CHRONICLES

1961


"Sex appeal is 50 percent what you have, and 50 percent what people think you have." – Sophia Loren


Boccaccio 70
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
10/61
 
Lux Soaps
Swedish publicity


Hospital aftter injury
Madrid

Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
28/01/61


Romilda
Lugo di Romagna
Photo: Angelo Frontoni
10/61

La Ciociara Premiere
Cannes Film Festival
Photo: Edward Quinn
06/05/61


Fiumicino Airport
Rome
Photo: Elio Sorci
23/04/61


Nice Airport
En route to Cannes
Photo: Edward Quinn


La Ciociara
Belgian poster


Plaza de Toros
Aranjuez
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
09/61


Mundo Hispanico (Spain)
03/61


La monaca di Monza
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
03/61



Birthday celebration / Ponti
Grottaferrata
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
20/09/61


Harper's Bazaar (USA)
09/61


David di Donatello Awards
Taormina
30/07/61


El Cid
French poster


La Ciociara Publicity
Cannes Film Festival
05/61


Madame Sans-Gêne
Tirrenia
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt
07/61



Madame Sans-Gêne
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
08/61


 
Orly Airport / Carlo (Paris)
Dubbing of La Ciociara
28/04/61

FILMS AND FILMING
 

El Cid

Spain, November 1960 - April 1961
 
Madame Sans-Gêne
Italy, Spain, June - August

Boccaccio 70 - La riffa
Italy, September - November

Five Miles to Midnight
France, December 11, 1961 - February 1962

The World of Sophia Loren
France, Italy, December 1961 - February 1962



FILM PROJECTS

Shocking
A Carlo Ponti's film project with Columbia Pictures scheduled to to be shot during the summer in the UK with David Niven as co-star.


La monaca di Monza
The film about the scandal of the Lady of Monza, directed by Luchino Visconti, begins but Sophia changes her mind and decides to withdraw.

Moll Flanders
Project film based on Daniel Defoe classic.

Cleopatra
One of the stars seriously considered as a likely candidate to play the beautiful and ambitious Cleopatra until Elizabeth Taylor is hired for the role.


MOVIE PREMIERES


USA
The Millionairess
  New York City paramount February 9
La Ciociara
New York City sutton May 8 (Two Women)
Carosello napoletano
New York Cit carnegie hall October 11
El Cid
New York City
warner arner Theater), December 14

ITALY
It Started in Naples
  February (La baia di Napoli)
The Millionairess
  March (La miliardaria)
Heller in Pink Tights
 
September (Il diavolo in calzoncini rosa)
El Cid
  December 21 (El Cid)

Madame Sans-Gêne
  December 22 (Madame Sans-Gene)

WEST GERMANY
It Started in Naples
  February 24 (Es begann in Neapel)
La Ciociara
  October 26 (Und dennoch leben sie)
Il segno di Venere
November 3, 1961 (Im Zeichen der Venus)

FRANCE
It Started in Naples
Paris, February 10 (C'est arrivé à Naples)
La Ciociara
Cannes, May 6 (La ciociara)

A Breath of Scandal
Paris, June 2 (Un scandale à la cour)

El Cid
Paris, December 13 (Le Cid)

UNITED KINGDOM
El Cid
London, December 5

SPAIN
It Started in Naples
Madrid, April 17 (Capri)
Heller in Pink Tights
Madrid avenida June 2 (El pistolero de Cheyenne)
A Breath of Scandal
Madrid real & la torre September 25 (Escándalo en la corte)
El Cid
  Madrid
capitol December 27 (El Cid)


AWARDS & ACCOLADES


Bambi Award (West Germany)
Most Popular Foreign Actress, Karlsruhe, April 23

Cannes Film Festival (France)
Palme d'Or for Best Actress in La Ciociara, May 18


Sole d'Oro (Italy)
Golden Sun award for Best actress, Palazzo Reale, Naples, June


David di Donatello (Italy)
Best actress in La Ciociara, Teatro Greco, Taormina - July 30

Golden Trident (Italy)
First movie actress "to face the risks and discomforts
of taking her art under water"
3rd International Underwater Convention, Ustica, August

