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Young Sophia Loren: Life Story And Photos Of The Most Beautiful Italian Actress From Her Early Career

Sophia Loren is one of the most attractive classic Italian actresses who rose above her poverty-stricken origins and became the queen of Italian and American cinema. Loren’s beauty often overshadowed her enormous talents as an actress. Her charisma and charm amazed the audience for decades. Loren still retains her youthful energy and age-defying hourglass physique. She was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1991.

Movie Career

Loren started her career as a fashion model at the age of 16. She entered Hollywood in 1951 and appeared in several minor and uncredited roles. She adopted the stage name ‘Loren’, from her role in the movie ‘La Favorita’ in 1952. Loren rose to fame with the movie ‘The Gold of Naples’ in 1954 and established herself successful career. In 1957, Loren starred in her first Hollywood film, ‘The Pride and the Passion’. She rose to fame with the Italian World War II film ‘Two Women’. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, Loren appeared in some of the super hit movies. She won the Best Actress Academy Award for the film Two Women in 1961 and an Academy Honorary Award in 1991.

Sophia Loren’s Marriage

Sophia Loren met her future husband Carlo Ponti when she was 16 and he was 37. The couple married in 1962 when Ponti was 50 years old and they remained happily married until Ponti’s death in 2007.

Sophia Loren Today

Sophia Loren appeared in more than 100 movies in five decades. She still can be seen, strutting down the red carpet into award shows, looking fabulous in elegant styles. She has always delivered her best and most acclaimed performances playing salt-of-earth women. Currently she lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her two children. Loren also appeared in American-Italian drama film, ‘The Life Ahead’ in 2020.

Have a look at these gorgeous photos of Sophia Loren when she was young.

#1 Sophia Loren in water, 1949.

Sophia Loren in water, 1949.

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#2 Sophia Loren on the set of “Attila”.

Sophia Loren on the set of "Attila".

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#3 Sophia Loren hugging her dog during a photo shoot in her villa in Burgenstock, 1950s.

Sophia Loren hugging her dog during a photo shoot in her villa in Burgenstock, 1950s.

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#4 Sophia Loren dacing while her sister Maria Scicolone is playing the piano, 1950s.

Sophia Loren dacing while her sister Maria Scicolone is playing the piano, 1950s.

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#5 Sophia Loren, in the selection of Miss Italia, Salsomaggiore Terme, 1950.

Sophia Loren, in the selection of Miss Italia, Salsomaggiore Terme, 1950.

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#6 Young Sophia Loren, 1950s.

Young Sophia Loren, 1950s.

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#7 Sophia Loren posing against a wall, wearing a short-sleeve print pattern dress, 1950s.

Sophia Loren posing against a wall, wearing a short-sleeve print pattern dress, 1950s.

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#8 Sophia Loren in a short-sleeve jumper and a wide-brim straw hat, circa 1950.

Sophia Loren in a short-sleeve jumper and a wide-brim straw hat, circa 1950.

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#9 Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica acting in a scene from the film ‘The beautiful miller’, 1955.

Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica acting in a scene from the film 'The beautiful miller', 1955.

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#10 Sophia Loren , wearing a sleeveless top, 1954.

Sophia Loren , wearing a sleeveless top, 1954.

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#11 Sophia Loren smoking in a studio, 1950s.

Sophia Loren smoking in a studio, 1950s.

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#12 Sophia Loren in an American Military Base, 1950s.

Sophia Loren in an American Military Base, 1950s.

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#13 Sophia Loren looking at her reflection in a fountain, 1949.

Sophia Loren looking at her reflection in a fountain, 1949.

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#14 Young Sophia Loren, 1951

Young Sophia Loren, 1951

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#15 Sophia Loren starting her career posing for the camera , 1954.

Sophia Loren starting her career posing for the camera , 1954.

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#16 Italian actress Sophia Loren, 1950s.

Italian actress Sophia Loren, 1950s.

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#17 Sophia Loren participating in the selection for Miss Italia, 1952.

Sophia Loren participating in the selection for Miss Italia, 1952.

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#18 Sophia Loren on the set of her early film ‘Figaro Qua, Figaro La’, 1950.

Sophia Loren on the set of her early film 'Figaro Qua, Figaro La', 1950.

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#19 Sophia Loren participating in the selection for Miss Italia, 1950s.

Sophia Loren participating in the selection for Miss Italia, 1950s.

