Anthony (Chihuahua, Mex.,
- Boston, MA, 2001)
1917 - Rome, 2008)
RIVOLTA, Nella (Milan,
1922 - Rome, 2015)
1930 - Innbruck, Austria, 2014)
Sophia's younger sister, born without a name, she married jazz pianist and ex dictator Benito Mussolini's son Romano Mussolini in 1962. They had two daughters, Alessandra (1962) and Elisabetta (1967). She remarried to Magid Tamiz, an Iranian heart surgeon, in 1977. She published in 2004 an autobiography called "La mia casa è piena di specchi". The two sisters have always been very close and Maria was present on the set of many films starring Sophia.
SCICOLONE, Riccardo (Rome, 1907 - Rome, 1976)
Sophia and Maria's natural father. He always refused to marry Romilda and did not want to recognize her daughter Maria until Sophia paid him one million lire in 1955 to have her sister's name legalized. He married twice, first with Nella Rivolta in the late 1930's with whom he had two sons and then early in the 1970s with German-born fashion model Carola Hack. Sophia, Maria and Romilda are present at Scicolone's bedside when he passes away. "I hated my father all my life but in his final days I forgave him for all the suffering he caused us. As you grow older, marry, na have children of you own, you learn and forget. I do not forget easily, but I do forgive."
SCOLA, Ettore (Trevico, 1931 - Rome, 2016)
One of Italy's most respected directors, he reached his peak with Una giornata paricolare, a close confrontation between a man an a woman, featured in Loren and Mastroianni both cast against type. He appears in the documentary Cercando Sofia released in 2004. Sophia is still grateful to him for one of her favorite roles she's ever had in a movie. "A true artist. He gave me one of the most beautiful characters in all my career."
SECCHIAROLI, Tazio (Rome, 1925 - Rome, 1998)
Italian photographer and first paparazzo. He became Sophia's personal photographer in 1964 on the set of Matrimonio all'italiana as he was Mastroianni's personal photographer. For years he was the only photographer allowed to take private pictures of Sophia. There was even a time when Sophia would not sign a contract that didn`t provide for Secchiaroli and other members of her entourage to come with her. Several books featuring Sophia’s pictures have been published, namely The Greatest of the Paparazzi and Sophia Loren in 2003, published by his son. "Sophia always wants to see every picture that's taken of her. She even checks every contact and every print of the stills that are made on the set or on location." (Secchiaroli)
SELLERS, Peter (Southsea, 1925 - London, 1980)
British actor and photographer; not yet well known when he plays opposite Sophia in The Millionairess he totally falls for Sophia and will remain for the rest of his life. Part of his fanatic love can be seen in The Live and Death of Peter Sellers released in 2004 in which Sophia's role is played by Sonia Aquino. Sellers and Sophia recorded in 1960 several songs, including Goodness, Gracious Me, which hit the top four in the UK charts.
SHARIF, Omar (Alexandria, Egypt, 1932 - Cairo, Egypt, 2015)
American actor born in Egypt who played in The Fall of the Roman Empire and opposite Sophia in C'era una volta, They get along really well and the press spreads the rumour that they have an affair after he proclaims he is in love with Sophia during the shooting of their first movie together. In Sophia's opinion, he is one of the most charming men she has ever worked with. In the documentary Cercando Sofia he describes Sophia as "the most completely feminine woman you will ever meet".
SHAW, Sam (New York City, 1912 - 1999)
Independent on-set photographer who chronicled Sophia from 1956, when she was rehearsing for The Pride and the Passion, through the production of Matrimonio all'italiana in 1964.
NJ, 1915 - Los Angeles, CA, 1998)
1906 - Lerici, 1999)
1929 - Cetona, 2006)
(Rome, 1920 - Rome 2003)
STRASBERG, Anna (Caracas, Venezuela, 1939 - )
American actress, born in Venezuela as Ana Mizrahi. She became one of Sophia's best friends after she was introduced by her husband Lee Strasberg, head of the Actor's Studio, who played a part in The Cassandra Crossing. She appeared in two movies, The Fortunate Pilgrim and Aurora, in which her main role, besides her acting role, is to coach young Edoardo Ponti. Sophia cherishes Anna, whom she sometimes calls "my other sister" and she gave several lectures in the 1990's at the Lee Strasberg Institute branch in Los Angeles, founded by the Strasberg couple in 1969. Sophia stayed at her house after being released from a New York City hospital in August 1998. Anna is interviewed in the Biography documentary Sophia, Italian Style. She had two sons: Adam and David.
STREISAND, Barbra (New York City, 1942 - )
Considered one of the most commercially and critically successful entertainers in modern entertainment history, Streisand has had Sophia's admiration for a long time. They met for the first time in London in April 1966 while Streisand was performing in Funny Girl. Sophia would have told her, "If only I could sing like you", to which the singer replied, "If I was as beautiful as you, I wouldn't have to open my month." Streisand's son, Jason Gould, shares a December 29 birthday with Sophia's son Carlo, Jr. as well as a breech brith by caesarean section.