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Tribute To Sophia Loren by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of Sophia Loren with a gala evening of film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues, concluding with an onstage conversation with the Oscar®-winning actress on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

In 1961 Loren earned the first Academy Award® presented to a lead performer in a non-English speaking role, for “Two Women,” directed by Vittorio De Sica. Prior to her win, Loren had already made an indelible impression on film audiences both in her native Italy and throughout the world.

De Sica directed Loren to another Oscar nomination in “Marriage Italian Style” (1964) opposite her most frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni. The two starred in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (1964), the winner of that year’s Foreign Language Film Academy Award for Italy, and “A Special Day” (1977), which was also nominated in that category.

Adept at dramatic, comedic and romantic roles, Loren traveled effortlessly between Hollywood and international productions, delivering memorable performances opposite many great leading men, including Cary Grant (“Houseboat,” 1958), Clark Gable (“It Started in Naples,” 1960), Charlton Heston (“El Cid,” 1961), Gregory Peck (“Arabesque,” 1966), Marlon Brando (“A Countess from Hong Kong,” 1967, directed by Charles Chaplin), Peter O’Toole (“Man of La Mancha,” 1972), and Richard Burton (“The Voyage,” 1974). Her long marriage to producer Carlo Ponti yielded many roles for the actress, as well as two sons.

Loren’s career and peerless beauty remain impressive today, with memorable turns in such films as Lina Wertmuller’s ”Saturday, Sunday and Monday” (1990), Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)” (1994), again with Mastroianni, and Rob Marshall’s musical “Nine” (2009).

In 1990 the Academy presented an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) to Loren in acknowledgment of her status as “one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form.”

Tickets to “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will be available for purchase beginning Friday, April 1. There is a two ticket limit for this event. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

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