Hollywood Knitting - Sophia Loren

Posted by Kelli Ladwig on

Sophia Loren was born September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was with one man her entire life although do to quirks in Italian law she could not legally be married to him Carlo Ponti for a while. Rumor has it she had some affairs in that in between time when her marriage was annulled before she remarried Ponti.

Regardless, she knew how to knit and there is a fun sweater pattern named after her.

She is also the inventor or "side-eyes." (Obviously, they did not know the ladies in my family because we were doing side-eyes before it was a documented thing.) She admits in an article with the New York Time she was afraid Jayne was going to go "boom." Sophia doesn't like to talk about it now out of respect to Jayne but I thought it was a hilarious segue to this week's TBT.

I love Sophia in "Two Women" although I found it horrifying to watch. I loved "Houseboat" as a kid. I really do need to go back and watch more of her films. She seems a fascinating actress and pretty straightforward.

She had her first child in 1968 and admittedly slowed down career-wise after she became a mother.

Her last nomination for an American film award was 1964 because she had slowed down to raise a family until 1995.

I frequently read these biographies and think, I cannot relate to this lady at all. Sophia Loren I get and I think I like her. She is a stunning presence in the screen and I love that she is not a small gal and yet completely captivating.


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  • You are absolutely right. It was a typo on my part. I have a photo on this blog of Rosalind Russell on the set of “The Women” knitting. There have been three remakes of the movie, “The Women.”

    It was remade as a 1956 musical comedy, The Opposite Sex, starring June Allyson, Joan Collins, and Ann Miller.

    In 1977 it was remade by Rainer Werner Fassbinder for German television as Women in New York.

    In 2008, Diane English wrote and directed a remake of the same title, her feature film directorial debut. The comedy starred Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, and Debra Messing, and was released in 2008 by Picturehouse Entertainment, a sister company to Warner Bros. (the current owners of the 1939 version through Turner Entertainment).

    Kelli McKnittey on
  • Sophia Loren was not in the movie “The Women.” That movie starred Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford. Sophia Loren starred in 1960’s “Two Women”

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