Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing through what is known as “i giorni della merla” (the days of the blackbird), the period straddling the end of January and beginning of February that is traditionally considered the coldest of the year....

Sofia Villani Scicolone, known as Sophia Loren, was born on September 20, 1934 in Rome. Even as a girl she showed a considerable interest in the showbiz world, first as a contestant in beauty pageants and only later in the role of actress. Her story is a troubled one, as she was not only a victim of the turbulent post-war period but also of an eter...

Cinema is, par excellence, a machine that creates “icons”. In particular female icons. Great actors and actresses, from all over the world since the birth of the “sixth muse”, have contributed to writing the history of the Big Screen, often affecting the collective imagination more than others and gaining a special place in the Olympus of cinema. W...

February 2 (Friday) 7:00 pm. FashionSpeak Fridays: Sophia Loren. The National Arts Club. 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan. RSVP to: RSVPFashion@thenationalartsclub.org Contact: 212-475-3424. info@thenationalartsclub.org Visual presentation and book signing. Join Cindy De La Hoz, author of Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style, for a journey throu...

Sophia Loren revealed she had two very famous teachers who helped her learn how to speak English when she made her big Hollywood debut – Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant. The trio appeared in the 1957 action drama “The Pride and the Passion.” “I told them right away, ‘I don’t speak any English, please help me,’ and they did!” the Italian actress told C...

When Italian film star Sophia Loren arrived to America, she easily managed to impress two men: Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant. The trio appeared in 1957’s action drama “The Pride and the Passion,” which would lead to a real-life affair off-screen between co-stars Loren and Grant. “Frank Sinatra was very friendly. They became friends and treated her w...

Last night, MSC Seaside, the ship that follows the sun, was named in a glittering ceremony by international screen legend and Godmother for all MSC Cruises’ ships, Sophia Loren. MSC Seaside, already recognized as one of the more innovative cruise ships in the industry, is the second ship to be launched in the past six months by the leading European...

The late philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand defined art as “…a selective recreation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments.” Since early modern humans first appeared in Europe approx. 40,000 years ago, mankind has “selectively recreated reality” in numerous ways for many different purposes. Many early civilizations, like An...

When Sophia Loren calls, you have a number of options. You can stand at attention, or you can say hello while you’re standing at attention. I chose both – with Sophia I always do. I worship her for her brilliant acting and as a link to the Italian cinema that has given me so much joy, and while we did Nine together, as a person, Sophia Loren is a t...

Italian Icons Special: Sophia Loren + Marcello Mastroianni. Join us for this two-evening film special at the ICCC with two of the most iconic Italian actors of all time, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Loren and Mastroianni are the protagonists of the Italian Maestro Vittorio De Sica’s cinematic creations that we will screen as part of this...