Sophia laughing while exchanging jokes during a break on a movie set.
Sophia in "Two Women" (La Ciociara). For her role in the film, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962, the first time an acting Oscar was given for a foreign language performance.
Sophia with Charlton Heston in "El Cid" (1961).
Sophia on the set of "Marriage Italian Style" with Marcello Mastroianni (1964).
Sophia with Marcello Mastroianni in "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (1963). The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Sophia with Gregory Peck in "Arabesque" (1965).
Sophia won an Oscar in 1962 for her performance in "Two Women". She received an honorary Oscar in 1991 as “one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form”.
A beautiful shot of Sophia with a child (1961).
Sophia on break during filming of "Two Women", with her husband Carlo Ponti, producer of the film.
Sophia and husband Carlo Ponti at the Cannes Film Festival. The couple was married 41 years, until Ponti's death in 2007.
Sophia with husband Carlo on a boating trip off Naples in 1961.
Sophia with son Edoardo Ponti at the London airport in 1974. She has two sons, Edoardo and Carlo Jr.
Sophia, enjoying life (1961).
As we near Sophia Loren's 80th birthday, this Friday September 20, we celebrate the great Italian actress, icon of beauty and elegance, with a gallery of vintage shots from her younger years, taken on set, during official events, and in private moments as well.