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#20 Sophia Loren preparing a scene in The Sign of Venus. Italy, 1955

Sophia Loren preparing a scene in The Sign of Venus. Italy, 1955

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#21 Sophia Loren speaking gesticulating in the film The sign of Venus. Italy, 1955

Sophia Loren  speaking gesticulating in the film The sign of Venus. Italy, 1955

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#22 Sophia Loren with Alberto Sordi, 1955.

Sophia Loren with  Alberto Sordi, 1955.

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#23 Sophia Loren during an event with Elsa Maxwell, 1951.

Sophia Loren during an event  with Elsa Maxwell, 1951.

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#24 Sophia Loren pushing her Mercedes at third Cinema Rally, 1951.

Sophia Loren pushing her Mercedes at third Cinema Rally, 1951.

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#25 Photo shoot in the house Italian actress Sophia Loren, 1952.

Photo shoot in the house Italian actress Sophia Loren, 1952.

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#26 Sophia Loren and Italian actor Ettore Manni in the role of Cleopatra and Marcantonio on the set of the film ‘Two Nights with Cleopatra’, 1953.

Sophia Loren and Italian actor Ettore Manni in the role of Cleopatra and Marcantonio on the set of the film 'Two Nights with Cleopatra', 1953.

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#27 Sophia Loren in 1953.

Sophia Loren in 1953.

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#28 Actress Sophia Loren Lying on Floor.

Actress Sophia Loren Lying on Floor.

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#29 Sophia Loren posing on the beach with a dinghy, Ostia, 1953.

Sophia Loren posing on the beach with a dinghy, Ostia, 1953.

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#30 Sophia Loren eating spaghetti in a restaurant, Italy, 1953.

Sophia Loren eating spaghetti in a restaurant, Italy, 1953.

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#31 Sophia Loren in the film ‘Africa Under the Sea’, 1953.

Sophia Loren in the film 'Africa Under the Sea', 1953.

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#32 Sophia Loren and Alda Mangini in a scene from the movie ‘Pilgrims of love’. Livorno, 1953.

Sophia Loren and Alda Mangini in a scene from the movie 'Pilgrims of love'. Livorno, 1953.

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#33 Sophia Loren, 1955.

Sophia Loren, 1955.

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#34 Sophia Loren decorating a Christmas crib, December 10, 1953.

Sophia Loren decorating a Christmas crib, December 10, 1953.

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#35 Sophia Loren at 19th Venice International Film Festival. Venice, 1958

Sophia Loren at 19th Venice International Film Festival. Venice, 1958

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#36 Actress Sophia Loren in a scene from the movie “The River Girl”

Actress Sophia Loren in a scene from the movie "The River Girl"

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#37 Sophia Loren as Cleopatra with Sphinx Head, 1954.

Sophia Loren as Cleopatra with Sphinx Head, 1954.

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#38 Sophia Loren in the role of Gemma on the set of Poverty and Nobility, 1954

Sophia Loren in the role of Gemma on the set of Poverty and Nobility, 1954

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#39 Sophia Loren with Giacomo Furia, in ‘The Gold of Naples’, 1954.

Sophia Loren with Giacomo Furia, in 'The Gold of Naples', 1954.

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#40 Sophia Loren posing at Rome funfair. Rome, 1954

Sophia Loren posing at Rome funfair. Rome, 1954

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#41 Sophia Loren with blonde hair, circa 1954.

Sophia Loren with blonde hair, circa 1954.

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#42 Sophia Loren at Royal Gala Opening Premiere of the Italian Film Festival, Tivoli Theatre, London.

Sophia Loren at Royal Gala Opening Premiere of the Italian Film Festival, Tivoli Theatre, London.

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#43 Sophia Loren at the Savoy Hotel for next week’s Italian Film Festival, 24th October 1954.

Sophia Loren at the Savoy Hotel for next week's Italian Film Festival, 24th October 1954.

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#44 Sophia Loren with Yvonne de Carlo and Gina Lollobrigida at the International Filmball on the occasion of the Berlin Film Festival 1954.

Sophia Loren with Yvonne de Carlo and Gina Lollobrigida at the International Filmball on the occasion of the Berlin Film Festival 1954.

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#45 Sophia Loren Being Helped to Dress for Movie Scene, 1954.

Sophia Loren Being Helped to Dress for Movie Scene, 1954.

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#46 Sophia Loren in a strapless dress and fur stole at Berlin Film Festival

Sophia Loren in a strapless dress and fur stole at Berlin Film Festival

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#47 Sophia Loren, wearing low-cut lavender tank top and red hot shorts, 1955.

