Since she retired almost 25 years ago, in 1997, it’s always a delight to see Gina Lollobrigida around and about at 94. She still possesses a love of art and film that keeps her active. Here, she attends the special screening of the documentary on Massimo Gargia “Jet set – Massimo’s sweet life” at the Capranichetta cinema in Rome.
Lollobrigida is famous for being a sex symbol, but in actuality she’s always been a person of many talents. She started as a painter and trained for that passion, but said, “by mistake I became an actress.” Of course, one creative triumph leads to another. Lollobrigida says that it was her painting experience that made her a skilled photographer.
She had been an amateur photographer for a long time, before Life magazine commissioned her to do a photo essay on, what else: men! When Life magazine went under before publishing her photos, Lollobrigida decided to write a book, My Italy. She then did a book on the Philippines and photographed India and China. She also made a foray into the fashion business, but she is best known as an actress.
Lollobrigida counts Bread, Love and Dreams, Trapeze, and Come September as among her favorite films, but she has been in almost 70 movies and tv shows, in a screen career spanning from 1946-2011, as popular in America as in her native Italy, where she was born in Subiaco on July 4, 1927. In the early days, some critics dubbed Gina Lollobrigida the Italian Jane Russell, but it soon became clear that she should not be compared to anyone. She had her own style. Could Jane Russell also sing opera as Lollobrigida did?
It’s nice to see that she’s still got “it” and is sharing it with the world.