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Los Angeles (USA)
Elstree Studio (England)
Filming dates: June through September
Sophia Loren (Romilda Villani / Sophia)
Armando Assante (Riccardo Scicolone)
Theresa Saldana (Maria Scicolone)
Ritza Brown (the young Sophia)
Rip Torn (Carlo Ponti)
John Gavin (Cary Grant)
Romilda Villani, now seventy-one, offered to serve as technical adviser, but Sophia banned her from the set. She did not like the way she was depicted in the movie."I hate it," she told a reporter-friend. "It's preposterous and quite wrong-at least the way Sophia portrays me. I was never a common woman, yet I am portrayed like an ignorant peasant. I was slim and classically beautiful and have the photographs to prove it. I was voted Garbo's lookalike in 1932, so how terrible could I have looked? Perhaps the writers didn't know any better, but Sophia did. I don't know how she could do this to her own mother."
is conspicuously absent from the collaboration, reportedly because
miffed over some of the interviews he gave after the publication of
Already outraged by Sophia's revelations in her book, Grant threatens to sue when he learns that he is going to be depicted. An out-of-court settlement is made in which Grant reportedly receives script approval of the scenes in which he is portrayed plus $250,000 for the right to use his name.The American broadcast marks the official launching of the "Sophia" perfume.
"I feel without underwear. I feel naked. My legs tremble," says Sophia Loren of her latest role. It is not a question of torrid nude scenes. Rather, as she observes, "it's a stranger sensation to play myself". Sophia is less flustered by her other part in Sophia, a TV movie based on A.E. Hotchner's 1979...
Claudia Wallis, Time (28 jul 1980)
"Sunday night's Big Event on NBC (Channel 4 at 8) follows three rules of larger-than-life drama: Sophia Loren, Sophia Loren and Sophia Loren.Entitled "Sophia Loren Her Own Story," with the same unpunctuated grandeur of the best-selling (auto) biography written (In Her Own Words) by A. E. Hotchner, this gloriously catalogued galivant upwards from poverty to cinematic omniprescence is going to set the Nielsen ratings on fire. The reason, literally, is..."
Washington Post, Oct 25
"In the film, I play my mother, beginning before I was born, her relationship to my father and then myself as an adult.
Playing my mother was one of the most difficult things I could do. ''When you play a role that's been written by someone else,
you can use your own tricks and get away with it. But I knew my mother would see the film and not let me get away with it.''
She says it was even worse to play herself. ''It was like looking in a mirror . . . I had to use every resource within me to give
the image of myself that was real, not simply the one I wanted the public to see.''