The rare beauty of Gina Lollobrigida, an Italian actress, brought the woman fame and love of the audience. The talent of this woman was admired by the whole world, and films with the participation of Gina Lollobrigida became favorite and were reviewed many times. Impeccable appearance, acting talent and a good heart are the traits that helped Gina succeed in cinema, in life, and in her work besides acting.
Childhood and youth
At birth, the girl received the name of Luigin. The future Gina Lollobrigida was born in the provincial town of Subiaco, near Rome, on July 4, 1927. The girl’s father worked as a furniture maker and raised four daughters. Gina from an early age attracted attention with her bright beauty, and already at the age of three the girl became the winner of the children's beauty contest. Fortunately, in addition to external data, fate gave Lollobrigida acting and artistic talents.
Actress Gina Lollobrigida
Gina’s childhood was in wartime, the girl’s family even hid for some time from the bombing in a small village in the mountains. After the war, returning to the ruined house, the girl’s parents decided to move to the capital. So Gina was in Rome. There, the girl had to sell her drawings on the street to help her family earn at least some money for food.
Gina Lollobrigida in her youth
Despite the trials and hardships of the post-war life, the girl studies at the Santa Cecilia Academy, where she studies vocal skills, and also enters the theater school. The talented beauty is noticed by the directors, Lollobrigida is beginning to be invited to roles in the theater. Gina spends the money she earned on vocals and dreams of a career as an opera singer or sculptor. However, fate decreed otherwise.
The need to earn a living led Gina to the set, where a talented beauty was invited by one of the directors. Samples satisfied the crew, and Lollobrigida was approved for the first role. We are talking about the film "Black Eagle", shot by Riccardo Fred.
Gina Lollobrigida at the Miss Italy contest
The year 1947 brought Lollobrigida third place in the Miss Italy competition. The first step of the podium then went to a girl named Lucia Bose, who later also went along the acting path. However, Lucia will not be able to achieve a hundredth of the success that Lollobrigida has prepared.
After debuting in the Black Eagle, Gina continued to accept invitations to roles in films, although she still did not give up her dream of connecting life with vocals or art. Musical films “Crazy about Opera”, “Love Drink” and “Pagliacci” gave the aspiring star the love of the audience in his native Italy, as well as a solid contract that helped to forget about material difficulties. The filmography of Gina Lollobrigida gradually replenished.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie "Crazy about Opera"
The next film, Fanfan Tulip, is still loved by the audience. This picture was not only successful, it also gave Lollobrigida attention from Hollywood directors. And although Gina still did not feel ready to devote her life to cinema, the actress began to approach much more meticulously.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie Fanf Tulip
Finally abandoning the dream of opera, Gina was forced to play the role in the film “Passport to the East”. The painting was so successful that Lollobrigida temporarily abandoned painting and vocals, focusing on filming. The actress is increasingly being offered the main roles - “The City is Defending”, “The Bride for One Night” and other films still remain in the hearts of Gina fans.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie City Defends
The movie "Put the Devil Down", released in 1953, was the first Hollywood work of Lollobrigida. In the same year, the audience was pleased with the romantic comedy called “Bread, Love and Fantasy”. Next, in 1956, the “Trapeze” appeared, as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie "Shame the Devil"
The role of Esmeralda has become, perhaps, one of the most talented works of Lollobrigida. This role brought the actress the Order of Fine Literature - an honorary award that Gina was awarded by the French Minister of Culture. Lollobrigida's partner on the set was Anthony Quinn, who played a touching hunchback who suffers from a love of an inaccessible beauty. Photos of Gina Lollobrigida in the image of a wayward gypsy still adorn the collection of moviegoers.
Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda
In general, 1956 was a fruitful year for the actress in terms of creativity. Another painting - “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” - gave Lollobrigida the opportunity to fulfill an old dream. In this film, the actress played an opera singer. Gina performed the vocal parts of the heroine on her own. The painting brought Lollobrigida the David di Donatello Award from his native Italy.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World"
In 1959, the cult film "Solomon and Queen of Sheba" was released, in which Lollobrigida played a major role. Charismatic Julius Briner became the partner of the actress. The films and roles of Gina Lollobrigida receive many awards, including the Silver Ribbon (for best acting), the Cannes Film Festival award, the BAFTA award from the British Film Academy, and numerous Oscar nominations.
