Sophia Loren at 80 recalls her unconsummated affair with Cary Grant
Still charming, engaging and beautiful at 80, screen icon Sophia Loren reminisces about her early years, path to stardom, great romances - and her love of eggplant parmesan.
By Chrissy Iley
November 13, 2014 — 12.25pm
Sophia Loren has always seemed to epitomise glamour, pure sex and the Hollywood state of mind, even though many of her movies were, in fact, Italian. There is probably no greater on-screen chemistry than Sophia Loren and Cary Grant in Houseboat (1958). They met when they made The Pride and the Passion in 1957. They really were in love.
I loved the chapters about Grant in her new autobiography, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale. I have gone to Geneva, where she has lived for the past 36 years, to meet her and discuss the book.
|Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren at the Americana Hotel in New York, 1965|
"I wanted to give in the book the facts of my life," she says. "How I succeeded. How my life was during the war. People have written books about me and sometimes it was not real. I wanted to say what happened to me, because I am proud. I was really a nobody, a little girl, unhappy, in desperation because of the life I was living with my family and no father. Everyone was starving during the war."