“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.
Americans Fell in Love with Greece Because of Sophia
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 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.
An Air of Confidence
Loren has always held herself with confidence and charm. It’s a double feature that is disarming. She will say things like, “I think there are women who have a winning nature,” and finish it off by adding, “And I’m one of them.” She exudes graceful self-esteem. When an interviewer admitted he gasped at her beauty the first he time saw her, she smiled and reminded him she was a star.
That’s why she refused to have a nose job, she loved her beauty, all of it. If an interviewer compares her to others, she corrects him, saying she’s not like everybody, she is herself.
Loren in the Kitchen
Sophia had a wonderful relationship with food, especially Italian food. She adored pasta and credited spaghetti for making her beautiful and healthy. Saying, “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti” (not plastic surgery). She had such fond memories of making and eating Italian cuisine with her grandmother that she dedicated her second cookbook to her nonna’s memory.
Putting together two cookbooks, Loren was a trailblazer in the celebrity foodie craze. Her 1970s-era cookbook is a rare find and it’s now a collector’s item. It is called, “In the Kitchen with Love.” Speaking with Larry King, she divulged her favorite dish to prepare—eggplant parmigiana.