My Life in Pictures Sophia Loren
updated 12/21/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/21/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST
" I don't believe in having work done, because then everybody looks the same," says Loren, whose bodacious turn in Boy on a Dolphin (top) and roles in films such as The Condemned of Altona (right, with Robert Wagner) made her a global sex symbol. Still, she says, "I should exercise more. Lose a couple of kilos."
"We were in France here, in Carlo's office in Paris. It was a very leisurely afternoon, playing together. One son [Carlo Jr., center and inset] is a conductor and does very well. He's a little bit like me: shy, keeps things inside, laughs, is funny. Edoardo [left] is like my sister: outgoing, sings very well and wants to be a director. And I love my grandchildren!"
"I was 9 years old here. while I was being photographed, instead of holding my hands [upright], I held them at [an angle] because a bomb exploded at that particular moment, 20 meters away, very close. It was during the War. My mother picked me up, and together we went to the recovery [bomb shelter]. My mother sold my dress because we needed the money."
"This was my first trip to New York. It was such a happy trip. I miss Carlo a lot. Sometimes I feel so lonely. It's not true that when time goes by, [pain] heals. It will be three years since he died. The first time I met Carlo, it was at a beauty contest. He had a wife, two children. I didn't think it would happen. Little by little I knew he was the right person for me."
"Marcello [Mastroianni] and I had chemistry; we didn't know why. But I was in love with my husband; he was in love with his wife"
"I was 25 when I did Two Women [Loren won an Oscar for playing a struggling single mother in WWII Italy]. The character was so powerful, I didn't need to think about it. Even though I was little during the War, I had lived it."
"I was very fond of Cary, but we were not made for each other. Leave my mother, my sister, to follow a man to another part of the world? I couldn't"
"It was a joy for me to be in [Nine], a type of film that I've never done before. It was really like a festa. Oh, yes, I enjoyed singing, but this was really hard physically and also mentally sometimes."
"I think this was about a week after Carlo Jr. was born. There were so many photographers that we could not give it exclusive to one. So the doctor said, 'We have a room where we operate, and there's a balcony all around. You can come in with the child and they can make pictures."
"One day I was making a picture at Paramount, and we were in the commissary. I was having lunch, and Elvis was having lunch nearby, and then he came to my table. He sat down, and there was a photographer. He came over and snapped these shots, that's all. It's the only time we met."