Sophia Loren, wearing low-cut lavender tank top and red hot shorts, 1955.

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#48 Italian actress Sophia Loren, circa 1955.

Italian actress Sophia Loren, circa 1955.

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#49 Sophia Loren wearing sheer black gown, 1955.

Sophia Loren wearing sheer black gown, 1955.

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#50 Sophia Loren in peasant costume on a film set, circa 1955.

Sophia Loren in peasant costume on a film set, circa 1955.

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#51 Beautiful Sophia Loren, 1950s.

Beautiful Sophia Loren, 1950s.

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#52 Sophia Loren, and Cary Grant in a scene from the movie “The Pride and the Passion”

Sophia Loren, and Cary Grant in a scene from the movie "The Pride and the Passion"

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#53 Sophia Loren on the set of “Par Dessus les Moulins”.

Sophia Loren on the set of "Par Dessus les Moulins".

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#54 Italian actress Sophia Loren with her mother and her sister, 1950s.

Italian actress Sophia Loren with her mother and her sister, 1950s.

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#55 Sophia Loren visiting Mondadori publishing company and signing a cover of the magazine ‘Epoca’. Milan, February 1955

Sophia Loren visiting Mondadori publishing company and signing a cover of the magazine 'Epoca'. Milan, February 1955

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#56 Sophia Loren and Others at Film Festival

Sophia Loren and Others at Film Festival

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#57 Sophia Loren at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955 in Cannes, France.

Sophia Loren at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955 in Cannes, France.

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#58 Sophia Loren as she appears in the United Artists production of ‘The Pride and The Passion’, 1956.

Sophia Loren as she appears in the United Artists production of 'The Pride and The Passion', 1956.

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#59 Sophia Loren with Raf Vallone before appearing in a movie scene, 1960.

Sophia Loren with Raf Vallone before appearing in a movie scene, 1960.

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#60 Sophia Loren in a restaurant surrounded by Koechen, 1955

Sophia Loren in a restaurant surrounded by Koechen, 1955

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#61 Sophia Loren, wearing a coat, 1956.

Sophia Loren, wearing a coat, 1956.

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#62 Sophia Loren and Vittorio de Sica on the set of “Pain, Amour, Ansi Soit il”.

Sophia Loren and Vittorio de Sica on the set of "Pain, Amour, Ansi Soit il".

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#63 Sophia Loren in front of her a cage containing 2 birds, 1956.

Sophia Loren in front of her a cage containing 2 birds, 1956.

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#64 Sophia Loren as she poses with her hands on her cheeks, 1957.

Sophia Loren as she poses with her hands on her cheeks, 1957.

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#65 Sophia Loren with Alan Ladd in the film ‘Boy on a Dolphin’, 1957.

Sophia Loren with Alan Ladd in the film 'Boy on a Dolphin', 1957.

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#66 Sophia Loren relaxes on the Libyan set of the desert adventure film ‘Legend of the Lost’, 1957.

Sophia Loren relaxes on the Libyan set of the desert adventure film 'Legend of the Lost', 1957.

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#67 Sophia Loren reading a book while making the film “The Key” at Elstree Studio’s, 1957.

Sophia Loren reading a book while making the film "The Key" at Elstree Studio's, 1957.

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#68 Sophia Loren in ‘The Pride and The Passion’, 1957.

Sophia Loren in 'The Pride and The Passion', 1957.

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#69 Sophia Loren wearing feather boa posing in her bedroom.

Sophia Loren wearing feather boa posing in her bedroom.

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#70 Sophia Loren in her latest film Boy On A Dolphin, shot partly in Greece and partly in Italy.

Sophia Loren in her latest film Boy On A Dolphin, shot partly in Greece and partly in Italy.

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#71 Sophia Loren, 1957.

Sophia Loren, 1957.

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#72 Sophia Loren on the set of Boy on a Dolphin, 1957.

Sophia Loren on the set of Boy on a Dolphin, 1957.

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#73 Sophia Loren, circa 1957

Sophia Loren, circa 1957

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#74 Sophia Loren e on the set of the film, ‘The Pride and the Passion

Sophia Loren e on the set of the film, 'The Pride and the Passion

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#75 Sophia Loren on a water taxi, on the Grand Canal, Venice, 1955.

Sophia Loren on a water taxi, on the Grand Canal, Venice, 1955.

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