2022-09-30

Sophia Loren
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  • Faith: Catholic
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  September 20, 1934
  • Fun Faith Fact!: 

    Loren lobbied for the beautification of Pope John Paul II

Sophia Loren is an Italian-born actress named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest female stars of classical Hollywood cinema. She’s the last living major star of the golden age of Hollywood film. Loren started acting in 1950 at 16 after a beauty pageant official encouraged her to enroll in acting classes. She appeared in several minor roles before signing her contract with Paramount in 1956, which launched her international career. During that time, she starred in films like “Houseboat,” “It Started in Naples,” and “The Pride and the Passion.”

Her role as Cesira in “Two Women” earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first actress to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking performance. Loren’s other film credits include “Sunflower,” “The Life Ahead,” and “The Voyage.”

Is Sofia Loren religious?

Sofia Loren identifies as a Roman Catholic. In 1971, she called herself a casual Catholic, but in 2009, she lobbied for the beautification of Pope John Paul II. She said, “I went to the tomb of John Paul II in the Vatican to pay homage to him and pray.”


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