Gina Lollobrigida, Italian bombshell and movie star dies at 95

Gina LollobrigidaThe 1950s Italian bombshell actress who starred in movies like ‘Fan Fun La Tulip’, ‘Beat the Devil’, ‘Trapeze’ and ‘Buona Serra, Mrs. Campbell’ has died. she was 95 years old.

Lollobrigida died in a clinic in Rome, according to the Italian news agency La Presse. Her cause of death was not given.

In September, she underwent surgery to repair a fractured thighbone in a fall.

After resisting Howard Hughes’ offer to make a film in Hollywood in 1950, Lollobrigida starred with Gerald Philippe in the 1952 French swashbuckler Fan Fun La Tulip, a fest winner and popular film. was.

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

Lollobrigida won Best Actress at the first David di Donatello Awards in 1956 for her role in Robert Z. Leonard’s Italian version of The Most Beautiful Woman in the World (also known as the Beautiful but Dangerous Woman). bottom.

In the same year, she appeared as an actress in Carol Reed’s ‘Trapeze’, which also starred Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and was filmed in Paris. Also in 1956, Anthony Quinn played Quasimodo, but Lollobrigida, who played Esmerelda, filmed the Italian-French remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, originally billed.

In 1959, high-profile projects included 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. followed. In 1961, she co-starred with Rock Hudson in the comedy Come September. At this point, she was hopping back and forth between Italian, American, and occasional French productions.

Gina Lollobrigida receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame February 1, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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In 1961, she won the Golden Globe Henrietta Award for Most Popular Film in the World — Female. Her actress won the David Herdy Donatello Award in 1963 for her work in the Italian-French production ‘Imperial Venus’.

Lollobrigida, who co-starred with Sean Connery and Ralph Richardson in Basil Dearden’s 1964 British thriller The Woman of Straw, continued to make Italian films while her international career continued. The star began to decline and was revived in the 1968 comedy Buona Serra, Mrs. Campbell. She’s with Shelley Winters and Phil Silvers.

After an 11-year absence from screens big and small, Lollobrigida made a recurring role as Francesca Gioberti in 1984 on CBS Primetime’s Thother “Falcon Crest” and guest starred on “Love Boat” two years later.

Lollobrigida joined a cast of top European stars including Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Anouk Amy and Fanny Ardan in Agnès Varda’s 1995 film Nights and Nights at Simon Cinema.

Louisina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy. Her work in modeling in her youth allowed her to participate in a series of beauty pageants, and in 1947 she placed third in her Miss Italy pageant. eagle. “

As her film career faded, Lollobrigida pursued other interests, including photojournalism and sculpture. She also ran for a seat in the European Parliament, but she was unsuccessful.

During her visit to New York City in 2010, The New York Times reported, “The most beautiful woman in the world walked into Harry Cipriani’s on Fifth Avenue in black boots and a red riding hood cloak. Inside the room.” Perhaps it was a trick of the imagination for the only person waiting for her at the restaurant, but for a moment the whole restaurant seemed to lose its train of thought.

At the David di Donatello Awards, he received the Gold Medal of the City of Rome in 1986, the 40th Anniversary David in 1996 and the 50th Anniversary David in 2006. She won the Berlin Camera Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1986 with a special mention. For her outstanding contribution to world cinema at her 1995 Karlovy Her Vali Film Festival, she received a Career Award at the 2008 Rome Film Festival.

In 2018, Lollobrigida received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (pictured above: Actors who received the star).

Lollobrigida married Slovenian doctor Mirko Skoffic in 1949. He gave up her practice to serve as her manager, but they were divorced in 1971.

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