Gina Lollobrigida reflects on her lasting success as a sex symbol

Feb 20, 2018

At age 90, Gina Lollobrigida has finally earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame — nearly seven decades after the Italian actress achieved international stardom as a sought-after sex symbol in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

But Lollobrigida may have been too busy to notice something was missing from her career. The screen siren didn’t just tantalize audiences in films opposite iconic leading men, such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn and Anthony Quinn. She’s also been traveling the world and pursuing her first love: sculpture.

Fox News spoke with Lollobrigida about her journey to Hollywood, impressing past Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and why she refuses to slow down anytime soon.

Fox News: How do you feel about getting a star on the Walk of Fame?
Gina Lollobrigida: I didn’t expect it after so many years. It’s beautiful and very nice that people still remember me. It’s a big honor for me.

Fox News: Did you ever believe Americans would continue to celebrate your work after all of this time?
Lollobrigida: Not at all! I didn’t expect it obviously, but I’m very grateful. American fans are very faithful even though I have so much popularity all over the world because of my movies.

Fox News: You were called “the most beautiful woman in the world” in Hollywood. How did you feel about the title?
Lollobrigida: I was photogenic, probably (laughs). They always said I was the most beautiful woman in the world. But I also think every woman who is loved is just as beautiful. But I stopped movies after a while.

I’ve always had a big desire to make art. I pursued photography, which gave me a lot of joy to know people and the world. I met people who lived on the streets and had nothing. It fascinated me to see a new side to life and photography was really a good experience for me. I then wanted to try sculpture. And this is what I hope the American public will learn about me as soon as possible. Because my desire really is art… This is how you will know me completely.


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