Sophia Loren Academy Tribute

Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren ca. 1958

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will feature film clips and personal remarks from friends and colleagues, concluding with an onstage chat with Loren, the first performer to win an Oscar for a non-English-speaking role – Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica.

De Sica directed Loren – who was married to producer Carlo Ponti – to another Best Actress Oscar nomination in Marriage Italian Style (1964), opposite her most frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni. Loren and Mastroianni also starred in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964), the winner of that year's Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, and A Special Day (1977), which was also nominated in that category.

More recently, Loren could be seen in Lina Wertmüller'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 early 1991, the Academy presented an Honorary Award to Loren, referring to her 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.”

Sophia Loren

Tickets to “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” became available for purchase 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.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Photos: Courtesy of AMPAS

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