Gina Lollobrigida in the movie "Solomon and the Queen of Sheba"
A curious story is associated with one of the film festivals. The fact is that at the Moscow International Film Festival, Gene Lollobrigida and Elizabeth Taylor appeared in identical dresses from Yves Saint Laurent. Despite the embarrassing situation, the ladies were not at a loss and behaved like best friends all evening, and the fashionable public subsequently wondered more than one year what really happened. According to one version, the famous couturier, in pursuit of money, sewed the same outfits for both beauties. But according to another version, the culprit of what happened was Lollobrigida, who decided to borrow the design and pattern of someone else's dress and did not count on such an unpleasant embarrassment.
Gina Lollobrigida and Elizabeth Taylor in identical dresses
Lollobrigida's career was rapidly growing up for another 20 years, although later the actress began to reject offers that seemed uninteresting. Gin was not attracted to roles in action films or rustic love stories. The woman wanted bright, textured roles that would allow her to show acting talent in full. Having finished acting already at a fairly advanced age, Gina Lollobrigida left a bright creative legacy to fans of world cinema.
The personal life of Gina Lollobrigida was no less interesting and lively than creative. Bright appearance and slender figure of Gina Lollobrigida did not leave indifferent any man. The actress is credited with a romantic relationship with Frank Sinatra, Julius Briner, George Kaufman and even Yuri Gagarin.
Despite the frenzied popularity and increased attention from men, Lollobrigida was not windy. For many years, the actress was married to Milko Skotich, a doctor from Yugoslavia. The lovers married in 1949, when Lollobrigida was only 22 years old. In 1957, the couple had their firstborn - the son of Milko. This marriage, although it did not turn out to be fleeting, nevertheless fell apart. In 1971, the couple divorced, and seven years later, a car accident claimed the lives of the first and only husband of Gina Lollobrigida. In 1994, Gina Lollobrigida became a happy grandmother.
Gina Lollobrigida and Milko Skotich
Despite the fact that the actress no longer agreed to go down the aisle, she did not suffer from loneliness at all, periodically changing her gentlemen. With a young architect named Javier Rigaau, Lollobrigida's relationship lasted almost 20 years. Javier is 30 years younger than the actress, but this fact did not prevent the couple from planning a marriage. What exactly stopped the 79-year-old Lollobrigida is not known for certain, but at the last moment the lady refused to register the marriage.
Gina Lollobrigida and Javier Rigaau
Six years later, this situation was continued: as it turned out, Javier did not accept the refusal of his lover and registered a marriage without the knowledge of the bride. Lollobrigida sued the unsuccessful swindler, accusing the young man of attempting to assassinate his multi-million dollar fortune. Javier himself explained that he just did not want the press to know about a failed marriage.
Gina Lollobrigida with her grandson, son and daughter-in-law
This lawsuit related to young lovers was not the last in the biography of Gina Lollobrigida. The next lawsuit, drawn up in 2014, was already against the actress herself. The son of Gina Lollobrigida demanded that the woman be recognized legally incompetent. According to him, countless young lovers of Gina want to take possession of the state of the star. The court, however, did not satisfy the plaintiff's claim. Two years later, in 2016, rumors again circulated in the press about the connection of the actress with another scammer, but this was not confirmed.
Gina Lollobrigida now
Now Gina Lollobrigida continues to lead an active lifestyle. A woman believes that maturity is an interesting period. At the same time, the actress still continues to be a model of beauty: the weight of Gina Lollobrigida is 50 kilograms, and her height is 165 centimeters. The actress lives in a luxury villa in her native Italy, constantly travels and is actively involved in charity work. Lollobrigida admits that she has absolutely no time to age: her beloved grandson, a magnificent garden, as well as music and modeling, do not leave Gina a single free minute.
Sculptures by Gina Lollobrigida
In Italy, exhibitions of sculptural creations of the actress are often held. In addition, Gina is seriously interested in photography, and her pictures have been traveling around the world for many years, admiring fans of photography. In 2013, Lollobrigida donated jewelry to help world medical science: the actress's jewelry was sold at auction, and the profit (almost five million dollars) went to the study of stem cells.