Cork Festival (Ireland)
Waterford Glass Trophy, Best Actress in La Ciociara, October 4

Ten Best Coiffured Women (USA)
Selected by Helen Curtis Guild of Professional Beauticians, December 31


ENDORSEMENTS


Lux

Ferraniacolor

MAGAZINE COVERS


Italy
Bolero Film, Cine Foto Romanzo, Cronaca, Epoca, L'Europeo, Gente, Mascotte, Novella, Oggi, Le Ore, Rotosei, Settimo Giorno, Sorrisi e Canzoni TV, Successo, Teletutto, Tempo, Vie Nuove, Visto, Le Vostre Novelle
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West Germany
Bild und Funk, Bravo, Bunte Illustrierte, Film-Echo, Der Film Kreis, Film Revue, Frau im Spiegel, Kristall, Neue Illustrierte, Quick, Revue, Stern
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France

Les Annales, Cinéma 61, Cinémonde, Elle, Le Film Illustré, Le Hérisson, Jours de France, Nous Deux Film



Spain

Blanco y Negro, Fotogramas, Gaceta Ilustrada, Lecturas, Mundo Híspanico, Ondas, Triunfo, Vea y Lea, Vida Mundial
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UK
Parade, Today
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USA

Film Quarterly, Films in Review, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Life en Español, Top Secret, Vogue
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LATIN AMERICA
Alterosa, Clarín, Confidencias, Ecran, La Familia, México al Día, Mundo Uruguayo, Paquita, Radiofilm, Revista de América


PUBLIC APPEARANCES


Bambi Awards - April 23
Sophia flies to Frankfurt from where she goes to Karlsruhe, West Germany, to receive the Most Popular Foreign Actress Actress at the annual ceremony held at the Schwarzwaldhalle.

Cannes Film Festival - May
Sophia attends the famous French festival for the fourth time where La Ciociara is in competition. Security at the Festival has never been so big with about 1,000 policemen as Sophia arrives at the Festival. Her appearance at the screening of the movie on May 6, in a white Dior dress, satin rose in her hair and dazzling diamond necklace, makes a startling contrast to the dirty, ragged Sophia that the audience saw in the film. She is terrorized as she enters the Palais des Festivals while the crowd is pushing and shoving to get closer to the star. This year's edition also has Gina Lollobrigida on hand while new Italian star Claudia Cardinale, with two of her films presented, is the Festival's rising star. Sophia wins Best Actress award on May 18. Festival dates: May 3 through May 18.
Watch the video

Trip to New York - May
  Sophia and Carlo fly to New York on May 25 to celebrate the success of La Ciociara which premiered in the Big Apple on May 8.  She defends America's First Lady's hemline against her former designer Emilio Schuberth who said earlier her skirts are too short. "Mrs. Kennedy has marvelous legs", says Sophia. "Why not show them?" Sophia is also in town, staying at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, to do the English dubbing for La Ciociara at the Titra Sound Studio.

Horse Race in Sienna - July 2
Sophia is among the crowd at famous Palio horse race held every year in Sienna.

David di Donatello - July 30
Sophia is on hand to receive her first David di Donatello award at the Teatro Greco in Taormina. for her role in La Ciociara. Charlton Heston, with whom Sophia will play in El Cid later on during the year, receives Best Foreign Actor award for Ben Hur.

Bullfighting in Aranjuez - September 5
While in Spain for the making of Madame Sans-Gêne Sophia takes a break and goes to another bullfight at the historical plaza bicentanaria in Aranjuez during the September celebrations called "festejos taurinos".

La Ciociara in Los Angeles
- November 12

  Sophia and Carlo fly to Los Angeles and attend the Hollywood premiere of La Ciociara followed by a lavish party given by Joe Levine. They fly back to Rome on the 20th after a short stopover in New York City and Sophia returns to the set of Boccaccio '70 a few more days before flying to Paris for her new movie opposite Anthony Perkins..

A Night at the Lido - December 6
Looking very much like the temptress she plays in the movies, Sophia and her escort attend a gala for the opening of the new Paris show "Pour Vous" at the Lido club.

