CHRONICLES
1965


"I am shy. I have always been shy. Nowadays I am terribly afraid of the public." –  Sophia Loren



Palace of Congresses
Moscow
Photo: Yuri Shalamoff
20/07/65


Operation Crossbow
UK poster


Operation Crossbow
  London Premiere
19/05/65


Arabesque
Crumlin, Wales
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/65



Heathrow Airport (London)
To shoot Lady L
09/03/65


Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Nice)
during the shooting of Lady L
Photo: Jacques Gomot
25/02/65


Bolero Film (Italy)
Cover: Chiara Samugheo
19/09/65


Buying Kent cigarettes
London
31/03/65


Harper's Bazaar (USA)
Cover: Richard Avedon
12/65


Alexander Korda Award
London
25/11/65


Matrimonio all'italiana
Belgian poster


Oscar for Ustinov
Paris
09/05/65


Arabesque
Dior collection
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
04/65


Arabesque
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
06/65


Heathrow Airport
London

07/09/65


Dr. Zhivago premiere / Ponti
New York City

Photo: Ron Galella
22/12/65
FILMS AND FILMING

Lady L

England, France, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, December 1964 - April 1965

Arabesque
UK, May - July


FILM PROJECTS

After the Fall
Movie version of Arthur Hiller's After the Fall starring Paul Newman and Sophia in the Marilyn Monroe part is announced by MGM with shooting starting in October.

MOVIE PREMIERES

USA
Operation Crossbow
New York City (Radio City Music Hall), April 1

ITALY
Operation Crossbow
October
(Operazione Crossbow)
Lady L
December (Lady L)

WEST GERMANY
Matrimonio all'italiana
March 4 (Hochzeit auf italienisch)
Operation Crossbow
September 2 (Geheimaktion Crossbow)
Lady L
December 17 (Lady L)

FRANCE
Operation Crossbow
Paris, September 1 (Opération Crossbow)
Lady L
Paris, December 22 (Lady L)

USRR
Matrimonio all'italiana
Moscow (Moscow Film Festival), July 20

UNITED KINGDOM
Operation Crossbow
London (Empire), May 19
Lady L
London (Empire), November 25

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Golden Globe Awards (USA)
Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite, Los Angeles, February 8
Accepted by Marcello Mastroianni on behalf of Sophia

Bravo Otto
(West Germany)

Silver Award for second most popular actress, March

Train Named Sophia (Chile)
FF.CC del Estado, Chile's state train company, names one of its most modern electric train Sofia Loren, May

Bambi Award (West Germany)
Most Popular Actress, Deutsches Museum, Munich, May

Moscow Film Festival (USSR)
Best Actress Award, Matrimonio all'italiana, Moscow, July

David di Donatello (Italy)
Best Actress Award in Matrimonio all'italiana
Teatro Greco, Taormina, July 31
Mastroianni and Ponti also receive a David for Best Actor and Best Producer


Alexander Korda Star award (UK)
Given at the premiere of Lady L in London, November 26

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

ENDORSEMENTS

Lux

PUBLIC APPEARANCES


Musée Grévin - January 28
Sophia is in Paris to unveil her life-size wax figure at Musée Grévin.

Academy Awards - April 5
  Sophia attends the Oscar Ceremony at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium where she accepts on Peter Ustinov's behalf his award for supporting role in Topkapi.

Maiden Journey on the SS Michelangelo - May 12
  Sophia and Carlo are among the 1,800 passengers to board the SS Michelangelo on its maiden trip to New York City. Scheduled to board in Naples they change their plans at the last minute and Sophia is replaced by new Italian movie star Virna Lisi.

Operation Crossbow Premiere
- May 19
  Sophia and Carlo arrive in London from New York City on May 19 in order to attend the premiere of Operation Crossbow at the Empire on Leicester Square.

Sisters of Nazareth - June
  While filming Arabesque in London Sophia visits the Sisters of Nazareth at the Nazareth House in Isleworth after being invited by two nuns who saw her filming a location scene in the neighborhood.

Trip to Moscow
- July 18-21
Sophia and Carlo fly to Moscow to attend the fourth Moscow Film Festival where Matrimonio all'italiana is presented at the Palace of the Congresses in the Kremlin. The trip includes a reception at the Italian embassy and the visit of several Russian attractions, including the the Red Square, the Church of St. Nicholas in Khamovniki, the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery and the Kremlin. She wins the Best Actress award at closing ceremonies on July 20. Artist-photographer Valerii Gende-Rote follows Sophia during all her stay in Moscow and his remarkable prints are a celebration to the beauty of the 30-year old Loren.
See Gende-Rote website (Russian)

David di Donatello - July 31
Sophia is on hand at the Teatro Greco in Taormina to receive two David statuettes for Best Actress, one for Ieri, oggi, domani (won in 1964) and the other for Matrimonio all'italiana.


A Countess from Hong Kong Press Conference - November 1
Sophia is at the Savoy Hotel in London with Charlie Chaplin to announce the making of their new movie, A Countess from Hong Kong. Sophia is quoted as saying, "And I'm scared to death - like a schoolgirl on her first day at school - about the idea of working with Mr. Chaplin. After all, he practically invented this business."

A Star from Ustinov - November 25
Sophia receives at the premiere of Lady L in London the Alexander Korda Star from Peter Ustinov after being named The International Star of the Year by the British Film Academy.

Dr. Zhivago Premiere - December 22
After flying to New York on the 20th, Sophia and Carlo attend the premiere of Doctor Zhivago, produced by the latter, at the Capitol Theater. Sophia, dressed in a white mink cape by Nico Terzis for Maximilian and a low-cut white dress by Dior, is actually the star of the evening even though she does not appear in the movie. A party tagged the Pink Champaign Ball follows at the Americana Hotel.

