Loren was on the mind of every heterosexual male on the face of the earth.
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
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.
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.)
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.
Loren is the total package.
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.