ROME (AP) — Italian film legend Gina Lollobrigida, who achieved international stardom during the 1950s and was dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world” after the title of one of her movies, died in Rome on Monday, her agent said. She was 95.
The agent, Paola Comin, didn’t provide details. Lollobrigida had surgery in September to repair a thigh bone broken in a fall. She returned home and said she had quickly resumed walking.
A drawn portrait of the diva graced a 1954 cover of Time magazine, which likened her to a “goddess” in an article about Italian movie-making. More than a half-century later, Lollobrigida still turned heads with her brown, curly hair and statuesque figure, and preferred to be called an actress instead of the gender-neutral term actor.
In addition to being a renowned actress, the report explains that Lollobrigida “also was an accomplished sculptor, painter and photographer, and eventually essentially dropped film for the other arts.”
Born on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, a hill town near Rome, the actress was fondly referred to as “Lollo” by Italians.
Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian movie actress who became one of the post-World War II era’s first major European sex symbols, has died at 95.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 16, 2023
Filmmaker Justin Crasto Jr. tweeted, “One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen and legend of Italian cinema. RIP Gina Lollobrigida. .”
One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen and legend of Italian cinema. RIP Gina Lollobrigida. pic.twitter.com/rhjSWhHPXi
— Justin Crasto Jr. (@JCrasto16) January 16, 2023
Author Rich Torrenzano paid tribute, tweeting, “World lost a legendary global star today. Gina Lollobrigida, 95 passed to God. Privileged to meet her several times at NIAF galas in DC. She entered a room to impromptu applause and standing ovation. She was charming, graceful and had a particularly good sense of humor. RIP.”
World lost a legendary global star today. Gina Lollobrigida, 95 passed to God. Privileged to meet her several times at NIAF galas in DC. She entered a room to impromptu applause and standing ovation. She was charming, graceful and had a particularly good sense of humor. RIP. pic.twitter.com/NrKE3lS8XK
— Torrenzano (@RichTorrenzano) January 16, 2023
Gina Lollobrigida, July 4, 1927 – January 16, 2023
What a life. pic.twitter.com/EVksyHsJLE
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) January 16, 2023
Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian actress dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world” after the title of one her movies, has died in Rome at age 95. Italian news agency Lapresse reported Lollobrigida’s death on Monday. https://t.co/Pd6gx9m65Y
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 16, 2023
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