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An Afternoon with Sophia Loren

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A very brief time with Sophia Loren on a Sunday afternoon was like a sip of the very best wine: Great tasting, but not enough!

Musical film gems set the mood for Ms. Loren's appearance, escorted on Proctor's great stage by WAMC's Jim Donahue. In a no intermission 90 minute interview, Ms. Loren gave us glimpses into her professional and private life. A nightmarish childhood in the war-torn village of Pozzuoli, forced a move, with her mother, to Naples. Throughout the interview, her loving and loyal references to the Italian province only made one think that "You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl".

Questions from the audience allowed her to share the highlights of her life: Professionally, her Oscar-winning performance in "Two Women" and in her private life, the birth of her two sons, Carlo, Jr., and Edoardo Ponti. She skimmed over her relationship with Carey Grant, making clear the fact that Carlo Ponti was the Italian she desired to spend her life with and who was the "love of her life". She has claimed that to marry again would be "out of the question; it would be impossible to love anyone else like she loved Ponti."

Quips about famous actors that Ms. Loren worked with in her many films kept the audience laughing and wanting for more. She told funny "on and off the set" stories about Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Gina Lollobrigida, her scrabble partner, Peter O’Toole, her favorite leading man, Marcello Mastroianni, and more.

This presentation made for an absolutely delightful afternoon, a must see, and offered a nostalgic walk with some of the great leading men and women from yesterday.

--Marianne Gatta with Kim DiMaggio

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