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Sophia Loren on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 04:35 PM

Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren is best known for long, successful movie career that made her an iconic figure in Hollywood that dates back to the 1950s, but she also has had a few memorable television roles as well.

Sophia Loren, "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story" (1980)


In "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story," the movie icon plays herself and her mother in this biopic about her life growing up to become a box office sensation. The 1980 movie was an adaptation of her 1979 best-selling autobiography, according to People magazine.

"Sophia Loren's portrayal of not only herself during adulthood, but also her mother makes this television biopic quite unusual, since no other major star (with the exception of Audie Murphy) ever has played herself in a dramatization of her own life story," wrote The New York Times about the movie.

"This film covers her life from childhood through international stardom, her marriage to Carlo Ponti following a romantic fling with Cary Grant, and the birth of her first child, and is tied together with actual clips from some of her movies," added The Times.

Marianna Miraldo "Courage" (1986)

Loren won praised for her portrayal as a New York City mother fighting to save her son from a live of drugs in the CBS movie "Courage" in 1986.

"Miss Loren can still command attention simply sitting still and letting the light play over those fabulous cheekbones," wrote John O'Connor of the New York Times in 1986. "But after some 30 years as a star, she clearly wants to keep on expanding her employment opportunities. She does just that very impressively in 'Courage' with a performance that is beautifully restrained and yet fiercely passionate."

Angela "Human Voice" (2013)


In April, her latest television movie, 2013's "Human Voice" aired to Turner Classic Movies as part of a tribute to the actress. It was the first time it had been seen by United States audiences, according to Deadline, for which Loren won the 2014 David Di Donatello Award for her performance.

"The movie, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti, has not been seen outside of the film festival circuit," wrote Deadline. "'Human Voice' tells the story of an older woman in her last telephone conversation with her lover, as he is leaving her to marry a younger woman. The film is based on Jean Cocteau's 1930 play, "La Voix Humaine."

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