Nobody is doing their 90s more fabulously than Gina Lollobrigida.
The eternal siren will celebrate her 92nd birthday this year on the 4th of July. She became an international sex symbol by starring in dozens of films in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. Italian-born but quickly welcomed into Hollywood, she would co-star with Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Sean Connery as her fame ballooned.
Think at 92 years old Gina would be sitting quietly at home with yarn and knitting needles? Not exactly! In July 2017, she rang in her milestone 90th birthday with a gigantic bash in Rome, where she could have passed for decades younger in a shimmering silver gown. And in January 2019, she worked it for the paparazzi in a dramatic scarlet number at a film festival.
Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress, and Yul Brynner (1920-1985), US actor, both in costume in a studio portrait, against a white background, issued as publicity for the film, ‘Solomon and Sheba’, 1959. The biblical epic, directed by King Vidor (1894-1982), starred Lollobrigida as the ‘Queen of Sheba’, and Brynner as ‘Solomon’. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Dolores Hope (1909-2011), US singer, Lucille Ball (1911-1989), US comedian, Bob Hope (1903-2003), British-born US comedian, Marie Osmond, US Country music singer, and Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress, attending the recording of the Bob Hope special, ‘Women I Love: Beautiful, But Funny’, USA, 21 February 1982. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
It wasn’t just her beauty and acting abilities that impressed the world: A renowned photojournalist, Lollobrigida snagged a near-impossible interview with Fidel Castro in the 1970s.
Take a look at Gina Lollobrigida through the years in the slideshow above.
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