How old is Sophia Loren?
How old is Sophia Loren? She was born 20 September 1934. So, we’ll celebrate 82 Years of her beauty in 3 weeks!
Today we’ll present Eisenstaedt’s rare portraits of Sophia Loren which have been described as conveying mischievousness, dignity, and love on the part of both Loren and Alfred.
Alfred Eisenstaedt (December 6, 1898 – August 23, 1995) was a German-born American photojournalist and photographer. He is the one who took an exuberant American sailor kissing a nurse at V-J Day in Time Square.
He also photographed:
- The famous first meeting between Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Italy
- Joseph Goebbels at the League of Nations in Geneva in 1933
- Anthony Eden
- Winston Churchill
- Ernest Hemingway
- Even two years before his death, Eisenstaedt photographed President Bill Clinton with wife, Hillary, and daughter, Chelsea on Martha’s Vineyard
Alfred Eisenstaedt also took a lot of photos – many of which never ran in LIFE magazine – of the great Italian film star at the height of her fame and her allure.
Powerful, enduring relationships can sometimes develop between photographers and their subjects. Such was definitely the case with LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt and the luminous Italian film legend, Sophia Loren. Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. Over the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt took countless pictures of the Oscar-winning actress — most of which never made it into the pages of LIFE magazine (and many of which were never intended for the magazine).
Some Eisenstaedt’s finest Sophia Loren pictures, made at the very height of her international fame
Some of Sophia Loren Quotes
“Eisie must have shot thousands of pictures of me that no one ever saw,” Loren once told, fondly recalling her camera-toting “shadow.”
Eisenstaedt was known as “Eisie” to his close friends.
“When I met Eisie,” Loren recalled, “it was really love at first sight. He became my shadow. But he never tried to interfere in my life. No, he just kept on shooting and smiling, and was happy just to be with me — like I was to be with him! I miss him. He couldn’t do any wrong to me. I trusted him so much. He’s one of those who doesn’t grow on trees, as my friend Cary Grant used to say.”
Asked by LIFE magazine about the qualities Eisenstaedt (with Loren, at left, in 1961) was able to bring out in her that other photographers somehow missed, or just failed to elicit, Loren considered for a while, then said: “That I was a girl, joyful for her life, because she accepted anything that came with her work. Just being really, completely happy. Yes.”
Loren appeared on LIFE’s cover seven times through the 1950s and ’60s.
“At that point,” she said, “when LIFE magazine came out every week, it was something paramount for a career — the best thing that could happen to an actress. It was something unbelievable. Everybody talked about it — a story in LIFE magazine, with a cover.”
In the summer of 1964, Eisenstaedt visited Loren and her husband, Carlo Ponti, at the home Ponti had spent years restoring: an opulent, ancient, 50-room villa in Marino, Italy. Several of the pictures he made there are featured in this gallery. And although Loren loved the house — at the time of Eisenstaedt’s visit, she called living there “bliss” — it was sold around the time of Ponti’s death, in 2007.
“This is something I don’t like to live with — sad memories,” she confided. “Life gets very hard when you lose someone so important to you, and you don’t need to be surrounded by the memories all the time, which are so strong and hit you in the most unexpected moments. We had a great, great love. The more I go on without him, the more I miss him. It was a great feeling — it was great in life, and that was amazing in our work.”
Asked if she ever tires of fame, Sophia Lauren broke into a musical laugh.
“Are you kidding? I think it’s wonderful. Fans smile at me like I was a member of their own family. It’s a great feeling. In a sense, when I am at home I feel lonely because I miss my husband. But when I am outside, I have great big families around me all the time.”
Sophia Loren Today
Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images