Gina Lollobrigida in 2017
In 2017, Gina Lollobrigida turned 90 years old. In honor of this anniversary, the Italian authorities ordered the spread of a red carpet in the center of Rome. The actress herself prepared a new sculptural composition for her birthday, proving once again that she is not going to age yet. The actress admits that she plans to live much longer than a hundred years: Aunt Lollobrigida died at 113, so Gina expects another 20 years of bright and interesting life to the delight of fans.
Photo: Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida's Career
As Gina later recalled, director Vittorio De Sica convinced her to connect life with cinema.
She gained popularity in Italy, starring in the musical films "Love Drink", "Crazy about Opera" by Mario Costa. And the result of work in his “Pagliacci” was the end of financial problems - she signed a good contract.
The next film work of Lollobrigida was “Passaporto per l'oriente” (“Passport to the East”), at the end of which the girl decided to temporarily stop painting and vocals, and focus on cinema. Gradually, they began to shoot her in the lead roles (“Bride for one night,” “Beware, bandits!”, “The city is defending itself”).
Gina won worldwide recognition of the French Fanfan-Tulip film with Gerard Philippe. He was so successful that he won the awards of film festivals in Cannes and Berlin, and, according to experts of the film market, led to the end of the financial crisis in French cinema.
The most interesting
The invitation of the Italian actress to the French comedy was due to the fact that the sponsors of the tape were Italians, and this was a great success for Gina Lollobrigida.
She quickly found a common language with the crew, despite the fact that she did not speak French.
“Gerard not only helped me, but he did everything to restore my confidence during the filming. He spent many hours of his free time teaching me French. After the Fanfan-Tulip, my shares rose, and since then I have said that Gerard Philip brought me happiness ... ”, the actress recalled.
The success of the film was dizzying, it received awards at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, and the photos of Gina Lollobrigida began to decorate the covers of many glossy publications.
World movie star
After the comedy "Fanfan Tulip", an Italian actress was talked about in Hollywood, and Gina began to receive invitations from American producers, but only agreed to big roles - she wanted to not only trade her looks, but to star in a real movie.
She did not agree to act in action films or uncomplicated love stories, preferring serious deep images in which her acting gift could manifest itself most strongly.
Actress in the movie Night Beauty
A significant trace in the creative biography of Gina Lollobrigida was left by a picture taken in the genre of the musical movie drama "Night Beauties", in which Gerard Philippe again became a partner on the set of the actress.
The debut in Hollywood cinema took place in the fifty-third year of the movie "Put the Devil". In the same period, the actress starred in the romantic comedy film “Bread, Love and Fantasy”, for which she was awarded the “Silver Ribbon”. After the first part of the film, two more were released, but Gina refused to star in the last, without explaining the reasons for this refusal, which caused a lot of rumors and gossip.
On the photo: Gina Lollobrigita in the film “Bread, Love and Fantasy”
In the fifty-sixth, Gina Lollobrigida starred in Trapeze with stars such as Curtis and Lancaster. In the same year, another film was released that increased the popularity of the actress, Notre Dame de Paris, in which she played Esmeralda.
Lollobrigida in the movie Notre Dame
This role was recognized as the best among all the previous incarnations of the heroine of the work, and for her Gina received the Order of Fine Literature from the hands of the Minister of Culture of France.
In the film “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”, the actress was able to realize her vocal talent - she performed opera parts on her own, and for this she was awarded the David di Donatello Prize.
"The most beautiful woman in the world"
In the fifty-ninth year, Lollobrigida played a central role in the film "Solomon and the Queen of Sheba," based on Old Testament legends and myths.
The career of the actress quickly rushed up, and this continued until the mid-sixties, and then she began to fade away, but the roles played by Gina Lollobrigida forever left an unforgettable mark in the movie.
The actress explained the decline in professional activity by the fact that the roles to which she would have agreed are becoming less and less, and she is not interested in acting in others.
“Now there are very few paintings that I really would like to work in. There are no good scripts worthy of roles. I am endlessly worried about what is happening in the world of cinema now, ”says the actress.
She continued to act until the late nineties, playing her last role as Gaby Berrebi in the movie "XXL".Gina Lollobrigida, becoming less visible on the screen, began to devote more time to sculpture, began to engage in photojournalism and became famous for her interview with Fidel Castro, in which the Cuban leader spoke not only about the revolution and comrades, but also about his personal life.
