Sophia Loren's life is a rags-to-riches story. Born Sofia Scicolone in Rome in 1934, she grew up fatherless in the Pozzuoli slums during World War II. By the 1950s, she was playing bit parts in Italian films under the name Sofia Lazzaro - a reference to Lazarus, because people joked that her beauty could raise the dead. By the 1960s, she was an international movie star, with an Oscar under her belt. She remains an icon in the worlds of film and fashion and was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on May 4, 2011.
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