Italian Actress Gina Lollobrigida Passes Away at 95


Italian Actress Gina Lollobrigida Passes Away at 95

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida passed away at the age of 95, according to the news agency ANSA. The actress, who rose to fame in the 1950s as a Mediterranean s*x symbol, had a successful career in Hollywood before retiring from the film industry and dedicating herself to photography and sculpture.

Born in 1927 in the small village of Subiaco, in the mountainous region of Abruzzo in central Italy, Lollobrigida had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest actors in the world, including Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, Marcello Mastroianni and Humphrey Bogart.

During her career, she starred in several European and American films such as "Roman Woman," "Dog's Life," "Trapeze," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Outwit the Devil."

From Hollywood to Abruzzo: The versatile talent of Gina Lollobrigida.

During the 1950s and 60s, Lollobrigida was one of the world's most sought-after performers and starred in a number of European and American films alongside many of the leading Hollywood stars of the time.

In her teenage years, she modeled and participated in beauty contests, and in 1947 she came third in the Miss Italy pageant. On the application form for that competition, she wrote that she had a talent for acting, but that she wanted to do something serious with her skills.

After a string of roles in European films, including a Bafta-winning performance in Bread, Love and Dreams, it was her performance in 1953's Beat the Devil opposite Humphrey Bogart that brought her international fame and millions of fans.

Despite her retirement from film, Lollobrigida remained a constant presence in the public eye, thanks to her beauty and talent that made her one of the most recognizable and beloved actresses of her time. Humphrey Bogart, one of her co-stars, once famously said that even Marilyn Monroe looked like Shirley Temple next to her.

After a successful career in Hollywood, she returned to Italy and appeared only occasionally on film and television, but she turned to her first artistic loves, photography and sculpture, to which she fully devoted herself in the early eighties.

Lollobrigida's passing marks the end of a long and illustrious career, one that left a lasting impression on the world of film and entertainment.