning six David di Donatello Awards under the category of Best Actress.
Sophia Loren’s Films
The beautiful and talented actress is regarded as “one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood”. Since she registered as an actress in the 1950s, Sophia Loren has appeared in many films. Some of them include:
- After the Fall of New York
- The Fortunate Pilgrim
- Running Away
- Grumpier Old Men
- Soleil [fr]
- Francesca e Nunziata
- Between Strangers
- Lives of the Saints
- My House Is Full of Mirrors
- Cars 2
- La Voce Umana
Awards & Achievements
For her performance in several films, Sophia Loren received several prestigious awards and innumerable nominations. She got an Academy Award for the film “Two Women”, and became the first artist to win an Oscar for a performance based on a foreign language.
In addition to the feat above, she has won a Volpi Cup, an Honorary Academy Award, a Venice Film Festival Award, an Award at the Cannes Film Festival, one Laurel Award, a BAFTA Award, five special Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and many more.
Personal Life & Family
Sophia Loren met Carlo Ponti Sr. when she was 15 years old. He was the same man who spotted her for her talent and helped her go global. He was 37 years old at that time, meaning he was 22 years older than her. They married on April 9, 1966, when the actress was 32, and her husband was 54. Together, they had two sons: Eduardo and Carlo Jr.
In 1999, the actress filed lawsuits against the seventy-six adult websites that uploaded altered nude photos of her. Along with Hillary Swank and Penelope Cruz, she posed scantily dressed for Pirelli Calender in 2007.
Sophia Loren is now 85 years old. She is 178cm in height and weighs 65kg. Her eyes are blue and the color of her hair is brunette.
Sophia Loren Net Worth
Aside from her two main occupations of acting in films and singing, there is nothing else associated with this woman’s career. So how much is Sophia Loren net worth, and how much is the total of her earnings at the end of every year?
Salary & Earnings
This woman made her mark in the entertainment industry during the 50s and beyond, so as such, not much is known as to how much she collected for each film she has been credited to. There’s no information on how much she has made from her singing stint as well, but our guess is that she was a big earner concerning how much she has left in her bank account.
Assets, Houses, Cars, Wealth
Sophia Loren has houses in the United States and in Italy where she was born. Judging by her financial statement, this veteran must be living a good life which she definitely deserves. Sophia Loren’s net worth is estimated at $75 million.