Tributes are pouring in for Gina Lollobrigida, one of Europe’s biggest film stars, who died on Monday aged 95.
A global sex symbol in the 1950s and 60s, Lollobrigida worked with Hollywood heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn and Rock Hudson.
Sophia Loren was one of the first to pay homage to “La Lolo,” as the Italians call her. Lauren said in a statement that she was “deeply saddened and saddened” by the news of Lollobrigida’s death
The two divas had parallel careers in Italy and Hollywood and were often considered rivals.
Italian culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano tweeted: “Farewell to half a century of Italian cinema, a diva of the big screen. Your charm will last forever. Ciao Lolo.”
“Sio Gina. With you the last diva has left us,” tweeted actor-director Giulio Bess, whose wife, Filming Italy festival head Tiziana Rocca, was instrumental in getting Lollobrigida a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.
— Giulio Base (@giuliobase) January 16, 2023
Lollobrigida is best known among her countrymen for Luigi Comencini’s 1953 classic “Bread, Love and Dreams.”
In a 2018 interview with diversity Lollobrigida recalls: “De Sica taught me to understand cinema. He helped me understand that cinema is an art; An industry that can give you instant gratification because the audience response is so wonderful.
Outside of Italy, she is best known for playing the seductive gypsy Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1956) opposite Anthony Quinn, as Queen Sheba in King Vidor’s hit epic “Solomon and Sheba” (1959) with Yul Brynner, and as Paulina Bolina, Napoleon’s sister. Famous for acting. “Imperial Venus” (1962).