Sophia Loren Cannes: At 79, Star Oozes True Hollywood Glamour at Festival

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:52 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Sophia Loren, Oscar-winner and one of the most celebrated actresses in the history of cinema, truly graced the red carpet Tuesday night at the Cannes Film Festival, giving the world a dose of classic Hollywood glamour at the age of 79.

Deadline Hollywood reported that Loren, who began visiting Cannes as a young actress in the 1950s, was there to celebrate a special screening of her new film, "La voce umana" ("The Human Voice"), Tuesday night and give a two-hour "Master Class" the following day.

Her son, Edoardo Ponti, filmed the 25-minute short, which is based on a Jean Cocteau play. Deadline said the nearly one-woman performance was "one of her meatiest and most emotional roles in years, a real reminder that once a star, always a star."

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At the festival, Loren claimed she was "still shy" about making public appearances, and said she was never considered beautiful by producers before her career took off.

"Beauty is not important," she told her audience, Independent Woman reported. "You have to be interesting, someone who is different to other people. Otherwise you just turn up and look beautiful, and there's nothing more to you. I have never been beautiful."

Loren said that she was asked to change her looks, but refused, and the cinematographers eventually learned to capture her properly.

"People thought my mouth was too big, they wanted me to make my nose shorter, to have straighter teeth . . . But things have got better and better thanks to photographers and others, who know how to portray my face better on the screen. I didn't change my face at all, they just got better at it," she said.

In 1954, she starred in "The Gold of Naples" directed by Vittorio De Sica, who believed in her unique glamor. She would go on to work with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Clark Gable, and Paul Newman.

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