Sophia Loren, nome d’arte di Sofia Villani Scicolone (Roma, 20 settembre 1934), è un’attrice italiana.
Tra le più celebri attrici della storia del cinema, la Loren entra nel mondo della settima arte giovanissima e si impone ben presto, agli inizi degli anni cinquanta, come sex symbol grazie al corpo da maggiorata. Da Vittorio De Sica sarà diretta in film come La ciociara, che le valse l’Oscar alla migliore attrice, il primo dato ad un’attrice in un film non in lingua inglese e l’unica attrice insieme a Marion Cotillard a detenere questo record. Nel 1965, per il film Matrimonio all’italiana, riceverà una seconda candidatura all’Oscar, mentre nel 1991 le verrà assegnato un Oscar alla carriera.
Durante la sua lunga carriera, ha vinto 2 Oscar, 5 Golden Globe, un Leone d’oro, la Coppa Volpi a Venezia, un Prix d’interprétation féminine a Cannes, un Orso d’oro alla carriera a Berlino, un BAFTA, 9 David di Donatello (di cui quattro riconoscimenti speciali) e 3 Nastri d’argento. Nel 1999, l’American Film Institute (31 premi) ha inserito la Loren al ventunesimo posto tra le più grandi star della storia del cinema, fra le 25 attrici della classifica la Loren è l’unica attrice ancora in vita.
Sophia Loren (/soʊˈfiːə ləˈrɛn/; Italian pronunciation: [soˈfiːa ˈlɔːren]; born Sofia Villani Scicolone [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne], 20 September 1934) is an Italian film actress. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.
Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, the most ever received: Two Women; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian Style (for which she was nominated for a second Oscar); Sunflower; The Voyage; and A Special Day. After starting her family in the early 1970s, Loren spent less time on her acting career and chose to make only occasional film appearances. In later years, she has appeared in American films such as Grumpier Old Men and Nine.
Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards. In 1999, Loren was acknowledged as one of the top 25 female American Screen Legends in the American Film Institute’s survey, AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars.