Life wasn’t always so glamorous for Sophia Loren. The iconic Italian actress was born under nontraditional circumstances in Rome in 1934, as Sofia Villani Scicolone. Her father, a construction engineer reportedly of noble Italian descent, was known to spend much of his time seducing young actresses.
An Italian Icon Is Born
One of those actresses was Loren’s mother, Romilda Villani. Neither of them knew their daughter would one day conquer hearts around the world through her command of the big screen that they both so loved. Neither did anyone know then that Loren would eventually go on to have an explosive career and have many famous men competing for her affection.