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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Hardcover: pages Published in USA by Atria Books November 4, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Difficult Early Life In the first 42 pages of this memoir of her life, Sophia Loren born Sofia Villani Scicolone recounts her arrival at the ward for unwed mothers at the Clinica Santa Margherita in Rome, the city where her mother Romilda had gone as part of an effort to pressure Sophia's father, Riccardo Scicolone, to make good on promises of marriage he would repeatedly fail to live up to, finally vanishing soon after Sophia's birth, leaving the mother and infant on their own in a rented room in a boarding house. Sophia would not actually see her father until the age of five, when the man would briefly appear because Sophia by then living with the nickname "Toothpick" on account of her thinness was reported as being quite ill, and he brought along a toy car as a gift to cheer her up. Sophia recounts in the pages of this autobiography of not being able to look her mysterious father in the face, but that to this day she still carries the toy car in her heart. Poverty and frequent bouts of near starvation and violence follow as turmoil spreads across Italy, particularly because of events of World War II. The war and instability of the country further impoverish Sophia's family where she and her mother Romilda live with her grandparents in Pozzuoli. The hardship and the desperation of being poor creates a resourcefulness and determination to survive and succeed that becomes the hallmark of her career through Italian photo-comic books "photoromanzi" where she gets her start as an actress in the photographed frames of simple romance stories , and then a career in Italian beauty pageants "I was always coming in second place" she recounts , and then finally Italian film production. Carlo Ponti Carlo Ponti appears on page 41, the man twenty years older he is 39 when they meet who takes one look at her at a Rome beauty pageant in and offers to give her a screen test at his production facilities where he had already produced films and worked with Gina Lollobrigida, among other Italian actresses.
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Loren was also a star at a time when mystique ruled supreme. Loren also became involved young with the film producer Carlo Ponti, whom she had difficulty marrying — first because he already had a wife, then because of the disapproval of the Catholic church. Their relationship spanned five decades, produced two sons, and the grandchildren to whom Loren dedicates the book. In a disturbing passage, Loren tells how, after she mentions Grant has sent her flowers, Ponti publicly slaps her across the face. Even accounting for different times, and their ensuing long marriage, this incident remains disquieting, and you wonder why Loren included it. Memo to Ms Loren — no one cares. There are times when this book comes across as a little stiff and formal.
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Thank you! The award-winning actress and international sex symbol tells her life story, from her childhood in Naples, Italy, to her rise to the top of the Hollywood A-list. She participated in beauty pageants in one, she earned a "Miss Eleganza" sash and became a popular model in Italian "photo-romance" novels before beginning her career as a movie actress. To modern ears, the charges Ponti's family later brought against the couple for "bigamy and concubinage" will seem archaic. Along with her blithe dismissal of inconvenient facts, Loren repeatedly describes herself as a shy woman of high moral character; as proof, she haughtily reveals the story behind the infamous photo of her staring at Jayne Mansfield's deep neckline at a Hollywood party in —Loren claims she was scandalized and "terrified" because "one of her breasts [was] in my plate. There was a problem adding your email address.