MAGAZINE COVERS

Italy
 
Bolero Film, Cronaca, Domenica del Corriere, Il Dramma, Epoca, L'Europeo, Gente, Incom, Luna Park, Settimana TV, Sogno, Sorrisi e Canzoni TV, Stop, Vita
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West Germany
Bild und Funk, Bunte Illustrierte, Constanze, Film und Frau, Filmblätter, Film-Echo, Filmspiegel, Frau im Spiegel, Freundin, Neue Illustrierte, Photo Illustrierte, Sie+er, Sonne, Stern
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France

France Dimanche, Ici Paris, Marie-Claire, Vedettes Incognito



Spain

Car, Diez Minutos, Fotogramas, Garbo, Lecturas, Lolita, Otro Cine, Semana, Triunfo
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UK
Everywoman, Girls, Showtime, Titbits, Vogue, Weekend Telegraph, Woman's Journal
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USA

Harper's Bazaar, Life, Life en Español, Movieland, Pageant, Parade
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LATIN AMERICA

Cine Avance Internacional, Cine Novelas, Ecran, Mi Vida, La Noticia, Revista de América, Vanidades Continental

EDITOR'S NOTES

Sophia's Films Banned in Arab Countries - January 16
The Arab Boycott office in Cairo is blacklisting Sophia in all Arab countries after she defied warnings against her participation in the film Judith, shot in Israel. They claim the film "misrepresented historical facts to serve international Zionism".


Dinner in Vevey - January
Sophia is invited by Charlie Chaplin to have dinner at his house, near Montreux, Switzerland, while some of the Lady L scenes are being filmed at the Montreux Palace. Newspapers soon announce that Sophia, following her encounter in Vevey with Chaplin, has accepted to play in A Countess from Hong Kong.


The French Solution
- January 21

Sophia and Carlo become French citizens after Prime Minister Georges Pompidou personally signs the papers and is immediately disparaged by the leadership of the Left for buckling under the couple's wealth and fame.

Villa Marino
Sophia and Carlo finally move in their marvelous villa in Marino, south of Rome. "... a house is like a person", says Sophia, "you must be together for a while to be comfortable".


Vatican
The Vatican’s Santa Fede newspaper publishes an article stating that actors, producers, directors and scriptwriters could be excommunicated as a punishment for grave and scandalous deeds. The film Ieri, oggi, domani is on the list.

Best Actress Nominations
Sophia is nominated for Best Actress Award for her performance in Matrimonio all'italiana at the Golden Globe (February 8) and the Academy Awards (April 5).  Julie Andrews wins both awards for her role in Mary Poppins.

From the Lady L Set - March 3
Sophia is under a doctor's order to remain in bed, while shooting Lady L in Nice, after she comes down with the influenza. While in Nice filming at Victorine Studio, Sophia is also doing the French dubbing of her new film Matrimonio all'italiana.

Italian Court Orders Sophia and Carlo to Trial - April 21
Sophia and Carlo are ordered to stand trial in a Rome court on July 6 on bigamy charges. They had originally been charged in June 1962 but no date had been set. They are liable to prison charges of up to five years if convicted.

Holidays in Jamaica - April 22
 
Sophia Loren and Carlo leave Rome en route to a holiday in Jamaica one day after they learn they are to stand trial in a Rome court later on during the year. They decline comment on the announcement. They visit writer Noel Coward at his famous house, Firefly. Queen Mother and Martin Luther King Jr. both visited Coward during 1965.

Ponti's Wife Is Granted French Citizenship - July 4
Carlo Ponti's first wife, Giuliana Fiastri, becomes French citizen, which now allows Ponti to get legally divorced in France and remarry later.

Italian Court Hearings - July 6
The court meets for only 15 minutes and sets October 21 for the next hearing. Both Carlo and Sophia are absent as Sophia is getting ready to go to the Moscow Film Festival after completion of the movie Arabesque.

Autobiography - August
Sophia is writing her autobiography which does not go into book form but is rather published in several instalments by several magazines throughout the world.


Ponti Is Granted Divorce - December 21
Ponti's former wife is granted a divorce a few days before Christmas by a French judge on adultery grounds. Now that Ponti is no longer married and that Sophia is still officially a spinster - in France but not in Italy - they can complete the French Solution plan and get married soon.

Third Highest Income in Rome
Sophia's income ranks third in Rome at $ 580,000 according to income tax estimates published at the end of December in Italy.


Lady L
Photo: Larry Ellis
03/65


Sheremetyevo Airport
Moscow

Photo: Gende-Rote
18/07/65


 
Arabesque / Ponti

Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/65


A Countess from Hong Kong
London Press Conference
Photo: George Freston
04/11/65


Ljuba Bodin
Sophia's double


Heathrow airport
London
Photo: Michael Stroud
24/11/65


Bambi Awards
Munich
Photo: Heinz Koster
09/05/65


Dr. Zhivago premiere
New York City

Photo: Ron Gallela
22/12/65


Dr. Zhivago premiere / Ponti
New York City

Photo: Irv Steinberg
22/12/65


Marie-Claire (France)
Cover: Willy Rizzo
01/02/65


Paul Rosenberg Gallery
New York City
Photo: Walter Daran
21/12/65

Heathrow Airport (London)
Photo: Michael Stroud
17/05/65


Musée Grévin
Paris

28/01/65


Noel Coward at Firefly
Jamaica

04/65


Photo session
Photo: Richard Avedon
08/65


Arabesque
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/65


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