🥀 She was raised in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War.
"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent." - Sophia Loren
Her father was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children Sophia and her sister, Maria.
As a result, Sophia experienced much sadness throughout her childhood. "I hated my father all my life but in his final days I forgave him for all the suffering he caused us. As you grow older, marry, and have children of you own, you learn and forget. I do not forget easily, but I do forgive." - Sophia Loren
🎬 Her life changed for the better when she entered a beauty contest at the age of 14 and placed as one of the finalists.
From there she caught the eye of film producer Carlo Ponti who helped guide her acting career and later became her husband. She credits Yvonne De Carlo as her inspiration for becoming an actress, "Oh, how I loved the movies as a little girl. Particularly I loved Yvonne De Carlo - she was my favorite. Others, too, like Rita Hayworth, but I used to dream that I was Yvonne De Carlo. And I liked that little one - what was her name? - June Allyson, too. But for me there was only one Yvonne De Carlo." - Sophia Loren
🎭 Sophia was the 55th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Two Women (1960) at The 34th Annual Academy Awards (1962) on April 9, 1962.
She is also one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person. "I decided that I could not bear the ordeal of sitting in plain view of millions of viewers while my fate was being judged. If I lost, I might faint for disappointment. If I won, I would also very likely faint with joy. I decided it would be better to faint at home." - Sophia Loren
💫 What inspires me about Sophia is that she is beautiful inside and out.
"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical." - Sophia Loren