: [on Tyrone Power] Tyrone Power was my ideal man.
Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita. Her father, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children.
Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced much sadness in her childhood.
Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married in 1966 once he finally obtained a divorce from his first wife.
Sophia remained a bona fide international movie star throughout the sixties and seventies, making films on both sides of the Atlantic, and starring opposite such leading men as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston.
From the eighties onward, Sophia's appearances on the big screen came few and far between. She preferred to spend the majority of her time raising sons Carlo Jr and Eduardo.
At times, male actors have been hesitant to appear with her, due to the fact that she stands nearly 5'9" and wears towering heels and tall hair that can make her look over 6 feet tall.