Sophia as Santa Claus - December 23
Santa Claus gets an assist from Sophia Loren in spreading the Christmas spirit during the distribution of Christmas packages to youngsters at the Adriano Theater in Rome.

TV SHOWS


Cinépanorama - May 6
Interview uest appearance

The Ed Sullivan Show
- May 28
Guest appearance on famous TV show hosted by Ed Sullivan.

What's My Line - May 28
Mystery guest on American CBS network show with panellist Bennett Cerf and Johnny Carson.

The New Steve Allen Show - November 29
Guest on American ABC TV talk-show hosted by Steve Allen.


SONGS & LP'S


Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
The Peter and Sophia LP recorded with Sellers goes gold in January with more than 250,000 copies sold in the UK.


EDITOR'S NOTES


Broken Shoulder
in Madrid - January 27
Sophia falls on the stairs in her Madrid apartment as she is running to answer the phone, breaking her left shoulder blade. Attending doctors at the British-American hospital in Madrid say she will have to wear a cast for three or four weeks. She flies to Rome three days later where her doctor, Ugo Cardone, orders a two-week rest.


Holidays in Bürgenstock - March
Holidays with Carlo at their chalet in Bürgenstock.

Claudia Cardinale - May
Rising star Claudia Cardinale is now Sophia's new Italian maggiorata as French and Italian newspapers expose their rivalry following her appearance at the Cannes Festival.

Home Sweet Home - June
Holidays on the Amalfi coast near Ischia and a visit in home town Pozzuoli with her family, a few days before the shooting of Madame Sans-Gêne.

27th Birthday - September 20
Carlo takes Sophia to Villa Fiorio Hotel's restaurant in Grottaferrata to celebrate her 27th birthday. In her birthday cake there is an enormous sapphire ring he has hidden. 

Meeting with Raquele Mussolini - October
Sophia goes to Forli, near Bologna, and meets her sister's mother-in-law-to-be, Rachele Mussolini, seventy-five-year-old widow of Il Duce. Wedding bells are not so far away.

Arrival in Paris - November 24
 
Sophia flies with Carlo from Rome to Orly in order to shoot her first film in Paris. She stops at the salon of Guy Laroche, who designs her wardrobe for upcoming movie Five Miles to Midnight, hers to keep when the film is done.

Christian-Jacque Wedding - November 26
Sophia and Carlo attend in Paris the wedding celebration of Christian-Jacque who directed Sophia in Madame Sans-Gêne.

Mr. Blackwell' Worst Dressed
Sophia is ranked as second worst dressed woman on Blackwell's list published annually. "Sophia Loren, off the screen, is still the Italian shop girl she portrays in the movies. Someone should tell her that simplicity is not drabness."

Sophia Sues Bronston over El Cid - December 20
Sophia brings suit against her producer because she is not getting equal billing with co-star Charlton Heston on a giant 40 x15 outdoor sign at the Warner Theater in New York City where the film is presented.


La Napoule Gardens
Cannes Film Festival

Photo: Edward Quinn
09/05/61


El Cid / Heston
End-of-movie party

Photo: Elio Sorci
20/04/61


Bambi Awards
Karlsruhe

Photo: Heinz Koster
04/61

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Epoca (Italy)
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
08/10/61


Spring holidays
Bürgenstock
Photo: Pierluigi Praturlon
03/61


La Ciociara Premiere
Hollywood
12/11/61


The New Steve Allen Show
Photo: Bill Kobrin
29/11/61


Madame Sans-Gêne
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt
07/61


Lux Soaps
Swedish publicity

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Summer holidays
Amalfi Coast
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt
07/61


Madame Sans Gêne / Maria
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt
07/61


It Started in Naples
Spanish poster


Paris - New York Flight
En route to dub La Ciociara
25/05/61


Orly Airport (Paris)
Arrival to shoot Five Miles
24/11/61


Sole d'Oro Award
Naples
06/61


Pour Vous variety show
Lido, Paris

07/12/61


Elle (France)
30/06/61





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