Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida dies at the age of 95
The star was the undisputed muse of Italian cinematography and the last diva of Hollywood's Golden Years
File photo of the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, in 2018 (Reuters)
The Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, one of the greatest stars in the history of cinema, died today at the age of 95 at her home in Rome, according to local media reports.
“The Bersagliera has left us. It is with deep sorrow that her son, Milko, and her grandson, Dimitri, make the sad announcement. In this moment of great pain, the family asks the media for the utmost respect”, reads a note from the family published by the Italian media.
Lollobrigida, the undisputed muse of Italian cinematography and the last diva of the Golden Years of Hollywood, was admitted to a clinic in Rome in September after suffering a fractured femur due to a domestic fall , although she was discharged.
Along with Frank Sinatra in the 1959 film “When Blood Boils” (Getty Images/Moviepix)
Tireless as she was, the actress and artist had even contested the general elections on September 25 for the “Sovereign and Popular Italy” list with the Communist Party .
Lollobrigida was born in Subiaco on July 4, 1927, and after the war, as a youth, moved to the nearby Italian capital, Rome, where she began study.
She is considered one of the great actresses of Italian cinema, from her beginnings in 1946 in “Aquila neta” by Riccardo Freda to working with some of the most renowned directors, such as < b>Pietro Germi, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica or Mario Soldati.
Her fame rose enormously in the 1950s and 1960s, also for her role in the cycle “Pane, amore e…” by Luigi Comencini.
Lollobrigida worked with some of the most renowned Italian directors, such as Pietro Germi, Mario Monicelli, Vittorio De Sica or Mario Soldati.
In those years, “Lollo” was divided between the Cinecittà studios in Rome and Hollywood, with unforgettable works such as “Beat the Devil” (1953) with Humphrey Bogart, or “ Trapeze” (1956) with Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster.
She was “La donna più bella del mondo”, as she recited that 1955 film by Robert Z. Leonard, but also the Queen of Sheba in the film “Salomon and Sheba” by King Vidor with Yul Brynner, who had to replace Tyrone Power, who died during filming.
Gina Lollobrigida in 1950. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Her personal and love life was eventful. In 1949 she married the Slovenian doctor Milko Skofic , with whom she had a son, Milko.
A picture with her Slovenian husband Milko Škofič and their son Andrea Milko, who today claims to manage Gina's fortune
In 2010 secretly married Spanish businessman Javier Rigau, thirty years younger.
Subsequently, the diva claimed to have married by deception and, after a judicial process in which Rigau was acquitted, she obtained the annulment of the marriage by the Vatican.
She has spent her last years in her imposing villa in Rome's Appia Antica accompanied by an assistant, including the 35-year-old Andrea Piazzola, accused of plundering his immense heritage.
In Milan, during the celebration of the anniversary of Oggi magazine, accompanied by her assistant Andrea Piazzolla (Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)
Piazzola has been taken to court by Gina's relatives, who obtained judicial protection of his assets.
The truth is that in recent years the star, who had signs of senile dementia, was forced to auction off her impressive jewelry box.
A significant part of her assets, such as the furniture from her mansion, ended up in a guarded warehouse by order of the judge, after the family will begin its offensive against Piazzolla.
The young man does not hide his high standard of living and is frequently seen arriving at the best venues in the capital with luxury cars and all kinds of ostentation.
(With information from EFE)