Italian display screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has died on the age of 95, information company ANSA reported, citing members of her household.
Her grandnephew, Italian Minister of Agriculture Francesco Lollobrigida, tweeted information of her loss of life, calling her “one of many brightest stars of Italian cinematography and tradition.”
RAI state media additionally reported her loss of life.
Along with Sophia Loren, Lollobrigida got here to represent the earthy sexuality of Italian actresses within the Fifties and Sixties.
After coaching as a painter and sculptor, Lollobrigida grew to become a profitable magnificence queen and mannequin, earlier than making her first movie look in 1946, with a small function within the swashbuckling journey “The Black Eagle.”
By the early Fifties, she was an enormous star in Europe. She made her English-language movie debut in 1953, in John Huston’s “Beat the Satan,” alongside Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones.
She was Esmerelda to Anthony Quinn’s Quasimodo within the 1956 adaptation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and the Queen of Sheba to Yul Brynner’s King Solomon in King Vidor’s 1959 Technicolor epic “Solomon and Sheba.”
When movie roles started to dwindle within the Seventies, Lollobrigida made a brand new profession for herself as a photojournalist. She often appeared in movie and on TV, most famously in a recurring function in US prime-time cleaning soap “Falcon Crest” in 1984.
Final yr, she ran unsuccessfully for a seat within the Italian Senate, telling newspaper Corriere della Sera earlier than the nation’s elections: “I used to be simply bored with listening to politicians arguing with one another with out ever attending to the purpose.”