Gina Lollobrigida, from the dream life to the cruel family disputes over her fortune and a final cry: “Let me die in peace”
For the past 15 years, the Italian diva's life has turned into a nightmare. First a fiancé wanted to rip her off and then came a bitter fight with her only son and her grandson who stayed with her to the end
The più bella lady of the world is exhausted from the fact that her family does not let her live in peace and be able to decide what she wants
Her curvilinear physique was considered to be of such magnitude that even the rigid French incorporated it into their vocabulary the word lollobrigienne, to designate ladies with extraordinarily feminine shapes. And it is that Gina Lollobrigida was, since the mid-forties, a sex-symbol beyond its borders. La donna più bella del mondo -as she was called for years in honor of the film she shot in 1955– was third in the Miss Italy pageant, in 1947. Lucía Bosé -mother of the singer- won the title. But she from that paradise she went off the rail little by little. In recent years, her tears were more than her smiles until her death this Monday at the age of 95, at her home in Rome.
La Lollo – as she became known throughout the world – lived her last years crossed by a tough dispute over her property with her son and a young friend. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame star had a special relationship with Andrea Piazzola, 34, for several years. The two are self-proclaimed “friends”, and she recently appointed him as her assistant and administrator of her 40 million euro fortune. In fact, he himself moved into her house with his partner and their daughter, which angered the Italian's family.
Gina Lollobrigida's curves were world famous and secured her a film career. In France they coined the term lollobrigienne, to designate ladies with extraordinarily feminine shapes
Andrea Piazzolla came into the life of the diva when he was 24 years old and she was 86. Soon a great complicity was born between them. At first he was her driver and assistant and over time he became her confidante , until becoming administrator of the immense fortune that the actress has amassed over more than five decades of work in film and television in Italy and in Hollywood.
Reserved on most occasions, Piazzolla tries to stay out of the spotlight. Two years ago he was the father of a girl whom he has named Gina junior, in honor of the muse. On a few occasions, although he hasn't done it for a long time, he has visited the television channels to defend himself and offer his version. In one of his last public appearances, Piazzolla said: “I don't want Gina to seem like a person who hasn't been generous with her family. Milko is a very nice person and I don't think she was ever interested in money.”
In Milan, during the celebration of the anniversary of Oggi magazine, she accompanied by her assistant Andrea Piazzolla (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)
The actress's only son, Milko Skofic, and her grandson, Dmitri, believe Piazzolla targeted their money. In 2013 and 2018, Piazzola was accused of trying to sell art and various items from Lollo's house at auction without her knowledge, for an approximate value of 300,000 euros. The star's family did not leave things to chance and accused Piazzolla of cheating an elderly person out of financial gain.
The case went to court, where theThe son and grandson of the consecrated diva requested the transfer of rights to manage their property, but the judges ruled that Gina Lollobrigida, when she turned 93, was safe and fully capable of making independent decisions. But the case reached the Supreme Court, where the judges ruled that she could not manage her money.
The Italian star hired a famous Italian lawyer, considered a red flag for the Italian mafia, in order to regain control of his fortune.
An image with her Slovenian husband Milko Škofič and their son Andrea Milko, who today claims to manage Gina's fortune
And this was not the first time that Gina Lollobrigida's intimate life has gone through a scandal . In October 2006, at the age of 79, she announced to the press her engagement to a 45-year-old Spanish businessman, Javier Rigau y Rafols. They had met at a party in Monte Carlo in 1984, and since then have become companions. Finally that same year, the Italian and Rigau signed a prenuptial agreement and got married in Spain.
But in 2013 Lollobrigida took legal action against Javier Rigau and Rafols, alleging that her ex-boyfriend had staged a secret ceremony in which he “married” an impostor who was posing as her in a civil registry of Barcelona. The Solomon and Sheba star said she intended to claim his estate after his death and accused Rigau of fraud, saying he had previously obtained the legal right to act on his behalf with a power of attorney and carried out the plot to get additional power of attorney.
“A while ago you talked me into giving you my power of attorney. She needed him for some legal matters. But instead I'm afraid she took advantage of the fact that I don't understand Spanish… Who knows what made me sign, “she declared at the time.
Gina at the Gala de la Croix in Monaco, together with the Catalan man she fell in love with and tricked her into a fake marriage
Lollobrigida had last filmed a movie in 1997. “ I studied painting and sculpture at school and became an actress by mistake… I have had many lovers and still have romances. All my life, I have had too many admirers “, the actress told the press a few years after retiring from the scene, while acknowledging her eternal weakness for younger men.
Last December, Gina declared with tears in her eyes on the RAI program Domenica In, that it is not a hoax on the part of Piazzola and that she has the right to live , but also to die “in peace”. “Andrea was a blessing to me. She is like my son. I feel so tired. I haven't done anything wrong, but (my family) is mad at me and won't leave me alone... At my age I should have some peace, but I don't. I have the right to live and die in peace. Let me die in peace. Life is mine and I want to be able to decide what I want.”
This note is an update of the original version published on July 4, 2022