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IN PRAISE OF SOPHIA LOREN

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 2, 2012

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Why we still find her attractive at age 78.

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Over the years, men have had favorite pinup girls; during the 1940’s there was Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Jane Russell; in the 50’s there was Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida, Jayne Mansfield and Elizabeth Taylor, and during the 1960’s there was Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch. I don’t know who the latest sex symbols are these days, but they have a hard act to follow as far as I am concerned. There was one, in particular, that captivated the public for a number of years, Sophia Loren, an Italian actress with incredible looks and acting skills.

Loren has spent over sixty years in the public eye, which is a tribute to her endurance. At age 78, she still looks fabulous. If you were to ask people which actress appeals to both sexes, you would be hard pressed to find someone who can top Sophia Loren. It’s more than just looks too. She’s starred in movies opposite such notable leading men as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Burton, Charlton Heston, Peter Sellers, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, and Marlon Brando. She was always able to hold her own against such heavyweights and won numerous acting awards, including being declared in 1991 as “one of the world cinema’s treasures.”

Even though she was always admired for her beauty and acting skills, there is something else that captures the imagination of her fans, some sort of mystique she possesses, perhaps it is European or Italian in nature. I think the word I’m looking for is “class.” In public, I have never known her not to be the picture of poise and grace, yet she seems to be very down to earth, very approachable. She is a sort of royalty who can relate to her subjects, probably because she remembers her modest beginnings. It is this sense of class, coupled with looks, that makes her attractive to both men and women, and you see it in just about every film she has made, as well as in interviews.

When the movie “Grumpier Old Men” was produced in 1995, she was already 61 and making fewer films. People wondered if she still had “it” to play a femme fatale opposite Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and competing with Ann-Margret. She had “it” alright, helping to make the movie a box office success. On the screen, she still exuded class and sensuality.

Sophia is still active but has understandably slowed down her volume of work. Now and then, she will appear at a public function and still looks smashing in her cleavage revealing gowns; even better than a lot of actresses a third of her age. So, if I had to vote for a favorite pinup, I would have to give the nod to Sophia Loren. She has looks, class, longevity, and a certain savior-fare about her. She certainly has “it.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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10 Responses to “IN PRAISE OF SOPHIA LOREN”

  1. Jenn said

    I’m not an expert on Actresses but I’d say yes, she is one of the classiest ones out there. Now if we are talking Actors of today– I have a few in mind.

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “I couldn’t agree with you more, Tim. She certainly does have “it”. . . . And, is a stunningly beautiful role model for all of us. . . . .Particularly “old folks” like me.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    An M.K. of Connecticut wrote…

    “A Timeless Doll and a shirtful of Body, to be sure. “

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A P.M. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I think you really hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the word “class”. Sophia has “class”, which is something really lacking in many of today’s women. My husband and I were discussing this topic the other day. His observation has been that today’s women seems to have trouble with relationships with men. My response to him was that many women do not understand the “power of femininity”. It is very powerful.. If you want to scare off a man, behave like one. Sophia Loren exemplifies the power of “femininity” along with the class that it brings.. Good article!!”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An F.D. of Jalisco, Mexico wrote…

    “See here?… Tim Bryce writes about all kinds of subjects… few will disagree with his remarks here methinks! lol”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “She also never took herself seriously. She could brawl with the best of them. I’ve always like her.”

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Arizona wrote…

    “I’ve always been in love with her, and from a young age, LOL. The movie “Houseboat” comes to mind that I really like, and wouldn’t miss it if seeing it scheduled on TV… “

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A J,S, of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “Class is the right word, Tim. She combines beauty, sex and acting talent without ever descending to the tawdry level of some others.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    Check out this video on Sophia –

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  10. Leo said

    She’s the reason my wifes is Italian.. God bless these women
    Even if their pissed off at ya they still feed ya… ” here eat, than go to hell “

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