Luigina, who became known as Gina Lollobrigida, was born on July 4, 1927 in the city of Subiako, in central Italy, in a family of furniture craftsmen of Jewish origin. In addition to her, the family had three more daughters. She spent her childhood in a small picturesque mountain village. In 1945, her family moved to the outskirts of Rome, where Gina earned her first money as a street artist - by drawing cartoons and cartoons. At the same time, she took opera vocal lessons and studied at the theater school. Luigina has had a dream since childhood: she passionately wanted to become a sculptor or opera singer. Luigina was repeatedly invited to act in films, but at first it did not interest her, and she refused. The mother’s persuasion and earnings prospects brought her to the cinema site. In 1946, Luigina began acting in films in episodic roles in the films Black Eagle, Love Drink, Crime of Giovanni Episcopo, Pagliacci, Crazy about Opera, and Young Caruso. In 1947, she decided to try her hand at the Miss Italy contest and did not lose, taking third place. The first and second places were taken sequentially by Lucia Bose and Giana Maria Canale, who in the future also became actresses, but did not achieve such success as Luigina.
|The artist Ilya Glazunov paints a portrait of Gina Lollobrigida, 1963.|
In the 1960s, Lollobrigida became less likely to act in films, explaining that she did not want to repeat herself, in her interviews the actress said that each subsequent role should be better than the previous one, but this is almost impossible due to the abundance of standard scenarios. In addition, in her interviews, Lollobrigida said that she would prefer to act in films by directors who speak the truth, looking for something of their own, and not in expensive action films. All this led to the fact that in the 1970s, Lollobrigida’s career began to decline and almost ended in 1973 with participation in the movie “Deadly Sin”. After that, over the next decades, she starred in just a couple of films and several times accepted the proposals for filming on television.
At this time, Gina took up photojournalism, and among the celebrities she took photographs were Paul Newman, Salvador Dali, Fidel Castro, and the German National Football Team. In 1973, a photo album of her photographs was published titled “My Italy” (“Italia Mia”). In addition to photo essays, she was engaged in sculpting sculptures for some time, her works are executed in bronze and marble. The statuette “Girl holding a pearl in the palm of her hand” created by her became the prize of the Baltic Pearl International Film Festival. In 1976, the actress decided to try herself as a director and made a documentary about Cuba, for which she interviewed Fidel Castro.
In 1973, Lollobrigida was a member of the jury of the VIII Moscow Film Festival, and in 1997 at the XX Moscow Film Festival she was awarded a prize for her contribution to cinema. In 1986, Gina acted as chairman of the jury at the 36th Berlin Film Festival. In 1992, her sculpture “Life Together”, symbolizing the harmony between childhood and nature, represented Italy at the World Exhibition in Seville in Spain. In the same year, for this work, Lollobrigida was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor personally from the hands of French President Francois Mitterrand. In 1999, Gina, although unsuccessfully, ran for the European Parliament from the Italian center-left party, Democrats. Voluntarily collaborates with UNESCO and UNICEF.
Gina is engaged in a lot of photography, holds photo exhibitions, works in an art workshop. Her photo album My Italy, reprinted many times, has become a kind of Italian encyclopedia. One of her latest photo albums is called “Children and Animals,” and connoisseurs of beauty are eagerly buying her paintings and sculptures. The exhibition of sculptural works of the famous Italian actress was successfully held at the Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin in Moscow in 2003, which was visited by tens of thousands of people.
Thanks to her intelligence and beauty, versatile talents, willpower and hard work, Gene Lollobrigida has always been successful in everything. Currently, she practically does not act in film, but she is still admired. The actress lives alone in her luxurious villa near Rome, in her garden, which invested a lot of work by the hostess herself, there are about 600 different species of birds. Gina Lollobrigida adores her grandson, leads an active social life, participates in charity events, still prefers bright low-necked dresses, travels a lot, she is a frequent guest in Russia.
In 1949, Gina Lollobrigida married Yugoslav doctor Milko Skofic. On July 28, 1957, their only son, Milko the Younger, was named after his father. In 1971, the couple divorced. In 1979, a former husband died in a car accident.
Currently, Milko Jr. is an economist. He has a wife - a journalist and son Dimitri.
Gina's cousin (Francesca Lollobrigida, born in 1991) is Italy's champion in speed skating.
