Gina Lollobrigida, a famous actress from Italy, has died at the age of 95, her family told the news agency ANSA.
Her grandnephew, Francesco Lollobrigida, the Italian Minister of Agriculture, tweeted the news of her death and called her “one of the brightest stars of Italian cinema and culture.”
RAI state media also told people that she had died.
Lollobrigida became a symbol of the earthy sexuality of Italian actresses in the 1950s and 1960s, along with Sophia Loren.
After learning how to paint and sculpt, Lollobrigida became a successful beauty queen and model. In 1946, she had a small part in the swashbuckling adventure film “The Black Eagle.”
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Gina Lollobrigida’s Career
She was a huge star in Europe by the early 1950s. In 1953, she made her first English-language movie, “Beat the Devil,” with Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones.
She played Esmerelda to Anthony Quinn’s Quasimodo in the 1956 version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and she played Queen of Sheba to Yul Brynner’s King Solomon in King Vidor’s 1959 Technicolor epic “Solomon and Sheba.”
In the 1970s, Lollobrigida’s number of movie roles started to go down, so she started working as a photojournalist. She sometimes appeared in movies and on TV. In 1984, her most famous role was a recurring one on the US prime-time soap opera “Falcon Crest.”
She ran for a seat in the Italian Senate last year but didn’t win. Before the country’s elections, she told the Corriere Della Sera, “I was just tired of hearing politicians argue without ever getting to the point.”
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