Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who shared the limelight with the greatest actors in the 1950s, has died at the age of 95, the Italian Minister of Culture announced on Monday.
The former sex symbol, revealed in 1952 in “Fanfan la tulipe” by French director Christian-Jaque, had fractured her femur when she fell at her Roman home in September and had to be operated on. “Farewell to a diva of the big screen, protagonist of more than half a century of Italian cinema history. Its charm is eternal. Ciao Lollo,” Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano tweeted.
Addio ad una diva del grande schermo, protagonista di oltre mezzo secolo di storia del cinema italiano. It suo fascino stay in eterno.
Ciao Lollo. pic.twitter.com/LbHf2MMXFy
— Gennaro Sangiuliano (@g_sangiuliano) January 16, 2023
Born on July 4, 1927 in the small village of Subiaco, in the heart of Abruzzo (central Italy), in a modest family which then settled in Rome, Gina Lollobrigida played with the greatest of her time in the 1950s and 1960s, from Frank Sinatra to Sean Connery, from Marcello Mastroianni to Humphrey Bogart.
She toured until 1962 in the United States and then ended up returning to Italy. She then appeared only occasionally in film and television. “La Lollo” then returned to her first artistic loves, photography and then sculpture, to which she devoted herself entirely from the beginning of the 1980s.
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