Legendary Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida dead at 95

Legendary Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida dead at 95
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Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has died at the age of 95, news agency ANSA reported, citing members of her family.

Her grandnephew, Italian Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida, tweeted news of her death, calling her “one of the brightest stars of Italian cinematography and culture”.

“Today #GinaLollobrigida has disappeared, one of the brightest stars of Italian cinematography and culture,” he tweeted in Italian. “Incomparable champion, icon of beauty and versatility, extraordinary woman and professional. She will continue to live on and inspire through his works.”

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RAI state media, an Italian free-to-air television channel, also reported her death.

Together with Sophia Loren, Lollobrigida came to symbolise the earthy sexuality of Italian actresses in the 1950s and 1960s.

After training as a painter and sculptor, Lollobrigida became a successful beauty queen and model, before making her first film appearance in 1946, with a small role in the swashbuckling adventure The Black Eagle.

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Gina Lollobrigida attends the "Lines Of Wellington" Premiere during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 4, 2012 in Venice, Italy.
Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida, seen here in 2012, has die away aged 95. (Getty)

By the early 1950s, she was a huge star in Europe. She made her English-language film debut in 1953, in John Huston’s Beat the Devilalongside Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones.

She was Esmerelda to Anthony Quinn’s Quasimodo in the 1956 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dameand the Queen of Sheba to Yul Brynner’s King Solomon in King Vidor’s 1959 Technicolor epic Solomon and Sheba.

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Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida stars in the 1956 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The actress pictured in the 1956 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (Allied Artists Pictures Corporation)
Gina Lollobrigida is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 01, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Lollobrigida was honoured with a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2018. (Getty)

When film roles began to dwindle in the 1970s, Lollobrigida made a new career for herself as a photojournalist. She occasionally appeared in film and on TV, most famously in a recurring role in US prime-time soap Falcon Crest in 1984.

Last year, she ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Italian Senate, telling newspaper Corriere della Sera before the country’s elections: “I was just tired of hearing politicians arguing with each other without ever getting to the point.”

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