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Sophia Loren honored

posted 5 May 2011, 11:22 by Mpelembe   [ updated 5 May 2011, 11:24 ]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pays tribute to legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren on Wednesday night (May 04).


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 04, 2011) REUTERS - Ageless beauty Sophia Loren graced the red carpet in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night (May 04) for a tribute gala held to recognize the legendary actress' life and career.

The Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences hosted the event, which was held at the Academy's

headquarters in Beverly Hills. Loren's good friend, actor and comedian Billy Crystal, was the evening's master of ceremonies.

It comes 50 years after she become the first person to win an acting Oscar for a foreign-language role with the Italian movie "Two Women."

Loren, now 76 and with her famous hour-glass figure intact, did not attend that 1961 Academy Award ceremony.

The actress, whose career now spans six decades, explained that she had few expectations when she first broke into show business.

"My story is like a fairy tale," said Loren. "I started little by little with the help of my mother and my husband later on. I had the opportunity to work in very good films, that gave me the success really all over the world."

Loren's two sons, Carlo and Edoardo Ponti, from her marriage to iconic movie producer Carlo Ponti, accompanied the star on the red carpet.

"Oh, yes, of course since I don't see these friends very often," said Loren, when asked if she was looking forward to the evening. "It's going to be a very nice event since these people I like very much to hear what they say about me. I am very curious."

Actress Tippi Hedren, who starred with Loren in the 1967 comedy "A Countess from Hong Kong," was among those recalling the actress' famous star power.

"Is a star, Sophia Loren is still a very big star. She was huge, she was an Elizabeth Taylor type."

The tribute to Loren included film clips and person remarks from her friends and colleagues.

"She is a goddess. That face, that body, that talent, that passion. that body, that voice. That body, did I mention the body?" joked John Travolta about Loren's well recognized physical assets.

"There were several great superstar females of that era, the sensuous Marilyn, the elegant Liz, the seductive Bardot, but Sophia Loren embodies them all," said Travolta.

During the tribute she was feted with tributes and clips of the most famous roles from her 1950s to 1970s heyday, including "Marriage Italian Style," "A Special Day," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" and Hollywood films "El Cid" and "Man of La Mancha."

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