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Sophia Loren-Excerpt

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With more than fifty films under her belt and an incredibly active career across two continents, by the ’60s Sophia was just hitting her stride. In a time when many of the biggest stars of the previous two decades struggled to find their footing in a rapidly changing cultural landscape, Sophia seemed only to be getting started. Her career flourished as she made films in Italy, America, and all over Europe. She became an international icon beloved not only for her unmatched beauty but also for her thrilling screen performances and warmth of character that she conveyed in her public persona. In the ’60s she climbed a pedestal of worldwide adulation that few stars have reached, and it is a position she maintains more than half a century later. She has never stopped playing interesting roles, in later years happily turning to television for choice roles not available to her on the big screen.