Here's a look at the life of award-winning screen legend Sophia Loren.
Personal: Birth date: September 20, 1934
Birthplace: Rome, Italy (grew up in Pozzuoli, outside of Naples)
Birth name: Sofia Villani Scicolone
Father: Riccardo Scicolone
Mother: Romilda Villani
Marriages: Carlo Ponti (April 9, 1966-January 10, 2007, his death; September 17, 1957-September 3, 1962, annulled)
Children: Eduardo, 1973, Carlo Jr., 1968
Other Facts: Her parents never married.
At six, her chin was cut by shrapnel during a bombing in World War II.
Other screen names used before becoming Sophia Loren were Sofia Lazzaro and Sofia Scicolone.
Nominated for two Academy Awards with one win. She also received a lifetime achievement award in 1991.
Also won a Grammy Award.
An accomplished cook, she has written three cookbooks.
Timeline: 1949 - Enters the Queen of the Sea beauty contest and comes in second, winning a train ticket to Rome, where she begins modeling and acting in B-movies.
Early 1950s - Is the runner-up in a nightclub beauty contest for Miss Rome. Movie producer Carlo Ponti is one of the judges.
1951 - Makes her U.S. film debut as an uncredited extra, with no lines, in the film "Quo Vadis?"
Early 1950s - Adopts the last name Loren.
October 23, 1953 - "Aida" opens; it's her first major leading role.
1956 - Loren begins filming her first English-speaking leading role, "The Pride and the Passion." She learns her lines by using cue cards of English words written phonetically.