The 1950s Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida, who appeared in movies including “Fanfan la Tulipe,” “Beat the Devil,” “Trapeze,” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” has passed away on 16 January 2023. 95 years old. Lollobrigida passed away in a Rome clinic, according to the Italian news organization Lapresse.
The reason for death is unidentified. She underwent surgery to mend a thigh bone damaged in a fall in September of last year, but she recovered and ran for a Senate seat in Italy’s elections, losing.
After declining Howard Hughes’ offer to produce films in Hollywood in 1950, Lollobrigida featured alongside Gerard Philipe in the popular and critically acclaimed French swashbuckler “Fanfan la Tulipe” in 1952.
She played with Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones in John Huston’s 1953 noir spoof “Beat the Devil,” filmed in Italy. She co-starred with Vittorio De Sica in “Bread, Love, and Dreams” by Luigi Comencini that same year, for which she received a BAFTA for best actress in a foreign film.
The Italian-language film “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” (also known as “Beautiful but Dangerous”), in which Lollobrigida appeared, won the best actress prize at the first David di Donatello Awards in 1956.
She also starred in Carol Reed’s “Trapeze” that same year, shot in France, and also starred Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. In 1956, she also filmed an Italian and French adaptation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” in which Lollobrigida played Esmerelda, and Anthony Quinn played Quasimodo.
She then worked on several high-profile films, such as King Vidor’s “Solomon and Sheba,” which starred Yul Brynner, and the WWII drama “Never So Few,” which starred Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and Steve McQueen. In 1961, she co-starred in the comedy “Come September” with Rock Hudson.
She had been alternating between Italian, American, and occasionally French productions. She received the Henrietta Award for female favorite in a global film in 1961 from the Golden Globes. In 1963, the actress was recognized with a David di Donatello Prize for her performance in the Italian-French play “Imperial Venus.”
While continuing to make Italian movies, Lollobrigida’s international star began to fade until a resurgence with the 1968 comedy “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” starring Shelley Winters and Phil Silvers. She co-starred in Basil Dearden’s 1964 English thriller “Woman of Straw” with Sean Connery and Ralph Richardson.
A recurrent part as Francesca Gioberti on the CBS primetime drama “Falcon Crest” and a guest appearance on “The Love Boat” were taken on by Lollobrigida in 1984 and 1986, respectively, after an 11-year sabbatical from all types of television.
In Agnes Varda’s 1995 film “Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinema.” Lollobrigida was part of a cast featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Anouk Aimee, and Fanny Ardant. Italy’s Subiaco is where Luigina Lollobrigida was born.
Modeling in her younger years led to involvement in several beauty pageants, and in 1947, she finished third in the Miss Italia competition. She briefly participated in the Italian-language “Return of the Black Eagle” the year prior, serving as her feature film debut.
In 1949, Lollobrigida wed Slovenian doctor Mirko Skofic, who gave up his medical profession to work as her manager. However, the couple became divorced in 1971. As her acting career waned, Lollobrigida focused on her other passions, such as sculpture and photojournalism.
She also made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the European Parliament. On the occasion of her visit to New York City in 2010, the New York Times opened its story by gushing:
“The Most Beautiful Woman in the World walked into Harry Cipriani on Fifth Avenue in black boots and a riding-hood-red cloak, and for the only person in the room expecting her, it perhaps was a trick of the imagination, but it seemed as if the whole restaurant lost its train of thought for a second.”
She got the Golden Medal of the City of Rome in 1986, a 40th Anniversary David in 1996, and a 50th Anniversary David in 2006 at the David di Donatello Awards. In 1986, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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One of my most favorite divas (actresses) passed away. I don’t recall reading about it, and I read everyday. May Gina Lollobrigida continue to RIP. pic.twitter.com/pHYY2mel7A
— The(e) Linda Cardwell Resister (@CardLinda) March 13, 2023
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In 1995, she received a special award from the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for her remarkable contribution to international cinema. In 2008, she received the Rome International Film Festival career award. Lollobrigida received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. She left behind a son.
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