Romilda Villani became a mother in a charitable shelter: Sophie was illegitimate, as her father refused to marry a pregnant girlfriend. Fleeing from shame, Romilda moved from Rome to the fishing town of Pozzuoli, where, however, she stepped on the same rake, having given birth to her second daughter Maria out of wedlock.
The future actress huddled in a small apartment with her aunt, two uncles and a crowd of relatives, and during the war she also learned what hunger and food on cards are. Due to malnutrition, the girl grew so skinny that at school she was nicknamed a pole. However, by the age of 14, the brown-haired woman had changed and turned into a real beauty, at the appearance of which young Italians whistled playfully.
In her youth, Romilda dreamed of becoming famous, but when it didn’t work out, she decided to realize her ambitions through her daughter. Grandmother sewed a dress from pink curtains for her granddaughter, her mother dyed her black shoes white, and in this outfit Sophie went to the contest “The Queen of the Sea and Her 12 Princesses”. The young model easily outperformed her competitors in real diamonds and made it to the final. The girl did not take first place, but she won a trip to Rome, and the Eternal City turned her life around forever. September 20 Sophia Loren turns 88, and it’s time to tell how she turned into a sex symbol and style icon.
Fatal meeting and first roles