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Gina Lollobrigida: Italian Film Star Was

Gina Lollobrigida, the Nineteen Fifties Italian bombshell who starred in movies together with “Fanfan la Tulipe,” “Beat the Satan,” “Trapeze” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” has died. She was 95.

Based on Italian information company Lapresse, Lollobrigida died in a clinic in Rome. No reason for dying has been cited. In September she had had surgical procedure to restore a damaged thigh bone in a fall, however she recovered and competed for a Senate seat in Italy’s elections held final 12 months in September, although she didn’t win.

After resisting Howard Hughes’ provide to make films in Hollywood in 1950, Lollobrigida starred with Gerard Philipe within the 1952 French swashbuckler “Fanfan la Tulipe,” a fest winner and fashionable favourite.

Her first American film, shot in Italy, was John Huston’s 1953 movie noir spoof “Beat the Satan,” during which she starred with Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones. The identical 12 months she starred with Vittorio De Sica in Luigi Comencini’s “Bread, Love and Desires,” for which she received a BAFTA for finest actress in a international movie.

Lollobrigida starred in director Robert Z. Leonard’s Italian-language “The Most Stunning Lady within the World” (aka Stunning however Harmful”), for which she obtained one of the best actress award on the inaugural David di Donatello Awards in 1956.

That 12 months, she additionally starred in Carol Reed’s “Trapeze,” additionally starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and lensed in Paris. Additionally in 1956 she shot an Italian- and French-produced remake of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” during which Anthony Quinn performed Quasimodo however Lollobrigida, taking part in Esmerelda, was first billed.

Extra high-profile initiatives adopted, together with King Vidor’s “Solomon and Sheba,” with Yul Brynner, and WWII film “By no means So Few,” with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, each in 1959; in 1961 she starred with Rock Hudson within the comedy “Come September.” By this level she was recurrently shuttling between Italian, American and the occasional French manufacturing.

Gina Lollobrigida is honored with a star on The Hollywood Stroll Of Fame in 2018 in Los Angeles.
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In 1961 she received the Golden Globes’ Henrietta Award for world favourite movie—feminine. The actress received a David di Donatello Award in 1963 for her work within the Italo-French manufacturing “Imperial Venus.”

Lollobrigida starred with Sean Connery and Ralph Richardson in Basil Dearden’s 1964 English thriller “Lady of Straw,” however whereas she continued to make Italian movies, her worldwide star started to fade till a resurgence with the 1968 comedy “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, ” with Shelley Winters and Phil Silvers.

After an 11-year absence from screens massive or small, Lollobrigida took on a recurring function on CBS primetime sudser “Falcon Crest” as Francesca Gioberti in 1984 and guested on “The Love Boat” two years later.

Lollobrigida was included in a solid of high European stars together with Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Anouk Aimee and Fanny Ardant in Agnes Varda’s 1995 movie “Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinema.”

Luigina Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco, Italy. Modeling work in her youth let to take part in a collection of magnificence contests, and she or he positioned third within the Miss Italia pageant in 1947. She made her function movie debut the 12 months earlier than with a small function within the Italian-language “Return of the Black Eagle.”

Lollobrigida married a Slovenian physician, Mirko Skofic, in 1949; he gave up his observe de ella to function her supervisor de ella, however they had been divorced in 1971.

As her film profession light, Lollobrigida pursued different pursuits, together with photojournalism and sculpting; she additionally ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat within the European Parliament.

On the event of her go to to New York Metropolis in 2010, the New York Instances opened its story by gushing, “The Most Stunning Lady within the World walked into Harry Cipriani on Fifth Avenue in black boots and a riding-hood-red cloak, and for the one individual within the room anticipating her, it maybe was a trick of the creativeness, however it appeared as if the entire restaurant misplaced its practice of thought for a second.”

On the David di Donatello Awards, she received the Golden Medal of the Metropolis of Rome in 1986, a fortieth Anniversary David in 1996 and a fiftieth Anniversary David in 2006. She received the Berlinale Digicam on the Berlin Movie Pageant in 1986, a particular prize for excellent contribution to world cinema on the Karlovy Fluctuate Movie Pageant in 1995 and the profession award on the Rome Pageant in 2008.

In 2018, Lollobrigida was awarded a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.

She is survived by a son.

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