World fame and sunset career
A new wave of popularity hit the actress in 1956 with the release of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Film critics recognized Esmeralda performed by Lollobrigida as the reference embodiment of the literary heroine.
In the same year, Gina played the opera diva, the brilliant Lina Cavalieri in the film "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", where she performed all parts with her own voice. This role brought her the Italian movie prize "David di Donatello."
In the late 60s, Gina’s career began to decline: the directors offered dummy roles, similar to those that she had already played. The actress did not want endless repetitions, and only occasionally accepted offers that seemed interesting to her.
During this period, Lollobrigida was interested in sculpture, photography, journalism, and wrote scripts. She managed to interview many celebrities, and even talk to Fidel Castro, ask him not only about politics, but also about her personal life. Gina's photo album “My Italy” has become a visiting card of the country.
The best films of Gina Lollobrigida
An important in her career was the 1952 film, Night Beauties, full of gentle eroticism. The following year, the star appeared in the dramatic film "The Provincial", nominated for the prize of the International Cannes Film Festival and received the award of Italian film critics (awarded to Gabriel Feretti for best actor).
In 1953, Luigi Comencini invited Gina to the comedy film “Bread, Love and Fantasy”, the role of Frisky in which she brought the “Silver Ribbon”, and the film itself won an award at the International Film Festival in Berlin, was nominated for an Oscar and a British Award Film Academy BAFTA. The 2 series of the film “Bread, Love and Jealousy” was also successful, but the actress refused to star in the third - “Bread, Love and ...” Possible circumstances for such a decision were discussed for a long time in the press, but their true reason remained known only to Lollo herself and the director.
One of the most beloved by the public was the image of Esmeralda created by Lollobrigida in 1956 in the painting Notre Dame de Paris. For this work, the Minister of Culture of France, Jean-Jacques Ayagon, later presented her with the Order of Arts and Fine Literature.
Noteworthy was the work of Lollobrigida in the film “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”, where she herself performed all the vocal parts, among which was the Tosca aria from the opera of the same name by Giacomo Puccini. For performing the role of Lina Cavalieri, the opera singer of Italy, Gina as "Best Actress" was awarded the national prize "David di Donatello".
In 1960, she played with Jean-Paul Belmondo in the film The Stormy Sea, in 1963 with Giuseppe Addobbati in the film Imperial Venus, earning the award of the Italian film Silver Ribbon, in 1969 with Mauro Bolognini in the film adaptation of Ercole Patti's work “Beautiful November”.
Other hobbies of Gina Lollobrigida
As a photojournalist, she took photographs of Henry Kissinger, Paul Newman, David Cassidy, Salvador Dali, Ella Fitzgerald and other celebrities, published an album of her works “My Italy”, highly praised by critics. In total, the Lollobrigida piggy bank has six photo albums.
As a sculptor, Gina created about 60 sculptures, the artistic value of which is indicated, in particular, by the choice of one of them - “Living Together” - to represent Italy at the World Forum in Seville. In addition to Italy, she exhibited her sculptural compositions in Russia, France, Spain, Qatar, the USA, and China.
1946 - Black Eagle
1946 - Love drink
1947 - Man in the house
1949 - Bells
1950 - Miss Italy
1952 - Fanfan Tulip
1953 - Defeat the Devil (Disgrace the Devil)
1953 - Bread, Love and Fantasy
1954 - The Big Game
1956 - Trapeze
1956 - Notre Dame Cathedral
1959 - Solomon and Queen of Sheba
1961 - Come in September
1963 - Imperial Venus
1968 - Good evening, Mrs. Campbell
Gina Lollobrigida plans to live 113 years
On the day of its 90th anniversary, the star met guests on the red carpet and presented her new sculpture. To questions about age, she replied that she prefers to believe that she was not 90, but three times 30 each. Her aunt was a long-lived woman - she lived 113 years, and the celebrity intends to repeat this achievement.
The actress leads an active life: attends premieres, parties, social events. In 2018, she received a personalized star on the Walk of Fame, and was personally present in Hollywood at its opening.
At such a venerable age, Gina is full of energy, she remains addicted to bright clothes, massive jewelry, and rich makeup. In 2013, she sold part of her jewelry collection and donated $ 5 million to stem cell research. If you were interested in reading, please like and repost on social networks. Thanks!