GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Gina Lollobrigida                                                                 
Birth name: Luigina Lollobrigida                                                         
Born: 4 July 1927 Subiaco, Italy                                                         
Gina Lollobrigida (born July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, Italy), is a Golden Globe Award-winning 
Italian actress and photojournalist.                                                     
Born Luigina Lollobrigida, she was one of four daughters of a furniture                 
manufacturer (her sisters are Giuliana, Maria and Fernanda). She spent her youth         
in a picturesque mountain village. In her youth, Gina did some modeling, and             
from there she went to participate successfully in several beauty contests. At           
around this time, she began appearing in Italian language films. In 1947, Gina           
entered the Miss Italy pageant and came in 3rd place.                                   
Her appearance in Italian films brought her to the attention of Hollywood and           
she made her first American film, Beat the Devil, in 1953. As her popularity             
increased, Lollobrigida earned the nickname The World's Most Beautiful Woman             
after her signature 1955 movie.                                                         
She made another notable appearance in Trapeze with Burt Lancaster in 1956 and           
starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame the same year. In 1959 she co-starred             
with Frank Sinatra in Never So Few and with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba.           
The latter was notable for having Brynner replace Tyrone Power (who died during         
filming), for being the last film directed by King Vidor, and for an orgy scene         
extremely licentious for Hollywood motion pictures of that era.                         
In 1961 she made one of her most popular films, Come September, with Rock Hudson,       
for which she won the Golden Globe as "World Film Favorite." She co-starred with         
him again in 1965's Strange Bedfellows and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in           
1966's Hotel Paradiso. In 1968 she starred in the enjoyable Buona Sera, Mrs.             
Campbell with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, and Telly Savalas. For this role           
she was nominated for a Golden Globe.                                                   
Lollobrigida co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy "The Private Life of Sgt. O'Farrell" 
and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas.                     
By the 1970s her film career had wound down. She appeared in only a few poorly           
received productions in the early part of the decade.                                   
In 1986, she was the head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. She         
made a few minor film appearances in the 1990s.                                         
By the end of the 1970s she had embarked on what turned out to be a successful           
career as a photographic journalist. She photographed, among others, Paul Newman,       
Salvador DalĂ­ and the German national football team and scooped the world's             
press by obtaining an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro. In 1973 a                   
collection of her work was published, Italia Mia.                                       
She has focused on other interests such as sculpting and it was 1984 before she         
returned to American television screens with a part in Falcon Crest. She was             
also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies.                         
In 1999 she ran unsuccessfully for one of Italy's 87 seats in the elections for         
European Parliament with the center-left party The Democrats.