Sophia Loren even made Americans fall in love with Greece. In a movie called “The Boy on a Dolphin,” filmed on the small island of Hydra, Loren brought the beauty of ancient shores to the silver screen. It was the first Hollywood movie filmed in Greece. She said it was the most beautiful place she had seen.
More movies and plenty of tourists would flock to the ancient land soon after. For Sophia, it marked her first film as an English speaker and was special personally. Ponti and she consummated their relationship during the filming of it.
Sophia Goes Blonde
“Heller in Pink Tights” was a 1960 technicolor movie that sprang to life featuring Sophia Loren as a blonde. The western-style movie was not a big hit, but it was a lavishly costumed and vividly photographed color movie directed by George Cukor and has held its weight in film history.
Loren played the blonde and she happened to be at the thinnest size of her career. Cukor asked her to lose weight for the movie, so she lost about 20 pounds. He also asked her to wear a blonde wig.
Hollywood Fell in Love with Italians
When Sophia Loren arrived in Hollywood, she learned swiftly that, in America, Italians were expected to be either servers or gangsters. Cornered into the stereotype, she said, they tried to change her. Instead, she would change everything. Her celebrity made Italians as beautiful as Rome’s most famous landmarks.
The actress was brought in on a wave of pop culture crashing and flowing into Hollywood. Italians would fill great roles in Loren’s wake. The Italian Stallion known as Rocky Balboa was one. “The Godfather,” DeNiro as a taxi driver, and Travolta’s iconic roles in both “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” also must have been part of the Italian pop wave.
Sophia Behind Bars
Sophia served 18 days in jail for tax evasion in 1982. It was the only way she could get back to Italy to see her family. At the time, her sister Maria visited her in prison and reported that she had never seen her sister so low in spirits.
Talking to BBC1, she said it was a horrific experience that left a scar. She said that the papers claimed she had a luxury stay with a carpeted cell and color TV, but ultimately, she said she would never choose to do that again, with a sigh of regret.
Her Relationship with Being a Symbol
“How do you like being a symbol?” She must have been asked the question a thousand times. Her answer would vary. Instinctively, she embraced it. She held great pride in her fame and was not ashamed to be desirable. She worked hard to create the image. On the other hand, she did not think a woman should use her power over men.
She said it’s fun to seduce and to be seduced, but only playfully. Thinking back to how Jayne Mansfield held her front end over the table, Loren would not accept using it like that.