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Gina Lollobrigida, Italian Bombshell, Movie Star, Dies at 95

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Gina Lollobrigida, 1950s Italian bombshell who starred in films including “Fanfan la Tulipe,” “Beat the Devil,” “Trapeze” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell.” He was 95.

According to the Italian news agency Lapresse, Lollobrigida died in a clinic in Rome. No cause of death was given. He underwent surgery in September to repair a femur fractured in a fall, but recovered and ran for a Senate seat in Italy’s elections held in September last year, although he did not win.

After resisting Howard Hughes’ offer to make the movie in Hollywood in 1950, Lollobrigida starred opposite Gerard Philippe in the 1952 French swashbuckler “Fanfan La Tulipe,” a fest winner and popular favorite.

Her first American movie, shot in Italy, was John Huston’s 1953 film noir spoof “Beat the Devil,” in which she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones. The same year she starred in Luigi Comencini’s “Bread, Love and Dreams” alongside Vittorio De Sica, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Foreign Film.

Lollobrigida director Robert Z. Leonard’s Italian-language role in “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” (aka Beautiful But Dangerous), for which she won the 1956 David Di Donatello Award for Best Actress.

That year the actress starred in Carol Reed’s “Trapeze,” also starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and lensed in Paris. Also in 1956 he shot an Italian- and French-produced remake of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in which Anthony Quinn played Quasimodo but Lollobrigida was given first bill as Esmerelda.

More high-profile projects followed, including King Vidor’s “Solomon and Sheba,” with Yul Brynner, and the World War II film “Never So Few,” with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and Steve McQueen, both in 1959; In 1961 he starred in the comedy “Come September” opposite Rock Hudson. At this point he was regularly shuttling between Italian, American and occasionally French productions.

Gina Lollobrigida is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 01, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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In 1961 she won the Henrietta Award at the Golden Globes for World Film Favorite – Female. The actress won the Davide di Donatello Award in 1963 for her work in the Italo-French production “Imperial Venus”.

Lollobrigida starred alongside Sean Connery and Ralph Richardson in Basil Dearden’s 1964 English thriller “Woman of Straw,” but while she continued to make Italian films, her international star came in the 1968 comedy revival of “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell.” until it started to fade. With Shelley Winters and Phil Silver.

After an 11-year absence from the small or big screen, Lollobrigida landed a recurring role as Francesca Gioberti on the CBS primetime sitcom “Falcon Crest” in 1984 and guest starred on “The Love Boat” two years later.

Agnes Varda’s 1995 film “Les Saints et une Nuits de Simone Cinema” included Llobrigida in a cast of top European stars including Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Anouk Aimée and Fanny Ardant.

Luisina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy. Her modeling work in her youth allowed her to participate in several beauty contests, and in 1947 she placed third in the Miss Italia pageant. He made his feature film debut years ago with a small role in the Italian-language “Return of the Black”. Eagle.”

Lollobrigida married Mirko Skofic, a Slovenian doctor, in 1949; He gave up his practice to work as her manager, but they divorced in 1971.

As her movie career faded, Lollobrigida pursued other interests, including photojournalism and sculpture; He also ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the European Parliament.

On her visit to New York City in 2010, the New York Times uncovered her story, saying, “The most beautiful woman in the world walks into Harry Cipriani on Fifth Avenue in black boots and a riding-hood-red cloak, and is the only person in the room expecting her, perhaps a trick of the imagination.” There was, but it seemed as if the entire restaurant lost its train of thought for a second.”

In the David di Donatello Award, he won the Golden Medal of the City of Rome in 1986, the 40th Anniversary David in 1996, and the 50th Anniversary David in 2006. He won the Berlinale Camera at the Berlin Film Festival in 1986, a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 1995, and the Career Award at the Rome Festival in 2008.

In 2018, Lollobrigida was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (pictured above: the actor receiving his star).

He is survived by a son.

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