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Sophia Loren

For this week's MVP we head back in time. We're going old school to a time where you could find cute AND drop dead gorgeous all in one, solid package. A time just after Elvis and before the Bradys. A time when

Sophia Loren was on the mind of every heterosexual male on the face of the earth.

Born under the careful watch of the roman gods, Sofia Villani Scicolone was born poor, in the charity ward of a hospital for unwed mothers. She began her public career at the age of 14 when her mother entered her into her hometown's "Queen of the Sea" beauty pageant wearing a dress made from curtains and black shoes painted white. At the age of 16 Sophia left her home in Pozzuoli, Italy, for the bright lights of Rome.

There she was discovered and appeared in a half dozen Italian films before entering the Miss Roma beauty contest at the age of 17. While she didn't win, she did land the lead role in the film production of Verdi's opera "AIDA." Many more Italian films followed and, at the age of 21, Sophia made her first English-language film starring alongside Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in "The Pride and the Passion." In 1961 she won the Oscar for her role in the Italian film "La Ciocara" making her the first actor or actress to ever win an Oscar in a foreign language film (she beat out Audrey Hepburn for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Natalie Wood for "Splendor in the Grass" that year.)

To this day Sophia Loren is considered one of sexiest and most beautiful women to ever appear on the silver screen. She possessed a potent one-two punch of beauty and charm that could disarm the most stoic of men. And she wasn't without her wisdom. She once said, "A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view," something all women would be wise to adhere to.

Sophia Loren is the total package. 

For one week only, we at YourMVP have gone back to find an original, to find the standard for which all other screen legends should be judged. We've found her in Sophia Loren.


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