ICON OF ITALY Sophia Loren is known around the world for her award-winning performance in the 1960s film Two Women.
Before his death, the 89-year-old acknowledged actress was married to Carlo Ponti for nearly 50 years.
Who was Sophia Loren’s husband, Carlo Ponti?
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti Sr. was born in Italy on December 11, 1912.
He was a film producer recognized for his over 140 productions and is credited with popularizing Italian cinema in the post-World War II era.
Ponti received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1954 for his work on La Strada. Doctor Zhivago, released in 1965, was another hit for him.
Ponti died on January 10, 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland, of pulmonary problems.
Who is Sophia Loren?
Sophia Loren is an Italian actress who started her career at the age of 16 back in the ’50s. The 89-year-old is known for her roles in films including:
- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
- Marriage Italian Style (1964)
- Sunflower (1970)
- The Voyage (1974)
- A Special Day (1977)
She received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievements in 1991.
When talking about her character, Madam Rosa, in the 2020 film, The Life Ahead – directed by her youngest son, Edoardo Ponti – Loren told the Independent
“She was strong, she was fragile, she was funny, touching… everything that a woman is and everything I have always wanted to bring on the screen.
She added: “In my career, I’ve always tried to play women with a strong character.”
Away from the Hollywood spotlight, Loren is a mother of two. Over the course of her decades-long marriage to Ponti, the pair welcomed two sons: Edoardo and Carlo Jr.
Loren and Ponti tied the knot in 1966 after initially meeting in 1950 when she was only 15 years old and he was 37.
: “The role, it was beautiful.
What happened to Sophia Loren?
Loren reportedly fell in her bathtub at her Switzerland residence on September 24, 2023.
According to her agent, Andrea Giusti, the event resulted in the renowned actress shattering both her hip and a thigh bone.
Loren was shown to be recovering from successful surgery for a leg fracture on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, Giusti stated in an email that the operation “went very well and now we only need to wait.”