Gina Lollobrigida was born on 4 July 1927 in Subiaco, Italy. She is an Italian actress and photojournalist.
Biography and Career
Gina Lollobrigida was born on 4 July 1927 in Subiaco, Italy and she is an Italian actress and photojournalist. She was one of Italy's most prominent actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. Today, she remains an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation. In 2008, she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's Anniversary Gala.
She was one of four daughters of furniture. She spent her youth in a picturesque mountain village. In her youth, Gina did some modeling, and from there she went to participate successfully in several beauty contests. At around this time
, she began appearing in Italian language films. In 1947, she entered the Miss Italia pageant and came in 3rd place.
The contest was won by Lucia Bose and second place was Gianna Maria Canale - they would both go on to be actresses, though neither would come near Lollobrigida's success.
Her appearance in Italian films brought her to the attention of Hollywood and she made her first American film, beat the Devil, in 1953. As her popularity increased, Lollobrigida earned the nickname The World's Most Beautiful Woman after her signature 1955 movie.
She made another notable appearance in Trapeze with Burt Lancaster in 1956 and starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame the same year. In 1959 she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Never So Few and with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba.
The latter was notable for having Brynner replace Tyrone Power, for being the last film directed by King Vidor, and for an orgy scene extremely licentious for Hollywood motion pictures of that era.
She has also focused on other interests such as sculpting and it was before she returned to American television screens with a part in Falcon Crest. She was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies.
In 1949 she married a Slovenian physician, Mirko Skofic. They had one child, Mirko Skofic, Jr., and were divorced in 1971. Skofic gave up the practice of medicine to become her manager.
In 1969 she was engaged for a short time to George Kaufman, a New York real estate heir. In the 1960s she also had an affair with heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard.
Birth Name: Luigina Lollobrigida
Birth: 4 July 1927
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