Sophia Loren, nome d’arte di Sofia Villani Scicolone (Roma, 20 settembre 1934), è un’attrice e cantante italiana.
È riconosciuta universalmente come una delle più celebri attrici della storia del cinema mondiale. Nel 1999, l’American Film Institute la posiziona al 21º posto nella lista delle 25 più grandi star femminili di tutti i tempi. Entra a far parte 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, Ieri, oggi, domani, e Matrimonio all’italiana, per il quale riceverà una seconda nomination all’Oscar.
Durante la sua lunga carriera, ha vinto due Oscar, un Golden Globe, un Leone d’oro, la Coppa Volpi, una Palma d’oro a Cannes, un BAFTA, sei David di Donatello e due Nastri d’argento.
Sophia Loren (Italian pronunciation: [soˈfiːa ˈlɔːren]; born Sofia Villani Scicolone [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃikoˈloːne]; 20 September 1934) is an international film star and Italy’s most renowned and honored actress. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts and minor roles until the late 1950s when Loren’s five-picture contract with Paramount launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time including; Houseboat, That Kind of Woman and It Started in Naples.
It was not until her deglamorized performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women that her talents as an actress were recognised. 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.
As well as an Academy Award, Loren earned a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award as well as the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards.