Sofia Constanza Brigida Villani Scicolone was born 20 September. This Italian film actress is also known as Sophia Loren. She started her film career in 1950 after entering a beauty pageant and encourage to take up acting lessons.

Let’s celebrate her birthday by remembering some of her best movies, shall we?

Two women

This Italian film directed by Vittorio de Sicca tells the story of a woman who tries to protect her daughter from the horrors of war. Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Leonora Brown are the leading role. The Itlian title of the movie is La Ciociara and it was released on 1960. Sophia won the Academy Award for Best Actress, being the first time an acting Oscar was given for a non-English speaking performance. She was so nervous that she did not attend the ceremony and Greer Garson accepted the award on her behalf.

El Cid

One year later, Sophis took part in this epic historical drama that depicts the life of El Cid, the Castillian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. He fought the Almoravides in the 11th century. Charlton Heston played El Cid and Sophia Loren his wife Doña Ximena. Samuel Bronston produced the movie directed by Anthony Mann.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Vittorio de Sica and Sophia Loren worked together again in this comedy film. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are the leading roles of the three short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for this movie released in 1963.

Marriage Italian style

Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi, Tecla Scarano and Marilu Tolo stars the movie directed by Vittorio de Sica. Mastroianni plays a succesfull businessman who meet a naïve girl in a brothel. Sophia Loren was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1964.

Sunflower

Sophia Loren, Mastroianni and De Sica together in one of the best Italian dramas ever. Filmed in the USSR tells the story of a couple who get married to delay his deployment during World War. The plan did not go well and he was sent to the Russian front. Giovanna, Loren is convinced her true love has survived the war and she head off to the Soviet Union to find him.

What is your favourite movie? Are you missing any other film?