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Today’s Memory – Gina Lollobrigida

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Gina Lollobrigida

born 4 July 1927, Subiaco, Italy


Luigina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress whose earthy sexuality helped promote her to international film stardom, photojournalist and sculptor.

She was the daughter of a carpenter and won a number of European beauty contests prior to her first motion-picture appearance in Aquila nera (Black Eagle, 1946). Though she studied as a commercial artist, her modelling career under the name Diana Loris helped bring her to the attention of Italian directors. Her first roles were small, but by the early 1950s her film status in Europe was set. Widely acclaimed throughout the Continent as La Lollo, she came to international attention in John Huston’s Beat the Devil (1953).

Beat the Devil (1953)

Lollobridigida’s films include Trapeze (1956), Solomon and Sheba (1959), Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), and Roses rouges et piments verts (Red Roses and Green Pimentos/The Lonely Woman, 1937).

Notre Dame de Paris (1956)

She was one of the most popular European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s, when she was also considered an iconic sex symbol. More than a pretty face, she received numerous awards and nominations for her performances in both Italian and American films, working with many stars of Hollywood.

Solomon and Sheba 1959 Pagan dance

She shifted focus in the mid-1970s to follow successful careers as a photojournalist and a cosmetic-firm executive, though she made occasional film and television appearances in the 1980s and ’90s.



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