4 July 1927
Subiaco, Kingdom of Italy
|Occupation||Actress, photojournalist, sculptor|
|Spouse(s)||Mirko Skofic (1947–1971) (divorced)|
Gina Lollobrigida (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒiːna ˌlɔlloˈbriːdʒida]; born 4 July 1927) is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the most popular European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. She was also an iconic sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, she remains an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). In 2008, she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's Anniversary Gala.
Born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy, she was one of four daughters of a furniture manufacturer (her sisters are Giuliana (b.1924), Maria (b.1929) and Fernanda (1930-2011). She spent her youth in a picturesque mountain village. In her youth, Gina did some modelling, and from there she went to participate successfully in several beauty contests. At around this time, she began appearing in Italian language films. In 1945, she played a part in the comedy Santarellina by Eduardo Scarpetta at the Teatro della Concordia of Monte Castello di Vibio, the smallest theatre all'italiana in the world. In 1947, Gina entered the Miss Italia pageant and came in 3rd place. The contest was won by Lucia Bosé and second place was Gianna Maria Canale – they would both go on to be actresses, though neither would come near Lollobrigida's success.
In 1950 Howard Hughes invited Lollobrigida to make Hollywood films, but she refused, preferring to work in Europe. Despite this, her appearance in Italian films like Bread, Love and Dreams (for which she received a BAFTA nomination and won a Nastro d'Argento award) and Woman of Rome, and in French films like Fanfan la Tulipe and Beauties of the Night, brought her to the attention of Hollywood. She made her first American film, Beat the Devil, in 1953 with Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones, directed by John Huston.
In 1955 Lollobrigida appeared in The World's Most Beautiful Woman, for which she received the first David di Donatello for Best Actress award. She appeared in the circus drama Trapeze directed by Carol Reed with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in 1956 and starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame directed by Jean Delannoy with Anthony Quinn the same year. In 1959 she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Never So Few and with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba. The latter was notable for having Brynner replace Tyrone Power, who died during filming; for being the last film directed by King Vidor; and for an orgy scene unusual in Hollywood motion pictures of that era.
In 1961 she appeared in the romantic comedy Come September, with Rock Hudson, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin, for which she won a Golden Globe award. The same year she appeared alongside Ernest Borgnine and Anthony Franciosa in the drama Go Naked in the World. In 1962 she was directed again by Jean Delannoy in Venere Imperiale and received a Nastro d'Argento and a David di Donatello award. In 1964 she co-starred with Sean Connery in the thriller Woman of Straw. She co-starred with Rock Hudson again in 1965's Strange Bedfellows and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in 1966's Hotel Paradiso. In 1968 she starred in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, and Telly Savalas, the plot of which is the basis for the stage musical Mamma Mia! For this role she was nominated for a Golden Globe and won a third David di Donatello award. Lollobrigida co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas.
By the 1970s her film career had slowed down. She appeared in only a few poorly received productions in the early part of the decade. In the mid-1980s, she starred in the television series Falcon Crest as Francesca Gioberti, a role originally written for Sophia Loren, who turned it down. For that role she received a third Golden Globe nomination. She also had a supporting role in the 1985 TV mini series Deceptions, co-starring with Stefanie Powers. In 1986, she was the head of the jury at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, which awarded the Golden Bear to Reinhard Hauff's film Stammheim, although she distanced herself publicly from the decision, claiming the decision had been made for political reasons.
In the 1990s she made a few minor French film appearances and continued to visit international film festivals.
By the end of the 1970s she had embarked on what turned out to be a successful career as a photographic journalist. She photographed, among others, Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí, Henry Kissinger, David Cassidy, Audrey Hepburn, Ella Fitzgerald and the German national football team and scooped the world's press by obtaining an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro. In 1973 a collection of her work was published, Italia Mia.
Other interests 
In 1973 she was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival. She has focused on other interests such as sculpting and it was 1984 before she returned to American television screens with a part in Falcon Crest. She showed her sculptures in Italy, France, Spain, Russia, United States, Qatar, China. She was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies.
Political activism 
Personal life 
In August 1947 she married a Slovenian physician, Mirko Skofic. They had one child, Mirko Skofic, Jr., born in August 1948. Skofic gave up the practice of medicine to become her manager. They were divorced in 1971.
In October 2006, at age 79, she announced to Spain's ¡Hola! magazine her engagement to a 45-year-old Spanish businessman, Javier Rigau y Rafols, whom she met at a party in Monte Carlo in 1984 and who had since been her companion. The engagement was called off on 6 December 2006, reportedly as a result of pressure from the media. In January 2013, she started legal action against Javier Rigau y Rafols claiming that her ex-boyfriend, a Spanish businessman 34 years her junior, staged a secret ceremony in which he "married" an imposter pretending to be her at a registry office in Barcelona hoping to lay claim to her estate after her death. Miss Lollobrigida accuses Mr Rigau of fraud, saying that he was able to carry out the elaborate charade because he had in the past obtained the legal right to act on her behalf. "A while ago he convinced me to give him my power of attorney. He needed it for some legal affairs. But instead I fear that he took advantage of the fact that I don't understand Spanish... Who knows what he had me sign."
