Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is an Italian actress. She was born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Pozzuoli, Italy, the illegitimate daughter of Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. She grew up there in poverty but found her way into small parts in films in the 1950s. She was "discovered" and later married by Carlo Ponti, who produced many of her films.
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