At the top of Sophia’s greatest achievements is the birth of her sons, a major challenge as she was forced to bed rest for the entirety of both pregnancies. It was a sacrifice she took on wholeheartedly. Motherhood was her greatest role, more important even than her friend Oscar.
After marrying Carlo in 1966, they welcomed Carlo Ponti Jr. in 1968. Edoardo Ponti arrived in 1973. Sophia would have had babies earlier, but she suffered two traumatic miscarriages before Carlo Jr. was born. It was a heart-wrenching experience made worse by a doctor who said she would never carry a child to term.
Achievement of a Lifetime
The Academy honored Sophia Loren with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1991 Oscars ceremony. She made an astounding 93 films in her career. In her acceptance speech, she intoned that had she attended previously, she would have been alone. Neither Cary Grant nor Ponti could be at her side.
The iconic actress was honored once more for a lifetime of greatness in 2019. She collected the European Cultural Taurus Award at the Vienna State Opera in a dazzling gown at 85. It was presented to her by her son Carlo.
Sophia’s name was cleared at last. It was in 1974, that she was convicted of tax evasion. Specifically, she was charged with failure to file. This, she said, was her accountant’s responsibility, and she blamed him for the charges against her. The accounting discrepancy caused the Hollywood star to be banned from Italy for years until she agreed to serve the time.
Her lawyer pursued appeals for decades. Finally, 40 years later, the charge was dropped. She said it was a miracle, according to her attorney.
Carlo Ponti Jr.
Sophia’s eldest son took after her mother with a love of the piano. He grew up loving music and graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He became a conductor and has led symphonies around the world. Carlo founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra and serves as its artistic and music director.
He was born and raised in Switzerland but now he calls Los Angeles home. He and his wife married in 2004 and have two children.
Eduardo is Sophia’s youngest son. He followed in his mother’s footsteps and found a career he loves in Hollywood. He is a writer and director and sometimes an actor. He’s known for the films “The Nightshift” and “Between Strangers.” Eduardo produced a documentary about his mother’s life called, “Sophia Loren on A Special Day.”
He also directed his mother’s 2020 movie, “The Life Ahead,” which premiered on Netflix. He has two children with his actress wife Sasha Alexander, known for “NCIS.”