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Sohpia Loren's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 04:10 PM

Sophia Loren was born into poverty, but the Italian actress would become one of the most critically acclaimed of her time, winning dozens of awards, including some that broke new ground into ideas of what a foreign film actress could achieve.

Loren became known as a talented actress, but her reputation as one of the era's most beautiful women also contributed to her legacy. Here is a look at Sophia Loren's awards.

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1. Golden Globe Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress — Musical/Comedy, "It Started in Naples" (1960)

One of Loren's first major award nominations recognized her work in "It Started in Naples," in which she co-starred with Clark Gable. Gable portrayed a Philadelphia lawyer who travels to Naples after his brother dies. On Italian soil, he encounters Loren, who plays a hard-living nightclub performer. Gable initially resists Loren, but soon falls prey to her seductive charms.

Despite Loren's sound performance and award nomination, some critics called the movie "forgettable," believing her sultry on-camera presence out-staged that of Gable, who was at the time 57 and close to ending his career, according to Vanity Fair.

2. Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Two Women" (1960)

This award broke new ground for Loren and the film industry. The Oscar was the first ever given to an actor for a foreign film, according to Vanity Fair. Loren's role in "Two Women" established her as a serious actress, one who was beautiful and seductive, but also capable of capturing audiences' hearts, according to "Vanity Fair."

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Most of Loren's earlier films tended toward the light-hearted, and "Two Women" allowed her to explore gravitas on screen. The World War II-era movie also forced the now-famous actress recall her roots, growing up in poverty while Europe fended off Hitler, according to Vanity Fair.

3. Academy Award, Honorary Award, Lifetime Achievement (1991)

Loren's consistently strong performances earned her this recognition at one of the industry's most prestigious awards ceremonies. She was honored "for a career rich with memorable performances that has added permanent luster to our art form," according to the Internet Movie Database.

4. Academy Awards Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Marriage Italian Style" (1964)

This role scored Loren two award nominations; she was also up for a Golden Globe award, although she won neither. The movie captures the tumultuous relationship of Loren's character Filomena and the charmingly successful Domenico.

The New York Times film reviewer Bosley Crowther calls Loren "delightfully eccentric, flashy and formidable, yet stiff in her middle-class rigidity and often poignant in her real anxieties."

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