Gina Lollobrigida Poster

Trivia (20)

In November 1998, £10,000 worth of her jewels was stolen from a bag. This happened at a hotel reception in Munich, Germany, while she was waiting for a taxi to the airport.

"Lollo", a kind of curly lettuce, was named after her.

She was a successful photojournalist and scooped the world's press by obtaining an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.

She was placed third in the Miss Italy competition in 1947 behind Lucia Bosè and Gianna Maria Canale.

Has three sisters: Guiliana Lollobrigida, Maria Lollobrigida and Fernanda Lollobrigida.

She was considered for the role of Asunción Olazábal in Beyond the Horizon (1994), which went to Luisa Kuliok.

Was head of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1986.

Joey "The Lips" Fagan's trumpet in the Roddy Doyle novel "The Commitments" is named after her.

She was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965).

In May 2013, her diamond jewelry sold for more than $4.9 million in Geneva, setting an auction record for pearl earrings, according to Sotheby's. The earrings beat the $1.98 million figure set in 2011 from the sale of ones made by Bulgari for Elizabeth Taylor. Lollobrigida said was selling the jewelry to raise money for stem cell research.

Gave birth to her first child at age 30, a son Milko Skofic Jr. on July 28, 1957. Child's father is now ex-husband, Milko Skofic.

Has one grandson: Dimitri Milko Skofic. Former mother-in-law of Maria Grazia Fantasia.

In October 2006, at age 79, she announced to Spain's ¡Hola! magazine 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 had since become companions. The engagement was called off on 6 December 2006, reportedly because of the strain of intense media interest. In January 2013, she started legal action against Javier Rigau y Rafols, claiming that her ex-boyfriend had staged a secret ceremony in which he "married" an imposter pretending to be her at a registry office in Barcelona. She said he intended to lay claim to her estate after her death. Lollobrigida accused Rigau of fraud, saying that he had earlier obtained the legal right to act on her behalf with a power of attorney, and carried out the plot to get extra power.

Was good friends with Shelley Winters. Winters' daughter Vittoria Gassman's middle name Gina is in honor of Lollobrigida.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 2018.

Humphrey Bogart, who played her husband in Beat the Devil (1953), disliked her and nicknamed her "Frigidaire".

The Croatian-Slovenian electropop band Lollobrigida, founded in the early 2000s, is named after her.

She auditioned for the role of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953), which eventually went to Audrey Hepburn.

Speaking about the film Four Kinds of Love she said 'I liked that film very much but I had some trouble with the censor. It was a big story in Italy, a big case. I almost went to prison but really I didn't do anything that was perhaps sexy but was decent. What we see today on film or in the theatre is so unbelievable it's for children now. The trouble was because of the way the character tried to seduce a man in the film. On Solomon and Sheba she said 'I did that in Spain and had the most terrible experience in my work because my partner Tyrone Power died during the filming just in front of us within 10 minutes and was one of the most terrible experiences in my life. On her favourite leading men. Rock Hudson was one of the most gentle partners I ever worked with, it's impossible not to like him, he's so good, nice, friendly and wonderful to work with.

Born on exactly the same date as Neil Simon.