Now retired, Lollobrigida has not made a film since 1997. She told PARADE in April 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake...I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers."
She is of the Roman Catholic faith.
Lollobrigida has lived since 1949 at her home ranch and gardens in Sicily, Italy, which contains her personal museum, a house on Via Appia Antica in Rome and a villa in Monte Carlo. Lollobrigida denies all entry to her home, a practice that began in 2009 and continues to the present day.
Awards and nominations 
Lollobrigida has won 6 David di Donatello, 2 Nastro d'Argento, and 6 Bambi Awards; she was nominated three times for the Golden Globe and won one in 1961 as World Film Favourite - Female; she was nominated once for a Bafta.
Books by Gina Lollobrigida 
- Italia mia, 1973, a collection of photographs across Italy.
- Wonder of Innocence, 1994, a book of photographs.
- Sculptures, 2003.
|1946||Lucia di Lammermoor|
|1946||This Wine of Love|
|1946||Return of the Black Eagle|
|1947||When Love Calls|
|1947||Flesh Will Surrender|
|1947||Vendetta nel sole||young girl|
|1948||Mad About Opera||Dora|
|1949||Campane a martello||Agostina|
|1949||The Bride Can't Wait|
|1949||The White Line||Donata Sebastian|
|1950||A Dog's Life||Rita Buton|
|1950||Miss Italy||Lisetta Minneci|
|1950||Children of Chance|
|1951||A Tale of Five Cities||Maria Severini|
|1951||The Young Caruso|
|1951||Four Ways Out|
|1951||Love I Haven't... But... But|
|1952||Wife For a Night (Moglie per una notte)||Ottavia|
|1952||Times Gone By||Mariantonia Desiderio|
|1952||Fanfan la Tulipe||Adeline La Franchise|
|1952||Beauties of the Night||Leila, Cashier|
|1953||The Wayward Wife||Gemma Vagnuzzi|
|1953||Bread, Love and Dreams||Maria De Ritis||Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress
|1953||Le infedeli||Lulla Possenti|
|1953||Beat the Devil||Maria Dannreuther||First American movie|
|1954||Woman of Rome||Adriana|
|1954||Bread, Love and Jealousy||Maria De Ritis|
|1954||A Day in Court|
|1954||Le Grand Jeu||Sylvia Sorrego, Helena Ricci|
|1955||The World's Most Beautiful Woman||Lina Cavalieri||David di Donatello for Best Actress|
|1956||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Esmeralda|
|1958||Anna of Brooklyn||Anna|
|1959||Never So Few||Carla Vesari|
|1959||Solomon and Sheba||Queen of Sheba|
|1961||Go Naked in the World||Giulietta Cameron|
|1961||Come September||Lisa Helena Fellini||Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite – Female|
|1962||Lykke og krone (documentary)|
|1962||La bellezza di Ippolita||Ippolita|
|1963||Venere Imperiale||Paulette Bonaparte||David di Donatello for Best Actress
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress
|1964||Woman of Straw||Maria Marcello|
|1965||Me, Me, Me... and the Others||Titta|
|1965||Le Bambole (The Dolls)||Beatrice|
|1965||Strange Bedfellows||Toni Vincente|
|1966||The Sultans||Liza Bortoli|
|1966||Hotel Paradiso||Marcelle Cotte|
|1968||A Curious Way to Love||Anna|
|1968||The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell||Maria|
|1968||Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell||Carla Campbell||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
David di Donatello for Best Actress
|1969||That Splendid November||Cettina|
|1971||Bad Man's River||Alicia|
|1972||King, Queen, Knave||Martha Dreyer|
|1973||No encontre rosas para mi madre|
|1983||Wandering Stars (documentary)|
|1995||Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma||L'épouse médium du professeur Bébel|
|2011||Box office 3d||herself||(cameo appearance)|
|1972||Le avventure di Pinocchio||The Fairy with Turquoise Hair|
|1984||Falcon Crest||Francesca Gioberti||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film|
|1988||Woman of Rome||Adriana's mother||television remake|
|1996||Una donna in fuga|
- Storie, vicende e protagonisti / Stories, events and protagonists. History of the Teatro della Concordia on the theatre's official website, 2011.
- "36th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "People, Aug. 12, 1957". Time. 12 August 1957.
- Four ways out by Gina Lollobrigida
- Logan, Chris (2004). Celebrity Surgeon: Christiaan Barnard – A Life. Jonathan Ball Publishers. ISBN 1-86842-163-5.
- Lollobrigida to marry younger man, BBC News, 20 October 2006
- La Lollo's wedding called off, News 24, 7 December 2006
- Demarco, Anthony (2013-05-16). Forbes Magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2013/05/15/gina-lollobrigidas-jewels-sell-for-nearly-5m-includes-auction-record-for-natural-pearl-ear-pendants/
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- "Gina Lollobrigida". Food and Agriculture Organization. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
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