CHRONICLES
1967



"What a woman! She's not only beautiful; she is the perfect epitome of the highest ideal of womanhood." – Don Lurio


Christening of niece Elisabetta
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
04/67


She (UK)
Cover: Tazio Secchiaroli
05/67


Bambi Award
Geneva
02/67


ス クリーン
- Screen (Japan)
Cover: Tazio Secchiaroli
07/67


Viola, violino e viola d'amore
Teatro Sistina, Rome
Photo: Coluzzi
18/11/67


The Saturday Evening Post (USA) 21/10/67


C'era una volta
Safa Palatino Studios, Rome
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
01/67


Miscarriage
Rome

07/01/67


Alitalia Airlines
Publicity


Bunte Illustrierte (West Germany) 22/02/67


Questi fantasmi
Photo: Angelo Frontoni
06/67


With Love, Sophia / Mastroianni
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/67
FILMS AND FILMING

C'era una volta

Italy - March


Questi fantasmi
Italy, May - June


With Love... Sophia

Italy - August


FILM PROJECTS

Casino Royale
Sophia as well as Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand are cast to make a cameo appearance in the film but they don't.


MOVIE PREMIERES

ITALY
A Countess from Hong Kong
January 31 (La contessa di Hong Kong)
C'era una volta
Naples (Teatro San Carlo), October 19
Questi fantasmi
December 23

USA
A Countess from Hong Kong
New York City (Sutton), March 15
C'era una volta
New York City, November 1 (More Than a Miracle)

WEST GERMANY
A Countess from Hong Kong
February 10 (Die Gräfin von Hongkong)
C'era una volta
December 29 (Schöne Isabella)

FRANCE
A Countess from Hong Kong
Paris, January 13 (La comtesse de Hong Kong)

SPAIN
A Countess from Hong Kong
Madrid (Palafox), March 26 (La condesa de Hong Kong)

UNITED KINGDOM
A Countess from Hong Kong
London, January 5

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Bambi Award (West Germany)
Most Popular Foreign Actress, Munich, January 21

ENDORSEMENTS

American Cancer Society
Sophia lends her name, along with other famous entertainers, to the American Cancer Society in an advertising campaign that runs in magazines in April, May and June. Her ad reads: "Learn the seven warning signals of cancer. You'll be in good company." Sophia is photographed in her most plunged neckline gown.

Alitalia Airlines
Official hostess of the 1967-1968 "In-Season" hospitality program.
September 1967 - May 1968

Ahrens + Sieberz
German flower growers Ahrens + Sieberz name a luxuriant rose especially for Sophia as she appears in their 1967-1968 product catalog.

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

 
Countess from Hong Kong - January 31
Despite a recent miscarriage and her absence at the world premiere of the same film in London, Sophia does attend the Rome premiere of A Countess from Hong Kong before she flies to Switzerland the next day.

British Film Week
- September
Sophia attends with Carlo the opening of British Film Festival in Sorrento, on the Amalfi coast, near their villa in Ravello.

C'era una volta premieres
- October
Sophia attends the world premiere of C'era una volta at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.

Viola, violino e viola d'amore - November 18
Carlo and Sophia, made up as never before, attend the premiere of Garinei and Giovannini musical at Rome's Teatro Sistina. Carlo Ponti is producer and among the cast are the Kessler twins.

MAGAZINE COVERS

Italy
Novella 2000, Oggi, Sogno, Stop
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West Germany
Bunte Illustrierte, Filmblätter, Frau / Die Aktuelle Illustrierte, Das Neue Blatt, Das Neue Wochenend, Sie+er, Sonne, Stern
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France

Cahier du Cinéma, Cinémonde, Elle, Jours de France, Noir et Blanc, Pariscope



Spain

La Actualidad Española, Ama, Bolero Film, Cine en 7 Dias, Fraga, Garbo, Hola, Semana
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UK
Photoplay, She, Weekend
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USA

Coloroto Magazine, Coronet, McCall's, The Saturday Evening Post, Screen Stars, Screen Stories
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Latin America
Claudia, Ecran, Siete Días Ilustrados

TV SHOWS

With Love, Sophia (USA)
 
TV special, ABC network, October 25

EDITOR'S NOTES

A Countess from Hong Kong Premiere - January 5
Sophia announces in December 1966 that she will not be present at the premiere of her latest film because she is pregnant but also because she does not wish to risk running into her co-star Marlon Brando. They did not get along on the picture and rumor has it that when Brando was ill he said to a friend he was afraid "if I die, Sophia will show up at my funeral and get into all the photographs".

Another Miscarriage
- January 7

Sophia, pregnant, is rushed from her villa to the Paideia clinic in Rome on January 7 after suffering acute pain and haemorrhage. Surgery is performed by Dr. Pietro Marziale and a team of emergency personnel. Sophia has lost her baby again. She completes the soundtracks of C'era una volta in Rome and flies on February1st to Switzerland where she spends, at her Bürgenstock chalet, the entire month resting and fighting depression.

Sophia Wins Case against her Father - February 2
Sophia wins the suit filed by her father in December 1966 for having said to Italian and German magazines that her father had proved incapable of supporting his family. Milan judge G. Amati dismisses the defamation suit by Riccardo Scicolone on grounds all his daughter did was mention facts already "widely known to the general public".

Sophia to Adopt a Child - March 1
Italian weekly magazine Stop announces that it is rumored that Sophia may be planning to adopt or raise 18-month old Ernesto Carpasso whose parents were killed in a highway accident in Australia. Sophia denies the story right away.

Oscar Stolen - March 12
Upon her return from Bürgenstock Sophia realizes her Oscar statuette along with other mementos from her film career have been stolen at the Villa during her absence.

Sophia's Saviour - March
Sophia starts consulting Dr. Hubert de Watteville in Geneva in order to know what is wrong with her since she has never been able to have a baby.

Elisabetta Mussolini - April
Sophia attends the christening of her niece, Elisabetta, daughter of her sister Maria and Romano Mussolini who was born on February 4.

Proxy Marriage Ruled Invalid - April 27
Roman appeal court quashes bigamy proceedings against Sophia and Carlo after recognizing that their 1957 proxy marriage in Mexico was invalid. Since Italy now recognizes divorces obtained in other countries no bigamy charges are files in connection with their marriage in France in 1966.

Pope's Invitation Turned Down - May 5
Sophia and Carlo do not attend a private audience with Pope Paul VI. Other press and entertainment guests who also received an invitation were Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale who do show up.

Ponti-Loren vs. Gente
Sophia and Carlo sue Italian Gente weekly magazine after it publishes a forged exclusive interview entitled "I have lost my baby".

Questi fantasmi set
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
31/05/67


British Film Festival
Sorrento
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
09/67


With Love, Sophia
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/67


A Countess from Hong Kong
Italian poster


A Countess from Hong Kong
Rome

31/01/67

C'era una volta
Naples Premiere
20/10/67


American Cancer Society
Advertising
Photo: Richard Avedon


Questi fantasmi
Set Interview
06/67


C'era una volta
Italian poster


Fiumicino Airport (Rome)
From Paris on Easter weekend
24/03/67


Questi fantasmi
Photo: Angelo Frontoni
06/67


With Love, Sophia
Photo: Tazio Secchiaroli
08/67


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